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Syracuse Surge is about you and your future in exciting, high-tech industries. It cultivates opportunities that offer city residents higher wages and quality jobs. You don’t always need an advanced degree to take advantage of career opportunities in the growing fields of manufacturing and technology. Syracuse Surge is dedicated to training the best and making that training accessible to all.  

The New Economy is already here and it’s tech-driven, internet-driven and, most importantly, people-driven. Every partner in the Syracuse Surge ecosystem is focused on the opportunity to create a workforce of the future. By investing in inclusive training programs and ensuring opportunities are aligned with employer needs, we are successfully building up our workforce. 

All programs provide participants with access to career navigators to help them reach success in their chosen career. This support includes help with resume writing, interviewing skills, and how to manage the application process and access support services like transportation and childcare. 

What will your role be in the New Economy? It’s happening now and here are some ways you can get involved today.

Partner Programs

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Surge Software Apprenticeship

Are you interested in breaking into a career in coding or software? The Surge Coding Apprenticeship may be for you! The apprenticeship kicks off with a paid training. You’ll learn project management, technical skills, effective communication and more. Afterward, apprentices will work in entry-level, full-time roles with one of our employer partners. We strongly encourage woman and people of color to apply.

Surge Advanced Manufacturing (SAM)

Jumpstart your career with a paid, tuition free professional development program designed to take your skills and mold them to fit positions in high-tech industries. This program is for anyone. Examples of jobs past program graduates had before starting SAM include nail technician, grocery store clerk, and retail worker. This program is hosted by SUNY Economic Opportunity Center (EOC).

Le Moyne College Undergraduate Certificates in Cybersecurity Fundamentals and Computer Programming

These industry-approved programs last one year, offer college credit and prepare you for gainful employment in cybersecurity and computer programming careers. These programs were created for those who are looking to learn a new technical skill set to enhance employability, those who are looking to advance within a current organization or who are looking to start down a new career pathway.

Surge Defense

Do you enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together? Surge Defense is a 13-week program hosted by SUNY Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). Graduates of this paid, tuition free program will receive an OSHA 10 and JSTD100 National Certification. Upon program entry, candidates will receive a conditional offer with Surge Defense employer partners. Finalists will have the opportunity to work on electronic assembly using precision parts and methods to craft some of the most business critical products in the entire world.

Electrical Mechanical Technician (ELM)

Do you enjoy working on electrical or mechanical repairs, such as fixing cars or household appliances? The Electrical Mechanical Technician (ELM) program may be great for you! ELM is designed for people who have some experience working on any machines, electronics or in manufacturing. This paid, tuition free four-week program is hosted by OCM BOCES & Onondaga Community College (OCC).

Tech & Culture

Whether you are just starting your career in tech, or a seasoned professional, Tech and Culture is for you. This network helps connect diverse professionals through career exploration, networking and professional development opportunities. Join the network to be first in the know about upcoming events, employer tours,

Learn more about program requirements here.