David Hyman is the newly minted President of Center for Technology & Workforce Solutions (CTWS). David has spent the past 20 years as a teacher and administrator, with his longest tenure at the Calhoun School, a progressive co-educational independent school on New York City's Upper West Side, serving students from Pre-K through 12th grade.  Aside from his great experience as an educator, he took a non-traditional route to become a professional with a mixture of community college, on-line and in-person education, trade work and entrepreneurship. Here is more about David and his journey.

If I can end up with a career in the technology industry, so can you.

Every generation is asked to retool and retrain for the economy of its time, but this is never easy and certainly not now. Like many, I have dealt with the uncertainty of career choices. This uncertainty is a common concern, whether someone is just leaving school or has been in the workforce for decades.

David as a carpenterI know from personal experience how stressful learning a new skill can be and the insecurity that comes from being out of work or starting a new job. As I sit here, at the beginning of a new chapter in my professional life, I can draw on my own unconventional path. I attended three different high schools, three community colleges, and two universities. I have had more than twenty different jobs and am now beginning my third career.

I did not go to college right after high school. I knew I would be wasting my time. I could not see where college would lead. After six years of various jobs, I talked my way into working for a carpenter. I hauled tarpaper, boards, and nails, working beside and learning from high school kids. I learned quickly and began contracting in just a few years. I went on to manage an artist’s studio and oversaw the construction of large, permanent installations around the world.

David in Sculpture Garden in GermanyIt was only then that I saw the need for school. I started at a community college, earned my bachelor’s degree and continued on to receive a master’s. I spent the past 20 years as a teacher and administrator. I’ve taught woodshop to second graders, written college recommendations for seniors and taught every grade in between. I know how important it is to provide middle schoolers with real advice and options for what lies ahead. I know how thoughtful, concerned, and passionate high schoolers are about their future.

David teachingTo many of you, this route may sound familiar. But no journey is the same. Along my path, each step provided me with skills and knowledge. I discovered what I am good at and what I am passionate about. All of my experiences have led me here, to this moment, leading the Center for Technology and Workforce Solutions (CTWS). And hopefully to you.

I am here, now, because my journey is indicative of where many people find themselves. Some of you are unable or unsure about spending large sums of money on an education that no longer guarantees the job security it once did. Some of you are between careers, either by choice or by circumstance. And some of you are ready to step into a new career but are unsure how.

I hope that the work of CTWS will provide clear and stable pathways for all of you. Yes, these are stressful times, but they are also ripe with opportunity for new experiences and rewarding careers.

The future is inevitable. The only question is what we do about it. I hope that our work will help you prepare for your future. Whether you are a student, professional, start-up, or corporation, welcome to the Center for Technology and Workforce Solutions.