• Tech-Career’s training programs provide an innovative solution and a unique opportunity for Ethiopian Israelis to attain high level employment and climb the socio-economic ladder quickly. Twenty two new students arrived at Tech-Career on Kibbutz Nachshon last Sunday, to embark on a career in COBOL Software Development.

    COBOL, an early computer language developed by IBM, is still widely used in business, finance and administration systems. The course, based on Tech-Career’s successful model was developed after IBM approached Tech-Career to begin training in COBOL in order to provide COBOL developers for its partners and customers. The new course is being taught in cooperation with IBM, Blue Education, a subsidiary of John Bryce Training and the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor.

    The seven month residential COBOL course is the first of its kind being taught at Tech-Career, Computer Training Center for Ethiopian Israelis, which also runs Dot.Net Software Development and Software Quality Assurance courses.

    Like all Tech-Career programs, Tech-Career’s COBOL Software Development Program includes professional technological training, personal development workshops and job placement services. Tech-Career’s combined programs offer participants the opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge, experience and skills to succeed in the Israeli high tech industry, to develop their careers and to make the transition from economic and social dependence to independence.

    The new students, young women and men ranging in age from 22-29, met with Tech-Career staff on Sunday for an orientation session on Tech-Career activities and got acquainted with their picturesque surroundings. Joining Tech-Career staff to welcome the students were Arie Berkovitch from IBM, Eli Meshulam and Lidia Kuntz from Blue Education, Irit Agmon of John Bryce Training, Shmuel Pur and Dvora Bodina from the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor.

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