Cyber Talk Radio: Tech Talent South

Bret Piatt, CTR Host, and Brian Garcia, Tech Talent South San Antonio Community Manager - Week 76 of Cyber Talk Radio

Show Summary

This past Saturday, March 10, episode 76 of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by Brian Garcia to discuss Tech Talent South in San Antonio.

We kick off the show by having Brian tell us about Tech Talent South. Tech Talent South (TTS) is a Charlotte-based coding bootcamp dedicated to fostering talent in technology throughout the southeast U.S. and aid the region in evolving its high-tech hubs. TTS has launched campuses in high-growth technology cities including Charlotte, Atlanta, Raleigh, Asheville, New Orleans, Dallas, Phoenix, San Antonio, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and Columbus. TTS has been in San Antonio for a little over a year and classes are hosted at VentureX, a local co-working space. Interested in attending TTS, are there any prerequisites? Brian recommends that you need to have a basic knowledge of the front-end development (CSS and HTML) and back-end development (Ruby on Rails). TTS also supports and encourages students to take coding classes with their Kids Code program. The goal of Kids Code is to expose children to what is possible with technology and to the web’s most fundamental tools and programming languages. Having technology skills will be a critical skill set to have for employment in the future. Brian is enjoying being a part of the startup world and connected with the tech community in San Antonio.

I start the second half of the show asking Brian the question, why San Antonio for Tech Talent South? Brian highlights that San Antonio is focused on adapting to new markets and growing, there is a major need for tech skills and talent development. If you are a business owner or department manager that wants your team to go through a curriculum to learn a specific tech skill, what does TTS offer to meet that need? TTS can tailor a curriculum/program specifically for any company’s needs and timeline. In fact, TTS works with Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX on collegiate education programs. If this sounds interesting for your business, email Brian for more details on the corporate partnerships. How long does it take to get a custom program up and running? It typically takes about 2-4 weeks to get a curriculum developed. From a business perspective, it is also important for entrepreneurs to learn to code even just at a basic level so that you can make better hiring decisions when finding tech development support and also have a high level of understanding to know cost of service, what quality looks like, etc. Learn more about Tech Talent South and its different programs in the full episode replay available here!**

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