STS Apprentice Program: Unlock Your Potential

The goal of the Simple Technology Solutions Apprenticeship program is two-fold, create a challenging and rewarding career for you while creating a pool of qualified personnel to staff our federal contract positions. Our program brings together education, mentoring, client focused hands-on learning and the possibility of full-time employment upon successful completion of the program.

This month, we would like to introduce you to Antwana Wadlington, a former apprentice turned Cloud Engineer with STS.

Why did you apply to the STS Apprentice Program?

After completing coding school, I started to get acquainted with the job search process in IT field. As I was navigating postings and opportunities, I was introduced to STS. The STS Apprentice Program has been the perfect way to launch my career by providing valuable and relevant skills and expanding my network.

What skills have you learned during the STS Apprenticeship?

Since enrolling in the program, I have been able to expand my Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and earned two AWS Associate Level certifications. The program has a valuable On-the-Job Learning (OJL) phase. Through OJL, I was able to apply my course knowledge to create solutions for AWS Cloud Governance. Eventually, I was presented with the opportunity to go from part-time to full-time employment working on a DHS cloud contract gaining valuable experience working on a government customer site with a Cloud architecture team.

How has the apprenticeship benefitted you and your career?

The coursework, hands-on projects, and one-on-one coaching/mentoring expedited my growth and career development. The environment at STS promotes inclusivity; the daily guidance and support propelled me to advance professionally.

What should future applicants expect from the program?

The program is challenging and requires an investment of commitment, determination and just plain hard work. I am so proud of my job title: Cloud Engineer at STS. And guess what? I’m still learning! The STS Apprentice Program has been a critical part of my career development and the long term value of the program is immeasurable.

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