Conversations around workforce development, apprenticeship models, and the future of work often highlight insights from employers and college presidents. The Participant Voices podcast series aims to weave the voices of workers and learners into these conversation, by lifting the voices of the TechHire participant community in order to reach grantees nationwide and help them continue to build, sustain, and/or scale their training programs.

In this podcast series, five TechHire participants from across the country share their experiences and insights on the qualities and characteristics of successful, motivating, and supportive training programs.


Chris – Everett Community College – MechaWA Partnership Project (Everett, WA)

Everett Community College’s TechHire program, the MechaWA Partnership Project, provides a competency-based career pathway to award TechHire participants with a mechatronics Associate of Technical Arts degree in order to jumpstart their career in local IT and aerospace industries.

Joel – State Technical College of Missouri – MoStart Project (Linn, MO)

State Tech of Missouri's TechHire program, otherwise known as MoStart, focuses on supportive training pathways and expanded employment opportunities within the IT and manufacturing industry.

Malaysia – Wake Technical Community College – Project SECURE (Raleigh, NC)

Wake Tech’s TechHire program, Project SECURE, provides support services and training programs targeting computer-related occupations and IT industries locally and nationally.

Patrick – Goodwill Industries of the Valley (Roanoke, VA)

Goodwill’s TechHire program focuses on expanding employment opportunities in the IT industry through a wide array of IT-related credentials and on ramps to paid internships and registered apprenticeships.

Sujeiry – UAW-LETC – Los Angeles Valley College (Los Angeles, CA)

UAW-LETC in Los Angeles works closely with the Los Angeles Valley College and Los Angeles Workforce Training program to train individuals for careers in the IT and AM industry.