The City of Lynchburg & CloudFit Partner Together in STEM Workforce Development
In 2022, the Economic Development Authority of the City of Lynchburg (EDA) and the Office of Economic Development & Tourism partnered with CloudFit Software to support a summer internship program, called ‘JobFit,’ for students and career changers to deliver the skills and experiences to be successful in the high demand fields of IT, cloud computing and software development.
CloudFit Software was founded in March 2018 by a group of cloud pioneers from Microsoft, including their co-founder and CTO who grew up in Pittsylvania County and refers to Lynchburg as his home city. CloudFit Software is a select Microsoft partner serving Fortune 500 and Department of Defense customers from their headquarters in Lynchburg, Virginia.
What exactly is JobFit?
JobFit is a 501c3 charity that is about “providing hope and opportunity to adults using jobs as the enabler.” JobFit is focused on Information Technology, Cloud, and Computer Science jobs in the Central Virginia region. JobFit serves Central Virginia by focusing programs on middle school students, high school students, college students, and career changers. The program enables participants to learn age-and-skill-appropriate aspects of technology to prepare them for roles in the workforce. JobFit (in partnership with CloudFit Software, LLC) offers paid internships to high school students, college students and career changers each summer which allows individuals to learn, and work with mentors.
“It’s a paid, 10-week program where we intentionally group the interns into Project Teams. They deliver real-world projects, attend weekly training and knowledge-sharing sessions, are coached one on one and in team breakout groups, and attend events in the city (Hillcats Games, Movies in the Park, City Council, etc.). This year we’ve added on a “SERVE” component where we’ll be partnering with the Jubilee Center each week with CloudFit employees and Interns teaching middle school students various aspects surrounding technology,” said Vice President at CloudFit, Matt Loflin.
Loflin commented that at the end of the internship program, CloudFit hired three of this summer’s 15 JobFit Interns, a Command & Control Engineer, a Cyber Security Engineer, and a DevSecOps Engineer.
Partnership with Jubilee Center
This summer CloudFit worked with Jubilee to create a weekly 2-hour program where employees and interns taught middle schoolers various aspects of technology, whether it was software programming, the components of a desktop, or online security. The JobFit interns also raised funds to purchase nine iPads for the Jubilee Center to use in the Leland Melvin STEM Center. At the end of the summer, CloudFit joined the Jubilee Center for a Back to School Pep Rally where they gave away school supplies and celebrated the end of summer with food trucks and ice cream with the kids.
Hear from some of the Interns and what they learned
Name: Morgan Segner, Lynchburg, Virginia – Liberty University
“Getting the opportunity to work with highly intelligent engineers on a variety of real-world projects and having the knowledge that even as an intern CloudFit gave me the opportunity to work on something that clients and customers would use in the future. I finished my internship and my master’s degree on the same day, so my future plans are to take the knowledge and experience I gained throughout this summer to find work in the field that I’m passionate about. Thanks to the contacts I’ve made at CloudFit, I have already secured a few interview opportunities!”
Name: Tye Robertson, Appomattox, Virginia – Appomattox County High School
“My biggest takeaway was making relationships with new people and learning together. My future plans will be to gain more training and experience through courses or boot camps and apply to entry-level software development positions.”
Name: Marcus Rose, Madison Heights, Virginia – Delaware State University
“My biggest takeaway from this internship are the friendships I made and learning about the different aspects that are apart of software engineering. My plans for the future are to keep trying different internships so I can become knowledgeable about different types of engineering so that I can know what exactly I would like to do in the future.”
Name: Michael Hall, Lynchburg Virginia – University of Lynchburg
“The biggest takeaways from this internship program for me would be the importance of connections and the endless possibilities one can have when they involve themselves in their personal interests. I say this because of the many great mentors and friends I have made throughout my time at CloudFit who have indirectly challenged me to work harder through their own ambitions. Also, the opportunity to take my personal interest of technology and incorporate that with my unrelated major showed me what possibilities lie ahead for me after I graduate college.
I plan on continuing with my education at the University of Lynchburg and get my Masters. My heart will always be in the Lynchburg area. So, I will continue to look for more job opportunities in this beautiful city and will hopefully find a permanent job to call home!”
To learn more about the CloudFit JobFit Program HERE.