Connect
Across
Tacoma

Digital Equity Meets Workforce Development

OUR APPROACH TO
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

We are a by-and-for organization that reflects the communities we serve.

Our Digital Stewards program trains youth and neighborhood leaders in the technical and community organizing skills necessary to create and maintain critical Internet networks and create thriving digital futures for their communities.

OUR TRAINING INCLUDES:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet Infrastructure
  • Technology Skills
  • Collaborative Research
  • Fund Development
  • Outreach
  • Mutual Aid
  • Community Organizing

Our Digital Stewards also train in emergency response and preparedness (mental health first aid, CPR) so they can help their communities build their own solutions in a variety of circumstances.

DIGITAL STEWARD GRADUATES

Once the Digital Stewards training program is complete, participants will be eligible to apply for a paid position to facilitate and train others on the design, construction of a wireless network within their community.

DIGITAL EQUITY & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT JOIN FORCES

CONNECT ACROSS TACOMA (CAT) PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION

  • Device and Service Access. CAT combines device distribution, broadband subsidies, and the Digital Stewards training program, providing immediate access solutions and empowering the community.
  • Tech Meets Community Organizing. CAT empowers community with digital and organizing skills for major and lasting impact.

THE DIGITAL AGE REQUIRES DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

Now is the time to address pressing workforce needs and enhance employability by tackling the digital divide while fostering essential digital skills in the Tacoma community.

TOP JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES

TECH

Network Engineers

IT Admins and Tech Support

Computer Programmers

Computer Technicians

Web Developers

Cyber Security

AI Prompt Engineers

Data Analysts

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

Non-Profit Management

Academic Research Assistants

Grant Writing

Social Media Management

Digital Marketing

Community Outreach

Fund Development

Teaching Support

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A
DIGITAL STEWARD?

At Connect Across Tacoma, we're building a community of digital stewards. But how do you know if you're the right fit to join? Here's a snapshot of those who would thrive in our program:

A photo of a Black young aspiring tech enthusiasts using a laptop to explore opportunities to learn more.
Are you an aspiring tech enthusiast? Are you curious about technology but haven't had the chance to explore it deeply? Whether you're a student, a career starter, or simply eager to learn, our program opens the door to a world of digital possibilities.
An image of a Black community advocate hosting an outreach event.
Are you a community advocate who is deeply embedded in your community and passionate about making a difference? Do you see technology as a tool for positive change and want to be at the forefront of building a connected neighborhood? Our program can help you make positive change in your community.
A photo of an indigenous youth depicted as someone who may be interested in changing careers. He is standing with his arms crossed while thinking about his future prospects.
Are you interested in changing careers and wondering how a shift to a more tech-oriented career might change your life? Whether you're from retail, trades, or any other field, our program offers the skills and knowledge to pivot into the digital world.
An image of an indigenous elder whose at a career fare searching for new opportunities for employment.
Have you been unemployed or underemployed for several years and are seeking a new career? If you've been out of the job market or stuck in unsatisfying roles, becoming a Digital Steward can open new doors and provide you with valuable, employable skills.
An image of a Black construction worker with many tattoos and piercings. He's on the job site while looking into the distance contemplating his future.
Are you looking for a second chance and wish someone would cut you a break? We believe in second chances and new beginnings. Our program is designed to provide you with the skills and confidence to reintegrate into the workforce and society.
An image of an indigenous, Black elder who is sitting at a laptop searching for a new career.
Are you an elder who is looking to learn new skills and gain employment? Age is just a number when it comes to our program. If you're looking to stay engaged in today's digital world, our program offers an understanding and supportive environment for you to thrive.

INTERESTED IN COLLABORATING WITH US?

We're proud to partner with a diverse array of organizations and individuals who share our vision of digital empowerment and community connectivity. These collaborations enrich our programs and extend our reach, making a more significant impact in the communities we serve. Click below to learn more about our partners, how they contribute to our mission, and how you can join our team.

EXPLORE OUR STORIES

Dive into the vibrant world of Connect Across Tacoma through our media gallery. Here, you'll find a rich collection of podcasts, videos, and recordings from our various events and programs. Whether you're looking for insightful discussions, highlights from our workshops, or stories from our community, our media gallery is your window into the heart of our mission.

PUYALLUP TRIBAL LUSHOOTSEED LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

At Connect Across Tacoma, we acknowledge that we are on the traditional homelands of the Puyallup Tribe. The Puyallup people have lived on and stewarded these lands since the beginning of time, and continue to do so today.

We recognize that this land acknowledgement is one small step toward true allyship and we commit to uplifting the voices, experiences, and histories of the Indigenous people of this land and beyond.

We are proud to support indigenous sovereignty and we work in service of the liberation of all peoples so that we can all thrive.

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