CityLab is pleased to announce Summer of STEAMM, a program for underserved youth ages 18 to 24 towards meet some key prerequisites to computer network certification, while preparing for a Regional Tech Competition this fall.
The program officially starts in June of 2017, although small cohorts of 6 to 12 may start as early as April 16 for the ongoing weekend and evening series.
CityLab is a workforce development program offering a variety of services to eligible job seekers through regional TechShops’ across the United States.
A hands-on, culturally relevant variation of the CISCO Academy IT Essentials coursework, CityLab is accredited by various local education agencies.
The program consists of project-based learning with a California state-certified apprenticeship program for select students who show success during the coursework.
CityLab is the only CISCO Academy provider in California coupled with a certified apprenticeship to help its students immediately apply their new skills with a paying employer.
By design, CityLab moves previously unskilled learners of all ages through both the conceptual and hands-on learning path of the IT Essentials coursework and into a paying job.
Because it is held in the “maker” focused environment of The TechShop, students of CityLab are introduced to many different applications of the coursework.
TechShop serves as a veritable laboratory of design, art, manufacturing, music, and entrepreneurship: hence the name, CityLab.
The TechShop provides a concentrated environment of the Internet of Everything, an ideal theater in which students can experiment with and perform their new skills.
CityLab then takes select students out into the “real-world” through apprenticeships: business environments where students can apply their new skills outside of the TechShop laboratory and get paid.
It’s not quite immediate gratification for young students, but it does enable students to connect their learning to earning, providing them with their first taste of a new, professional identity.
CityLab mentors help formerly disenfranchised students (either because of ethnic or economic disparities, or having been caught up in the legal system) experience success with their skills and to internalize a new set of values.
Together, students propel themselves out of old habits of mind, out of economics of poverty, and into a newly enfranchised status in they can participate in the global economy of today’s and tomorrow’s technology.
CityLab sprung to life three years ago from the Maximum Balance Foundation’s effort to reduce recidivism in the San Francisco City and County jail system by teaching CISCO’s IT Essentials course to incarcerated veterans.
At that time, the program focused specifically on first-time offenders who were also U.S. military service veterans. The initial program’s success has led to a wider application of related programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, including our newly announced youth program.
Like the program before it, this program is open to all youth of any background. However, we strongly encourage young people of color and that previously were incarcerated to participate.
Career assessment, coaching, job readiness workshops, and enrollment are offered as part of CityLab’ s advanced certification technical CISCO Systems training program, of which Summer of STEAM is a prerequisite. During the entire enrollment period, students are given access to advanced technical training tools as well as the opportunity to earn wages through part- time work related to specific career path goals.