Feb 17, 2021
By Justin Dawes – Reporter, Albany Business Review
IT services company Zones is offering guaranteed interviews for software jobs to students of the nonprofit AlbanyCanCode.
Annmarie Lanesey, founder and CEO of AlbanyCanCode, said Zones has been working with the nonprofit for about a year, but this is the first time a company has offered guaranteed interviews for students.
“My hope going forward is that this’ll be the start of a long-term relationship of this kind for future classes,” Lanesey said.
Lanesey said Zones reached out to her looking for a way to help fill a number of roles.
Zones is looking to fill positions for Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure support specialists, desktop support specialists, help desk analysts and field services coordinators and technicians. Zones, which acquired the company Nfrastructure in 2017, has offices in Menands and Clifton Park. The company invested $5 million in its Menands space a few years ago.
“With technology pretty much shaping every industry, I think this is another indicator of why it’s so critical for all people to really start to gain technology skills,” Lanesey said. “It’s still very hard to find people with the requisite technology skills to go into many of the tech jobs that are out there.”
The offer from Zones is for students of AlbanyCanCode’s Microsoft PowerPlatform and Microsoft Azure course this semester, which includes instructing students on how to use Microsoft Power Apps, Microsoft Power Automate and Microsoft Power BI. IT staff from Zones will also be guest lecturers during the course.
Companies use Azure for cloud-based hosting and server infrastructure. The Power Apps platform is used to develop applications without needing much coding knowledge.
The classes are being taught at SUNY Schenectady County Community College on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. starting Feb. 22 for 12 weeks. Registration is open through Feb. 19. Tuition is $1,750.