Alisa Bondurant, Ethan Mansfield, Amy Akins, Jessica Cafferty
Q&A with the Track Chairs
from a young age. I’ve seen first-hand how much of an impact that Startup Week can have
on a student; how she can go from a disbelieving, anxious, ready-to-move almost-graduate
to an impressed and excited potential Boisean. Boise Startup Week and the Talent Track is
one of the only events (if not THE only event) that gives students a real and tangible
experience to envision his/her career, locally. It’s revealing, insightful, and fun and a true
pleasure to be a part of.
Many veterans transitioning from the military have the technical skills and training needed to succeed in the IT and tech field, but there is an issue with lack of awareness with both employers and the veteran community. Employers are unsure how military training translates to the civilian workforce, and veterans many times are unaware of the career opportunities that exist in IT that build upon existing skills. Providing BSW as an opportunity for veterans enrolled in an education plan to learn more about the businesses growing in the Treasure Valley is a win-win situation for everyone in our community. Specifically engaging universities in BSW, gives greater awareness to all students (including veterans), about the possibilities for a tech career here in Idaho.
– Amy Akins, Director of Development, The Wyakin Foundaiton