MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tuesday’s announcement of FedEx Logistics pending expansion and move to downtown Memphis will likely provide more chances for tech employment in the Bluff City.
That means area training programs are hoping to place even more graduates.
This announcement is particularly exciting for us and the students we serve,” said Robert Montague, Executive Director of Tech901.
Tech901 is a tech training ground, whose mission is equipping students with the skills they need to get certifications in a variety of tech functions - from data security, project management, and more.
Tuesday FedEx Logistics announced it would headquarter its North American commercial operations in downtown Memphis, adding hundreds of jobs.
In December, agricultural technology company Indigo Ag said it would locate its North American headquarters in Memphis.
And in November, printing company Mimeo released plans to re-locate its headquarters from New York to Memphis.
Montague said as far as tech is concerned, a company headquarters is a big get.
“Headquarters, business opportunities in today’s environment means more technology jobs, more software development jobs, more IT jobs,” he said.
Tech901 is growing, with a class capacity of 500 this year.
The average profile of a Tech901 student is – a working adult, age 30 or 31, with a household income of roughly $20,000. Once they complete required courses and they’re hired, Montague said their new average income is around $37,000.
He hopes Tuesday’s announcement is a sign more economic development news is to come.
“It’s a strong opportunity for the students to seek good strong jobs with good futures, good opportunity here in our downtown core,” he said.
Once students get their foot in the door, many employers will encourage and assist them in completing their bachelor’s degree if they haven’t.
Last year, the University of Memphis and FedEx announced a new initiative to allow employees at the World Hub here in Memphis to earn an online degree tuition-free.