Deep Local Technology Apprenticeships for Black Pittsburgh Develop Job Skills

Job Skills.  Employment.  Retraining.  Words we hear over again.  We need qualified designers and machinists.  We need training for young adults that need skill sets for great jobs.  The Deeplocal organization is a group of creative engineers who invent interactive experiences that tell human stories. Started from Carnegie Melon University engineers and designers, Deeplocal is an integral part of Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Gizmology is Deeplocal’s one-year creative technology apprenticeship program for high school graduates and underemployed adults in Pittsburgh’s Black community. Their goal is to advance racial equity in creative and technical fields through on-the-job training and mentorship. Apprentices receive full-time salary and benefits—no college degree required.

I was fortunate to meet Gizmology’s program director, Kirk Holbrook, to explain the intense program.

Paid apprentices work at Deeplocal five days a week, beginning with project-based learning across disciplines. From there, they specialize in one or more tracks, working alongside Deeplocal team members on real-world client projects.

Apprentices receive receive:
• SOLIDWORKS instruction and Industry-recognized certifications
• Portfolio of interactive work for global brands like Google and Spotify
• Job opportunity at Deeplocal
• Significant earning potential in the tech sector

We wish Gizmology’s apprentices’ a great new journey in design and manufacturing. Thank you to our reseller, GoEngineer for enrolling Deep Local in our SOLIDWORKS for Good program.

Thank you Kirk and Deeplocal for what you do to support Black Pittsburgh and for being part of the SOLIDWORKS community.


Design well.  Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard