NPower Baltimore Opens Recruitment for Fourth Class of IT Training and Job Placement Program Nearly One Year After Enrolling the First Cohort

we will continue to expand our employment partner network to offer young adults in Baltimore a pathway to solid careers in technology

National nonprofit NPower, announces today that recruitment is now open for the next cohort of students of the NPower flagship program, Tech Fundamentals, for the Baltimore location. The Tech Fundamentals program is offered free of charge to young adults from vulnerable Baltimore communities. It is a 22-week intensive course that involves IT training, professional skills coaching, corporate site visits, technology certifications such as the CompTIA A+, a paid internship and job assistance.

NPower Baltimore was established in 2016 after identifying a need on both ends of the employment spectrum. By providing young adults an alternative training module and pathway to technology careers, the program aims to help local employers fill important gaps in employment due to lack of skilled entry-level workers. Students are not required to have a college degree or any college experience prior to entering the program. Previous cohorts have proven that the alternative learning model is successful, as nearly 85% of the previous class, which graduated in June, finished the program fully certified. Likewise, 88% of the initial class, that began approximately a year ago, are placed in full time jobs or have enrolled in school full time.

“In a very short time we have seen tremendous progress from the students we have reached with our program,” said Cathy Morgan, Regional Director of NPower Baltimore, “and we will continue to expand our employment partner network to offer young adults in Baltimore a pathway to solid careers in technology.” Current partnerships include TD Ameritrade, Under Armour, Northrop Grumman and other Baltimore area businesses and nonprofits. In general, NPower programs, which are offered to veterans and/or young adults from underserved communities, depending on the region, boast an overall success rate of fulltime placement in jobs or education of 80% within one year of program completion. The workforce development program is always offered free of charge and curriculum is informed by industry leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to the nonprofit organization.

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