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"The first time I ever changed the oil in a car, I was standing inside
the Austin Convention Center, surrounded by spectators holding lattes
and laughing while I grasped at seemingly nothing.
I was doing a virtual reality (VR) simulation at South by Southwest,
complete with goggles and hand controllers that allowed me to interact
with simulated 3D objects. A red Dodge Charger pulled into the “garage”
and up onto a lift. As I grabbed a wrench from a nearby toolbox, the
voice of a digital coach spoke into my ear.
This fully immersive demonstration was hosted by Transfr, a tech firm
that provides free virtual technical education to build
classroom-to-career pathways for future workers.
Founded in 2017, Transfr started out in high schools and community
colleges before bringing its VR career training to disadvantaged people
at a range of venues: domestic violence shelters, mental health clinics,
juvenile detention centers, state correctional institutions — places
where people might not have access to traditional, in-person, hands-on
skill-building. The tech firm now has 30 partnerships in 18 states.
“These places don’t have the resources for job training until we come in
and empower the workforce,” says CEO Bharani Rajakumar. “Not everyone
grows up with privilege.”
Rajakumar wanted to start a company that leveled the playing field for
middle-skilled jobs and helped communities prosper. “Academic freedom
and skill-building leads to a good job, and then you have the ability to
make choices in your life.” In addition to the VR simulations that are
already offered, Rajakumar hopes to add training in green jobs,
semiconductors and electric vehicle manufacturing next year."
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