NEC Hosts Manchester Tech Crawl

Jennifer Robertson on 10.24.19

New England College Hosts Manchester Tech Crawl  

The Institute of Art and Design at New England College (NEC) in partnership with New Hampshire Tech Alliance is pleased to announce they will be hosting the first ever Manchester Tech Crawl with the goal of retaining more young professionals in the Manchester area upon graduation. The program also aims to match college students with companies where they can apply for internships and job opportunities while they work on their degrees.

On November 13, 2019, NEC students will take to the streets of Manchester, NH to learn what tech companies in the area do and how they might find a fit for their skills in areas such as UX and UI design, graphic design, data analytics, health and informatics, computer information systems, communications, business, and engineering.

Oracle, Geneia, GYK, York.IE, Minim, Orbit, Adored WiFi and NHTA will play host to these students, showcasing the work they do while answering questions the students have about working in the rising tech industry in Manchester.

NEC Director of Career and Alumni Affairs, Lindsay Coats, said, “This is an incredible opportunity to highlight the rapidly growing tech ecosystem in Manchester and the highly in demand career options available to students. We’re excited to partner with the New Hampshire Tech Alliance, local companies, and have the support of two local entrepreneurs, John Wyatt and Marlana Trombley, to bring this event to life.”

NEC Adjunct Professor and entrepreneur Marlana Trombley states, “We're all working to keep young people in the state. Connecting students with employers while they're still in school gives them an opportunity to build deeper roots in NH. It's wonderful to have such strong partnerships with companies in downtown and in the Silicon Millyard.

“In order to meet the growing need for talent in the Manchester scene, we have to showcase the opportunities available to students. This event is an exciting partnership between local industry and academia to introduce students to local career opportunities and enable companies to recruit in demand talent,” said Meghan Brandow, Internship Coordinator and Career Development Lecturer at NEC. According to Brandow, “Current research finds that 56.1% of interns convert to full-time status, and the average one-year retention rate for those hires is 71.4%. The quality of life here in New Hampshire is among the best in the nation and is a major factor in why college students and new graduates plan to stay and live in the state. Helping uncover the many ‘hidden gems’ doing incredible work in our own backyard is one way we can work to keep talent here, versus making the commute to Boston or along the Route 128 corridor.”

If you are a local tech company and would like to participate in future events like this, please contact lcoats@nec.edu.