Program Description

Dear Applicant,

Congratulations!  You have taken the first step toward becoming an IT Beginnings participant.  By completing this application, you are expressing your interest in working toward a career in IT.

 The IT Beginnings is a new initiative to provide young adults the chance to improve their IT skills, learn about careers in IT, and develop their resume and job seeking skills.  IT Beginnings: A Raleigh Tech Hire Initiative is a partnership with the City of Raleigh, Capital Area Workforce Development Board, Wake Technical Community College and area businesses. Each partner brings their strengths to help young people become prepared for a career in IT.

 Many people will apply for the program, so make sure that your application stands out. Please answer all questions completely. If you have any questions, call or email the contact person on the application. We will not review incomplete applications.

 Based on the applications we receive, a group of candidates will be chosen and invited to an interview.  For your interview you will want to arrive prepared, energized, and on time. After the interviews, we will select our first class.

Program Details:
- Open to applicants between 18 and 24 years old
- Participants must have a high school diploma or equivalency (such as a GED)
- Participants must be unemployed or under employed
- Priority is given to low-income residents
- Space is limited to 15 students
- Participants must live in Wake County
- Classes take place twice a week with occasional business tours at other times

Program Schedule:
August 21, 2017 – November 15, 2017
Monday & Wednesday afternoons, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

* 1. Personal Information

* 2. Secondary Contact Information (Please provide contact information of someone that can easily be contacted in case of emergency)

* 3. Are you between the ages of 18 and 24? 

* 4. Do you live in Wake County?

* 5. What is the highest level of education you have completed or the highest degree you have received?

* 6. Which of the following categories best describes your employment status?

* 7. Work Experience: Please share up to three previous jobs. Start with the most recent.

* 8. Work Experience Continued:

* 9. Work Experience Continued:

* 10. Reference: Please share information of someone, not related to you, who can serve as a reference for you. This could be an employer, teacher, or leader that you have worked with.

* 11. Rate your ability to use technology:

* 12. Have you ever taken a technology course before?

* 13. Where do you have access to a computer? Check all that apply:

* 14. Where do you have access to the internet? Check all that apply:

* 15. How often do you use a computer?

* 16. How often do you use the internet?

* 17. How do you rate your skills in the areas below? Mark one box for each area.

  High Medium Low Not at all
Internet (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.)
Email (Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.)
Social Media (Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.)
Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Coding (Web Design, Scratch, HTML, CSS, etc.)
Digital Media (Music, Photography, Movie Maker, Video)
Graphics (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)
Wiring and Cabling for Networks
Software Installation
PC Troubleshooting and Maintenance
Operating Systems (Windows, Mac O/S)
Blogs, Discussion Groups, Podcasting
Other: (Robotics, 3D Printing, etc.)
Short Answer Questions: Answer each of the questions below. Please be thorough with you responses.

* 18. Describe a situation or experience (professional or personal) where you have taken leadership.

* 19. As a student, what are your strengths and challenges?

* 20. What are your future education and career goals and how do they relate to IT?

* 21. IT Beginnings provides students an opportunity to improve their IT skills, learn about career in IT, and develop their resume and job seeking skills. In one paragraph, share why you want to be a part of this program and how this program will help support your career goals.