Tech Mentorship Program

with the support of John Deere & Principal Financial Group

By 2030, the workforce will look drastically different. Applicants will be required to possess a high degree of digital literacy. Employers will require technology skills, not prefer them.

The Tech Mentorship Program prepares the youth of today to be the employees of tomorrow. Participants learn the technology and professional skills that equip them to compete in a digital workforce.

Students at Prinicpal

Youth cannot be who they cannot see.

Participants in the Tech Mentorship Program learn directly from industry professionals. Students of all background and skill levels are invited to participate.

Programmers, software engineers, and IT employees lead class and mentor students.

Program participants build lasting networks, mentorships, and relationships with leading financial and technology companies through work-based learning.

These connections create increased opportunities for paid internships, apprenticeships, and jobs.
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Students working with Prinicpal Worker


Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, October through March.


The 2022-2023 Tech Mentorship Program is currently taking place at Principal Financial in downtown Des Moines and John Deere Financial in Johnston, Iowa.


Participants who complete the program find themselves better prepared for college and equipped to compete for lucrative positions immediately following high school graduation.

Students learn coding and how to work collaboratively in a corporate environment.

Thank you to our program instructors:

At Principal Financial

At John Deere

Francesco Bevilacqua
Ben Bitzko
Kevin Chaloupecky
Jordan Boerger
Angela Flom
Peter Hartman
Michael Galgoczy
Kristen Bruce
Ryan McDaniel
Matthew Orth
Joe McNally
Sam Wolf

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