Bitwise Industries’ apprenticeship program receives national recognition

Two months into her apprenticeship with Bitwise Industries, Emelia Guaderrama already has her sights set on continuing her career with the company. Guadarrama says, “I was doing this just to kind of dip my toes in coding, learn how to make a website and just to see if I would like it. I fell in love with it.” The Fresno native says prior to Bitwise launching in Fresno, entering the tech industry didn’t seem like a possibility. “Having that in our Community and Fresno. Not only that, but them wanting to bring in the community and be like, ‘You belong here. We will help you.’ You feel like you belong in this industry,” Guaderrama said.

The now nationally registered apprenticeship program boasts opportunities to work on real projects under the supervision of seasoned tech leads while getting paid. Most importantly, it brings a sense of community to those looking to get into the field. It’s something she was able to discuss while in Washington DC as they made it official. Emilia says, “There are so many people out there who are just ready and willing to help you. It’s wonderful. I love it, it’s such a fostering environment.” In 2021, the US Department of Labor passed $3.5 billion in funding for apprenticeship programs across the country.

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