TSheets and PTECH: Making the Future Brighter Through Technology
Thank you to our PTECH partner, TSheets, for allowing students to visit their company and learn more about the skills needed to work in the tech industry. Below is a blog post written by TSheets team member, Noelle Perner, following a career exploration visit from a group of PTECH students.
IN THE EARLY DAYS of TSheets mobile time tracking, when Matt Rissell told people he was building a tech company in the heart of Idaho, he got more than a few sideways glances and outright guffaws.
What business did anyone have thinking a tech company would be successful in rural America?
From the 120+ people he employs today, we’re sure glad he didn’t listen to the naysayers–and that he didn’t give up when things weren’t always smooth sailing in those early days.
A New Generation of Tech Heroes and Heroines
Last week, a group of 16 and 17 year olds visited TSheets. They’re part of Idaho’s PTECH program, which encourages kids in rural areas to pursue careers in tech and explore the possibilities that advanced degrees in technical fields hold.
PTECH (which stands for “Pathways to Early Career High School”) works to “bridge the gap between education and industry by providing students with the credentials and skills needed to secure well-paying jobs in Idaho’s high growth industries.”
Reshaping Idaho’s Future, Together
Why did we partner with PTECH? Because we see ourselves in these kids’ eyes. They’ve heard the stereotypes about what you can or can’t accomplish if you’re from a small town, or a graduating class of 50, or the first in your family to attend college.
And they’re defying those stereotypes with PTECH and their own budding ambition.
You’ll find them starting their college coursework in their junior year of high school, spending part of the summer at coding camps and aerospace camps, shadowing at companies they’ve got their eye on after graduation, and asking smart questions about their futures.
J.D. Mullin, VP of Engineering at TSheets, says, “I see myself in these kids. I figured I’d become a motorcycle mechanic when I was in high school. I didn’t know much about my options or what opportunities were available for me–how big the world was. Part of the reason I love partnering with PTECH is that I get to help these students see all the possibilities.”
He adds, “There’s nothing wrong with being a motorcycle mechanic–but there’s a lot to be said for knowing what’s out there to determine your future before you tell yourself what you’re capable of, or even what you really like. Once these kids see what’s out there, it’s like a light switch goes on.”
As the PTECH students visit TSheets, J.D. also takes care to drive home the point that success isn’t without its failure and hiccups. That a failed class, an obstacle to overcome, or a setback aren’t reasons to give up or settle when it comes to your future. TSheets wasn’t born in a day, and the people who work for the company have diverse backgrounds and skill sets. Some of us went to college, some of us didn’t, some have two-year degrees and some have four-plus. What we have in common is the goal of doing something great together–making our customers’ lives better and easier as business owners. And learning new skills and doing the best work of our lives in the process.
Here’s to PTECH and to reshaping Idaho’s future together!