Northeastern Wisconsin tech training program becomes national model

Sam Fried

Table of Contents ‘I got my dream job’Emphasizing diversity, equity Keith Stephan has always had a “huge passion for all things tech.”  The Plymouth resident has built computers, designed websites, written programming and handled graphic design duties. He wanted a technology career, but didn’t think there’d be many opportunities for someone like him, […]

Keith Stephan has always had a “huge passion for all things tech.” 

The Plymouth resident has built computers, designed websites, written programming and handled graphic design duties. He wanted a technology career, but didn’t think there’d be many opportunities for someone like him, who dropped out of high school and wanted to stay in his hometown of Plymouth.  

Stephan’s spark came in summer 2020 when he decided to take the General Educational Development test, just to see how he’d do. He passed and that turned out to be the confidence boost he needed to apply that fall to a new computer science career training program for northeastern Wisconsin residents.  

The program, originally called Upskilling but recently rebranded as gener8tor Skills Accelerator, was Stephan’s first formal computer science training. It started him on a path toward a career in his dream industry. 

“There was a lot of hesitation on my end because I lacked confidence to do it. I won’t be accepted. I won’t get the position I want,” Stephan said. “Taking that first step let me go from being a dropout to getting my diploma to setting my goals. The most important step in that process is to push yourself.”

https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/money/2022/01/26/northeastern-wisconsin-tech-training-program-becomes-national-model/6503161001/

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