Y-TAC: from eSports to STEM
Charlotte’s 1st Youth Technology Apprenticeship Camp
YTAC is a 1st of its kind workforce training program for youth that intertwines esports competition and game development with custom development curriculum that exposes High School students not planning to head to a 4 year University to a career pathway in technology. Said another way, this program meets students in areas that naturally interest them, and uses e-sports and friendly competition as a gateway to STEM, and how technology and coding can offer an exciting career and life.
The Carolina Fintech Hub and CELC, in partnership with the Bank of America, CMS, and the City of Charlotte are accepting at least 20 CMS students to be participants in this initial Cohort of YTAC.
This was initially planned for a physical launch in July, but given the impacts of COVID-19 on our school system, it was decided this program would be virtualized (meaning those selected would participate entirely remotely), and moved up in timeline to help fill the void for those graduating soon that are not planning on going to a 4 year University and find themselves with free time given the statewide school closure impacts.
With an aggressive plan in mind to help provide alternatives, YTAC is scheduled to begin on April 20th and last through May 15th.
What can participants that are accepted into the program expect on a day to day basis?
- From 9:30-10:30am each day they will be in smaller virtual breakout groups where they will be working on their project work, labs, and building their own game in a hackathon competition.
- From 10:30-12:00pm they will participate in the esports competition each day. Each day and week will bring different games and different competitions in elimination and round-robin formats. There will be overall leaderboards updated over the entire month, and competitions will be livestreamed for all of Charlotte and the e-sports world to tune in each day.
- From 1:00-5:00pm they will enter the classroom where they will receive training that positions them to become full stack developers and enter careers in technology.
Oh… and they will also be paid the equivalent of over $10 an hour, receive an apprenticeship credential for their resume, and have the opportunity to be pre-selected into the Carolina Fintech Hub WIN Program (Workforce Investment Network), where they will be paid full time for an additional 6 months to learn to code and guaranteed a job at Charlotte’s top companies making $55K a year to start.
Applications are open until April 17th. Fill in the information below and you will be entered into the candidate pool. You will then receive instructions on how to complete your aptitude assessment. Don’t wait to apply – the sooner you apply the more time you will have to complete step 2 in the selection process.
Fill out your information below to find out more information about the YTAC program! Deadline: April 17, 2020