Yet another Cloud Wise Academy student has landed a web development job with a small local tech firm. Chris Webber was a former gunsmith, Sprint car driver, and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman with the Navy. He made a perfectly successful transition from the Navy back into civilian life, but had recently run into a number of unrelated misfortunes in his life and was having a difficult time coping. “I won’t go into the situation I was in then, but Cloud Wise Academy gave me a way out of it,” he says. “Six months ago things looked very grim, very rough.”
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October 25th, 2016 – Last Friday, approximately sixty entrepreneurs of all ages filed into the Shasta Venture Hub on Caterpillar road, each committed to a new idea. By the end of the weekend, every one of them would be a part of brand new startup. This high-energy, passion-filled experience is called Startup Weekend.
Tony Giovaniello talks Cloud Wise Academy: Creating a prosperous Shasta Area through technology training
Tony Giovaniello, president of the Shasta Economic Development Corporation, has been trying to solve a problem: many businesses cannot grow as rapidly as they’d like, due to developing talent gap. Traditional training methods are not turning out new additions to the workforce at a rate that meets the demand. This has prevented the local economy from growing as quickly as it could.
Enter Cloud Wise Academy. The academy, incubated by the Shasta EDC, offers six-week training courses aimed at teaching real-world skills and kickstarting technology careers for graduates. “The success of Cloud Wise Academy has been not only the ability to train students, but the ability to connect that training with jobs,” Tony says. “That has been a focus of the Academy from the start. As long as it continues to maintain that focus, I think it will continue to be successful.”