I’ve always been interested in tech, but my background is in business. For years I’ve been intrigued by the massive growth happening in the tech and business sectors. Demand for software developers is expected to reach 22% by 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
I realized that there was an increasing demand for highly skilled tech developers and tech talent that would, ultimately, exceed the availability of talent in traditional tech geos like Silicon Valley, Austin, RTP and even Silicon Alley. With more companies adopting tech-first business models, I knew that demand would outpace the supply of tech talent. Businesses will need more tech talent to operate in the modern workplace, and leaders are already scrambling.
My co-founder, Richard Sparrow, and I knew that there were rural and agricultural communities in America facing “brain drain” and felt that made them ripe to bridge the digital divide. With a curated apprenticeship program we could develop highly skilled tech talent uniquely positioned to serve U.S. companies because of the central time zones. We launched Goodland Tech to provide U.S. companies with the tech developers, research teams and project managers that they need to support their company’s growth. Our business model equips companies with the tools to hire tech staff without the hassle of long hiring cadences or delays.
The most important piece of advice I can offer is that you must look to new markets to source tech talent and software developers. Don’t limit yourself or your company to developers who can work from your company’s headquarters. You will inevitably run out of talent if you limit your search based on geographic location.
I’d been involved in education for 22 years, 14 of those years as a HS Principal. When I heard about what Goodland Tech was doing in the cutting edge market of Crypto Computing, I told co-owner Ben Coumerilh I wanted in on the ground floor before this thing really takes off. A few months later, and I’m now a proud recruiter for Goodland Tech.
My job title here at Goodland Tech is VP of Recruitment. I’m so excited to get into High School’s across the country and tell them about the huge opportunity Goodland Tech and NWKTC are providing. I don’t know if there is a better offer than tuition reimbursement and a very high paying job at the end of 4 years. Hindsight is 20/20 but if I could go back, I believe this opportunity would be a no brainer for me coming out of HS at 18 years old!