Tech Charlotte

An initiative of the City of Charlotte’s Housing & Neighborhood Services, to help residents develop career pathways by providing access to technology education, and training. TechCharlotte has three parts:
  1. Working with youth ages 16-24 year old and residents to gain technology experience, industry education and application, and career pathways. In the Summer of 2017, the Partners for Place grant funded a TechCharlotte high school internship.
  2. Working with community leaders from the North End to identify community technology needs and it was quickly realized that what residents wanted most was a place to connect to the internet. This led to a partnership with Google Fiber and Hygge coworking to support a physical space for the community. This space will provide residents with:
    - Internet connectivity
    - The ability to access new resources and training; and
    - The opportunity to build meaningful relationships and co-create the NESD alongside public, private and nonprofit partners.
  3. Grant funds will also be used to provide free public WiFi in Dillehay Courts by mid-2018 for a year.

Impacts

The results of the April - June survey are below. Download a PDF version of the impacts.

Road to Hire:

  • 12-week long workforce training program
  • 17 students enrolled
  • 6 finished a course

Earn a Laptop:

  • 6-session long computer literacy training
  • 14 students enrolled
  • 100% of enrolled students completed the course, earning a refurbished laptop

Digi-bridge STEM Saturdays

  • 26 children participated

Tech Charlotte Youth Internship

  • 60 hours of work
  • 24 interns aged 16 – 18
  • $12.50 per hour