CNY launches apprenticeship program for software developers


SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – The City of Syracuse has partnered with the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) to create the region’s first apprenticeship program in software development.

The city has been working with private sector partners to build a pool of skilled employees in technology occupations since the Syracuse Surge announcement, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said. The partnership, the mayor added, will open up opportunities to attract new employees to the city administration and the region’s growing digital workforce.

The partnership is Syracuse’s first software developer occupation in a registered apprenticeship program and the first MACNY-sponsored apprenticeship in the field of information technology.

MACNY administers CNY registered apprenticeships in partnership with the NYS Department of Labor. In December 2020, the Syracuse Common Board passed an ordinance allowing Syracuse to enter into an agreement with MACNY to sponsor software development apprenticeships. “MACNY is thrilled to partner with the City of Syracuse on our first apprenticeship program in the Information Technology profession,” said Laury Ferguson, Director of Learning and Workforce Development. work of MACNY.

The first apprentice

Nicole Broadnax is the first apprentice software developer through the program in CNY. She has been hired at the city’s digital services division to follow a formal apprenticeship path, and she will be given a journeyman card similar to what a plumber or electrician would have. Nicole will also be able to earn college credit toward an associate’s degree for the training courses she takes.

When Nicole was a student, she says she only heard of learning paths focused on cosmetology and not technical trades. Asked about advice for high school students in professional perplexity, Nicole said: “There are so many generational barriers that can get in the way of your success – you can question your knowledge and your experience. But understand that you’ve worked hard to get here and deserve a seat at the table.

Will the apprenticeship program expand to other areas in the future? Syracuse Director of Digital Services Kelsey May shares, “Although we’re starting out in digital services, I can see the government and partners in the region benefiting from apprenticeships for software engineers.”


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