Syracuse Surge

Syracuse Surge includes an unprecedented series of investments in tech infrastructure that will position Syracuse as one of America’s ‘smartest’ cities and a global leader in the New Economy. Surge was initiated by the City of Syracuse, which, in collaboration with Onondaga County and leading local institutions, is working to ensure inclusive growth in the New Economy through talent and workforce development, minority, women, veteran and disabled owned (XBE) business development and community engagement.

Several Syracuse Surge-led workforce training and advancement programs are focused on creating pathways to in-demand, local careers in high-tech manufacturing. These paid programs include opportunities for training, career exploration and networking, as well as connections to employers.

Learn more about the programs below, including how to apply. It is free to apply and participate. More information is also available on Facebook @syrsurgeworkforce.

Business Opportunities

Surge XBE Exchange

CenterState CEO is working with the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County, with support from JPMorgan Chase Foundation, on programs supporting workforce development and business growth in the emerging tech economy through Syracuse Surge. Through the recently launched Surge XBE Exchange, CenterState CEO will provide support to XBEs (minority-, woman-, veteran- and/or disabled-owned businesses) that enable them to capture business opportunities with established firms in the local market, including larger member businesses or anchor institutions in the Syracuse area.

The Surge XBE Exchange is a Syracuse Surge procurement pilot program aimed at empowering diverse entrepreneurs and company owners to access business opportunities in smart systems, smart cities, high-tech manufacturing and other tech clusters. The program is focused on XBEs in the fields of telecommunications, software development, cybersecruity, digital customer service, advanced manufacturing, digital communications, electrical contracting and business operations.

Members interested in in exploring a business relationship with an existing XBE or an XBE startup, including potential B2B opportunities with XBE firms that could help address: inefficiencies within their company’s operations; capturing untapped markets;commercializing dormant technologies;competing for public funding/contracts and/or having a community impact, please contact Nora Spillane, senior director of Business and Economic Development.

XBE businesses, in the industries of telecommunications, software development, digital customer service, electronics manufacturing and more, interested in taking part in the Surge Exchange procurement pilot program to grow their customer base, access services, and financial support to prepare to access procurement opportunities as part of Syracuse Surge should apply here.

Training Programs and Career Opportunities

Surge Coding Apprenticeship

Hosted by: CenterState CEO & ERIE21

The Surge Coding Apprenticeship. The Surge Coding Apprenticeship is designed to help women and people of color, with mid level coding skills, enter careers in the software/coding industry.  The 12-month program begins with a month-long pre-apprenticeship training during which participants hone the digital, technical and soft skills necessary to enter full time employment. Each apprentice then has the opportunity to enter a full-time paid apprenticeship role with a local employer partner. Apprenticeship positions include junior and entry-level software developer, quality assurance analyst, and data analyst. Through the year-long apprenticeship, participants will be supported by the Surge Coding Apprenticeship program coordinator, who will provide ongoing individual learning and skills development and Tech & Culture network which will provide mentors, professional development, and networking opportunities.

Apply by: May 30

Now accepting applications, here.

For more info: contact lsemidey@centerstateceo.com

View the program flyer, here.

Digital Customer Service

Hosted by: SUNY EOC

This five-week, SUNY EOC  paid training program and internship teaches the foundational skills for a career in digital customer service, . including typing, dual screen usage, and industry specific software.  Participants will be connected to industry experts to learn what it is like to work at a call center, and will have the opportunity to network with local employers. Participants become eligible to interview for a position at Rapid Response Monitoring in a Data Entry or Customer Service Representative role.

Apply by June 10 for early consideration, here.

View the program flyer, here.

Certificate in Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Hosted by: Le Moyne College Erie 21

This program is designed to ready individuals for internships, part-time and full-time opportunities as an entry-level systems/network security administrator or security risk assessor/manager. Priority given to applications received by Dec. 23, 2021. For more info and to apply: https://bit.ly/Erie21CertificateProgram

Certificate in Computer Programming

Hosted by: Le Moyne College Erie 21

This program is designed to ready individuals for internships, part-time and full-time work as an entry entry-level software developer or software engineer. Priority given to applications received by Dec. 23, 2021. For more info and to apply: https://bit.ly/Erie21CertificateProgram

Careers in Code

Hosted by: Hack Upstate

Apply by: Join waiting list

For more info: https://bit.ly/CareersinCode3

Electrical Mechanical Technician

Hosted by: OCM BOCES & Onondaga Community College

This three-week middle-skilled paid training experience co-led by Onondaga Community College and OCM BOCES, includes on-the-job training with employers including Giovanni Foods and Anheuser Busch. The program focus is to prepare skilled workers for careers in mechanical or electrical maintenance, general factory maintenance and servicing large industrial equipment. Candidates should have a pre-assessed knowledge of electrical/mechanical basics. Entry-level wages for these careers range from approximately $18 to $25 an hour.

All applicants must attend an information session and finalists will be selected for interviews. Successful applicants must reside in the City of Syracuse, be at least 18-years old, be authorized to work in the U.S., be able to read, write and speak English, have their General Education Diploma or High School Diploma, and be able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Participants are expected to attend the full training program. Now accepting applications, here.

Surge Advanced Manufacturing

Hosted by: SUNY EOC

This two-week introductory paid training program at SUNY EOC will prepare people for careers in clean high-tech advanced manufacturing. The program covers blueprint reading, industrial math, technical skills, professional development and networking with employers including NexGen Power Systems, Chimera Integrations and ICM Controls. Entry-level wages range from $14 to $18 an hour with overtime frequently available. These careers typically have significant opportunities for advancement.

All applicants must attend an information session and finalists will be selected for interviews. Successful applicants must reside in the City of Syracuse, be at least 18-years old, be authorized to work in the U.S., be able to read, write and speak English, have their General Education Diploma or High School Diploma, and be able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Participants are expected to attend the full training program. Now accepting applications, here.

Surge Learning Community

Hosted by: Tech & Culture/CenterState CE

Apply by: TBD

For more info: @Gennext315 on Facebook and Instagram