Tech Elevator helps students prepare 'new economy': Pathways to Prosperity


Before Tech Elevator, Weiss, 37, was a waiter. He had a […]

Before Tech Elevator, Weiss, 37, was a waiter. He had a degree in studio art from the University of Akron, but had no idea how to launch that into a career.

"I knew I wanted something else," said the Akron resident. "I got sick of not having a career."

Tech Elevator has 14-week computer coding boot camps. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer)
Weiss is not alone. Many job seekers in NE Ohio have struggled to find the right path to prosperity.

An online personality test prompted Weiss to look at software design as a career path. He joined Tech Elevator’s coding boot camp in April 2018, and landed a job with PNC before he graduated.

Now he’s making more money and enjoying work-free weekends. “This has affected my life in every way,” Weiss said.

Weiss’ story illustrates how coding boot camps, such as Tech Elevator, and other training programs, help Northeast Ohio’s workforce prepare for jobs.

The need for tech workers in Northeast Ohio is critical, said Tech Elevator co-founder Anthony Hughes. To reinvent the region’s economy, the work force’s untapped potential must be realized, he added.

Last year, Northeast Ohio had nearly 5,000 open software jobs, but only 400 college graduates with degrees in computer science.