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IMC COMPANIES AND LOCAL IT TRAINING SCHOOLS COLLABORATE TO ADDRESS SKILLS GAP

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March 12, 2020
IMC COMPANIES AND LOCAL IT TRAINING SCHOOLS COLLABORATE TO ADDRESS SKILLS GAP
 
(Memphis, TN) - IMC Companies, a national leader in intermodal logistics, relies heavily on dedicated computing and technology systems and processes, creating a need for a trained IT workforce in Memphis.
 
“When I joined IMC Companies as their CIO, I became directly responsible for the IT hiring process,” says Joel Tracy. It wasn’t until I made the move to a mid-sized business that I realized the difficulty in finding committed, well-rounded technical skills and talent. I found myself reevaluating what was important to my team when bringing in new members.” 
 
Historically, IT candidates may have needed a related undergraduate or graduate degree in order to pursue a career in IT, but IMC Companies finds there are equally important criteria.
 
In the case of IT, the technical knowledge and skills are just one-third of what makes up a successful individual’s career,” says Tracy. “Being able to understand others, and how teams and organizations work, is another third. The final third, the ability to holistically consider all aspects of work in order to achieve specific goals, also means the ability to consider the larger picture.”
 
In recent years, IMC Companies has encountered more and more non-traditional IT candidates, many of whom have been trained at local training programs such as Tech901, CodeCrew, and Cook Systems’ FastTrack program.
 
These training programs are fast, effective, and get us the talent we need,” says Tracy. “They’re dedicated to connecting IMC Companies directly with the trainees, creating a path from education to employment.”
 
IMC Companies has benefited greatly from using non-traditional methods to find local IT talent. “We have found that these team members, with their diverse backgrounds and experiences, are more valuable to the company than we could have ever anticipated,” says Tracy. “They’re knowledgeable, fast learners, creative thinkers - and they’re committed.”
 
In the case of the partnership between IMC Companies and Tech901, an independent IT training program, IMC Companies provides mentoring to program participants and Tech901 provides fundamental IT training to employees. Each organization benefits from the other’s knowledge and experience.
 
Public school systems are also essential to developing the long-term talent base required to meet the growing demand for the Memphis IT sector. As a board member of the Greater Memphis IT Council, IMC Companies is committed to supporting STEM education and curriculum for developing critical thinking and for providing exposure to science technology engineering and mathematics as a successful foundation for the roles in IT.
 
Since its inception the Greater Memphis IT Council has supported the Shelby County’s Maxine Smith STEAM Academy middle school with career fairs, keynote speakers, and guest lecturers for STEM classes. The IT Council has also recently hosted a Tech Day for East High School’s T-STEM Academy. As a charter member of the IT Council, IMC Companies has participated in these programs to inspire careers in IT.
 
“We are proud to have hosted the senior class for a tour of the IMC smart depots as part of the Tech Day itinerary and to have an interactive demonstration at the career fairs that included robotics and other emerging technologies to engage middle school students,” says Tracy.
 
At the university level, educational paths such as the Business Information and Technology (BIT) program at the University of Memphis’ Fogelman College provide targeted training for the IT sector. As a member of the BIT Advisory Board, Tracy has offered curriculum support and guidance including the recent introduction of a certificate program offering a focus on specialized and high-demand skills such as cyber security and data analytics.
 
The University of Memphis’ Herff College of Engineering provides sector focus on logistics and transportation that is core to the IMC Companies business model. By supporting their Transportation Summit as keynote speaker and exhibitor, IMC Companies provides inspiration and education at the undergraduate and graduate level.
 
IMC Companies invites other Memphis-area employers to commit to a long-term investment in STEM education from middle school through the university level, and to short-term pathways for obtaining skilled workers through certificates and accelerated training by clarifying the process for company officials and stakeholders through awareness-building.
 
“By committing to develop both pipelines, the skills gap will be addressed with a holistic approach and we can build the right workforce for Memphis and the 21st century economy,” says Tracy.
   
About IMC Companies:
IMC Companies is a national network of intermodal logistics businesses providing an array of services including container drayage, truck brokerage, warehousing, chassis provisioning and secured container storage. To learn more about IMC Companies, visit www.imccompanies.com.
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