LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Things looked bleak after college for Alex Brashaer.
He had moved back home to eastern Kentucky and was having troubling finding a job but that all changed when he heard the word Interapt--a high demand IT skills program being offered in his area.
"It was just such an immersive experience it really led to more of a feeling of this is how I can make a career for myself, whereas with college previously I had learned so much through my experiences at college but I didn't really feel ready to take that next step, you know ready to move onto a career where I felt like I could go out make these type of things these type of applications and things," Brashaer said.
Interapt has now teamed up with the Humana Foundation and the University of Louisville to bring "Louisville Skills" to 25 individuals looking to build the necessary technical and life skills to work in a high-tech environment.
"Everything in our lives these days is powered by technology and that means that there are so many different applications that we have yet to explore and that makes it a really fast growing field with a lot of different jobs cropping up everywhere. So we consider it a great opportunity to have jobs that are in demand that constitute a real hope for people who get skilled up in it," Program Manager Marnix Warren said.
Interapt focuses many of its training efforts on overlooked populations..
This time around they’re encouraging folks from Louisville’s West End to apply with or without a college degree.
"We believe that those barriers demographics, economic leve, and your socio-economic position should not prevent you from entering into these high growth fields like coding and again that's why we think the West End is great candidate for our program," Warren said.
But the commitment has to be there.
The program meets 5 days a weeks, for six hours a day, and for four months..
There is however a $100.00 stipend offered each week.
U of L says they are excited about the partnership and the potential life changing outcomes.
"As these participants get through the training skills cohort and move to employment and continue to further their skills build upon them get apprenticeships and then move up the career lader with credentials and more knowledge the world is theirs, they can move up as far as they can conceive," Ann Larson said.
Just ask Alex.
Life is no longer living paycheck to paycheck or hoping he'll find the right the opportunity one day.
"It's just been such a huge opportunity for me I really feel like I'm taking control of my life and have this opportunity to really change things and you know move in this direction," Brashaer said.
Applicants have until the first week in August to apply.