2 Min Read • September 28, 2022

WSU Tech Launches Upskilling Initiative to Expand Career Pathways in the Tech Industry


WICHITA, KS., September 27, 2022 — WSU Tech today announced a partnership with the tech talent accelerator SkillStorm that will provide increased access to industry-recognized credentials in high-demand enterprise technologies, including AWS, Salesforce, CompTIA and Pega training. As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting its local community, WSU Tech is launching this initiative to create new pathways into the digital workforce and broaden career opportunities for those living in Wichita and south-central Kansas.

“Our work at WSU Tech is driven by a common goal: creating opportunities for our students, and strengthening the region’s economy by ensuring that employers have access to a workforce with the training and skills to succeed,” said WSU Tech President, Dr. Sheree Utash. “By expanding access to technology certification courses, this partnership is enabling us to offer practical, career-aligned education that will boost economic mobility for WSU Tech students and alumni, while also helping to address local talent needs.”

The partnership with SkillStorm, which began this month, has already enrolled 20 full-time students into SkillStorm’s AWS Cloud Computing training program as part of a WSU Tech IT course, ensuring that participants will earn both an industry-recognized credential and credit that counts toward their degree.

“SkillStorm’s platform and expertise is supplementing our existing course programming in ways that will put our learners on a path to a successful career in tech,” said Ashley Likes, Program Director for digital technologies and software technology at WSU Tech. “This partnership will help improve access to digital skills for students at a time when the demand for technology talent has never been higher.”

The certification courses consist of two tracks, the Accelerator Program and the Emerging Tech Program. SkillStorm’s Accelerator Program provides online, asynchronous and instructor-led training courses to help students gain certification in AWS, Salesforce, CompTIA and Pega technologies. The Emerging Tech Program hires, trains, and certifies entry-level tech talent over the course of 10-12 weeks, before deploying them at Fortune 500 companies and federal contractors.

“Against a backdrop of accelerating digital transformation, colleges like WSU Tech have a critical role to play in preparing their students to navigate tomorrow’s world of work,” said Joe Mitchell, COO at SkillStorm. “This initiative is not only broadening access to employment opportunities for learners throughout the state, but also demonstrating the potential of innovative partnerships that can bridge the gap between higher education and the workforce.”

This press release was originally posted on PR Newswire, to read the full article click here.


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