North Carolina-based Tech Talent South (TTS) has received an investment from venture firm Cramer Mountain Growth Partners to fuel the growth of TTS’s corporate training program. TTS currently offers classes in 11 cities and 6 states, making it one of the region’s largest coding schools.
Though the investment amount was not disclosed, TTS says it is in the millions. It is CMGP’s first independent investment out of its fund.
“I’ve seen first-hand the challenges companies face given the pace of digital disruption in their business,” says CMPG founding partner Don Doctor. “We believe Tech Talent South can continue its success of architecting out programs within corporate walls and understanding the needs to better supplement partner programs and their skills acquisition, development and retention needs.”
“Don and Chris [of CMGP] came to us with a shared vision of growth in the corporate sector, while maintaining our committed focus of community building on the student side,” says TTS founder and CEO Betsy Hauser Idilbi.
TTS has worked with corporate clients like CareerBuilder, Peak 10, and universities including Loyola of New Orleans and Davidson College in North Carolina to educate employees in skills like coding, big data, and IoT.
“TTS is unique in solving the shortage of tech skills because we are the connective tissue between HR and IT to proactively anticipate and bridge your employees skills with your company’s direction,” says Idilbi. “The TTS course portfolio focuses on “re-skilling” existing employees and a smoother on-boarding process so your team gets more work done.”
For example, Peak 10 has been working with TTS for four months to scale their development team.
“We had struggled internally to develop a path for our employees to make the transition into a Development career. With that team being so crucial to our business operations, we knew we had to find a solution,” says Debbie Lawrence, Peak 10’s Human Resources Director.
The company developed a tailored curriculum that melded TTS’s code immersion with additional enhancement classes specifically for Peak 10. Lawrence says TTS has also served as a recruiting funnel for the company.
“These hires have been able to hit the ground running with very little ramp time to production,” says Lawrence.
TTS also provides community programming in each of its cities such as Free Kids Code and targeted technical workshops. It has been named a top coding school in the south.