VMWare Workshop Series Helps Train Unemployed IT Professionals

Tech Collective and the PVD VMware User Group team up to deliver a 6 part workshop series to Tech Force RI participants



Providence, R.I. November 7, 2016 – The Providence VMWare User Group (VMUG), who serves as a community resource for VMware users and Partner Companies located in the greater Providence area, donated their services to help Tech Force RI participants - who are unemployed and underemployed IT professionals - learn more about virtualization through the VMWare VSphere toolbox. The six course workshop series was designed specifically for Tech Force RI participants and uses VMWare Hands on Labs to demonstrate a number of virtualization, vSphere, virtual infrastructure, troubleshooting, and analysis features.

The TechForce RI participants receiving training are part of Rhode Island’s $7.5 million dollar, U.S. Department of Labor, Ready to Work grant, aimed to address the state’s IT industry employment and workforce needs. In addition to training, each trainee also receives volunteer mentorship from a member of the PVD VMware User Group.

 “We couldn’t be more pleased with the experience the PVD VMUG group has given our TechForce RI participants,” said Ian McGarty, Career Coach for the TechForce RI program at Tech Collective. “The exposure to the VMware VSphere suite of tools is invaluable to so many people in our program as it is a highly sought-after skill here in Rhode Island and across the country. Moreover, the opportunity to learn from industry professionals who use these tools everyday has provided an ideal environment for real-time feedback as these folks learn the numerous features the cloud-computing virtualization platform has to offer. We can’t thank VMware enough for encouraging each user group to create community service oriented projects like this one. It’s helped us maximize the effectiveness of our program and increase the opportunity for these individuals to find employment again.”

“As a community focused group, Providence VMUG wanted to participate in a service project that leveraged our talent as technical professionals,” said Mike Marseglia, Co-chair of the Providence VMUG Group. “When we approached the Tech Collective with our idea to host a series of workshops they were very receptive.  We are pleased to have contributed over 80 service hours to help IT professionals learn new skills. “

The PVDVMUG meets three times a year to share best practices, expertise and to provide VMware with user feedback. Each of the trainee’s has been invited to attend the next meeting taking place on Thursday, November 17th from 12 pm – 5 pm at New England Institute of Technology. For more information on the PVDVMUG group, go to: www.vmug.com/providence.

About Tech Collective:

Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. We foster the growth, innovation, and economic momentum of Rhode Island’s high-tech industries and workforce. Collaborating with local and national government, industry, and academic partners, Tech Collective programs directly impact Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $12M in federal, state, and private grant funding. Awards and funding include Governor’s Workforce Board RI Industry Partnerships, Real Jobs RI, Ready to Work/ Tech Force RI, and national recognition with the state of Rhode Island from President Obama’s TechHire initiative.

Get connected to Tech Collective at www.tech-collective.org, on LinkedIn (Tech-Collective), on Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI).


About the Providence VMWare User Group

The Providence VMware User Group (PVDVMUG) community represents a tremendous resource for VMware users and partner companies located in the greater Providence area.  PVDVMUG connects technical professionals with one another and with VMware.

You can find PVDVMUG on Twitter @pvdvmug, LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4694704 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pvdvmug/.



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