NPower creates a local technology workforce pool, and aligns individual skills with the real needs that employers have
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB)
June 29, 2017
NPower Baltimore, a regional chapter of the national nonprofit that provides free technology training, certification and job placement assistance for young adults and military veterans, announces today the establishment of a regional advisory board. The board will meet quarterly with the objective of informing curriculum, connecting the nonprofit to potential partners and employers, and providing high level guidance for NPower Baltimore’s sustainability and growth as an organization.
“Technology fuels almost every other sector, including government, finance, agriculture, education and healthcare, all of which are major components of the Maryland economy. Unfilled technology jobs in these sectors slow the economy, even as there are a large number of talented, underemployed young adults in Baltimore. Investing in NPower creates a local technology workforce pool, and aligns individual skills with the real needs that employers have. The Baltimore-area economy is robust; its companies, government agencies, and nonprofits are looking for the very skills and grit that NPower graduates bring to the workplace,” said Regional Advisory Board Chair, Frank Baitman.
Since it was launched in the summer of 2016, NPower Baltimore has graduated two cohorts of classes of young adults from the NPower flagship Tech Fundamentals program which is designed to reach underserved communities. The program also aims to fill domestic employment gaps by creating pathways to unfilled jobs for graduates with in-demand IT certifications. Students from the first Baltimore classes have gone on to be employed by TD Ameritrade, BAE Systems, and Myles & Stockbridge, P.C.
“Our program is a proven workforce development model that we have shown to be successful and very much needed here in Baltimore,” says Cathy Morgan, Regional Director of NPower Baltimore. “We do more than train our students for a job, we aim to create careers. We have reached out to industry leaders to help us deepen our foothold in Baltimore so we can secure our place in this region for lifelong support of our students.”
Seventy-five percent of NPower Baltimore’s inaugural class…