Kenzie Academy Program to 'Level The Playing Field'

Updated:
Chok Ooi is the co-founder and CEO of Kenzie Academy. Chok Ooi is the co-founder and CEO of Kenzie Academy.
INDIANAPOLIS -

The co-founder and chief executive officer of Kenzie Academy in Indianapolis says a new partnership will "change the equation" in growing the tech workforce. The tech training school is partnering with Michigan-based Kelly Services to launch an "Earn and Learn" program, which will allow students to earn a paycheck while enrolled. Chok Ooi says the program addresses one of the biggest barriers blocking potential students from attending and levels the playing field for future tech workers.

Students will have access to flexible, part-time, technical support services jobs through Kelly Services. The jobs are remote, allowing students to work from home after attending courses at Kenzie Academy.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Ooi said tech employers are looking for more diversity in the tech hiring pipeline. 

"You cannot really truly achieve diversity if you don't solve one of the biggest barriers of people looking to retrain themselves and go back to school, which is how can they support themselves financially while they are spending time training themselves," said Ooi. "So what you end up with is a pipeline of people who either come privileged or have the financial means to support themselves while they go to school and what you're doing is leaving out a lot of other people who have that potential, but they need to be able to earn a living while they're doing that."

Ooi says the goal is to make higher education accessible to everyone, including adult learners who recently lost their jobs or are looking for a career change, and take the financial barrier out of the picture so they can retrain themselves for a high-paying tech job. 

Kenzie Academy says the jobs provided through the program will cater to students' class schedules and will pay well above the minimum wage. Ooi adds, because the jobs are technical support positions, they will also provide additional soft skills and professional development to boost students' chances of success.

Kenzie Academy is currently accepting applications for its January courses, which will be available at its Indianapolis campuses and online.

  • Perspectives

    • (photo courtesy of Conexus)

      October Celebrates Indiana’s Vibrant Manufacturing Industry

      Indiana is the most manufacturing intensive state in the country and more than a third of the state’s GDP comes from the industry. The health and wellness of Indiana’s economy is dependent on the state’s manufacturing industry. But Hoosiers face a challenge: it is expected that nearly a quarter of the current manufacturing workforce will be of retirement age in the next 10 years and we lack the generational workforce to make up that gap.

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Regal Beloit is closing in Valparaiso. (photo courtesy; The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Valpo Bearings Plant to Close, Eliminating 160+ Jobs

      Wisconsin-based Regal Beloit Corp. and the union representing workers have reached an agreement about the closing of a helicopter bearing factory in Valparaiso. According to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana, the decision will cost between 160 to 170 workers their jobs. 

    • (image courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      U.S. Steel Updates Layoff Notice to State

      Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) has updated the State of Indiana regarding its previously announced layoffs at the East Chicago Tin Mill. The company says 314, rather than 307, workers will be displaced when the mill is idled this fall. 

    • The Columbian Home Products plant was built in Terre Haute in 1902.

      Kitchenware Maker to Close in Terre Haute

      Illinois-based Columbian Home Products LLC has sent a letter to the State of Indiana saying it intends to close its plant in Terre Haute and lay off 82 workers. According to the WARN letter sent to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the layoffs will begin on December 1. 

    • The Lawn at White River State Park currently hosts concerts, but is not a permanent venue. (photo courtesy White River State Park)

      White River Park to Break Ground on Permanent Venue

      White River State Park in Indianapolis will Wednesday host a ground-breaking ceremony for a permanent concert venue on its concert lawn. The project, announced early last year, will include a permanent st...

    • Ingram Micro has more than 170 facilities throughout the world.

      Ingram Micro to Make Announcement

      Officials in Plainfield are set to make another economic development announcement Wednesday morning. Few details are available, however the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says executives from California-based Ingram Micro will take part in the announcement.