Your contribution will help people like Janelle change their lives and pursue a career in technology, a career they most likely would not have pursued without ITWorks:
Janelle is a Spring 2013 ITWorks Delaware graduate: “In only 16 weeks, ITWorks taught me all of the IT fundamentals and knowledge to start a solid foundation for my dreams of an IT career. My internship has turned into an employment opportunity at Delaware Department of Technology and Information. I am now a Cisco Essentials, A+ certified, service desk support representative for the state of Delaware!”
ITWorks addresses a critical need for job training in a forgotten demographic (18-25 year olds with only a high school diploma or GED). For the more than 100,000 young people in southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware between the ages of 16 and 25 who are neither in school nor employed, workplace internships and other opportunities to gain job skills and experience are available to only a fraction of them.
The individuals that ITWorks serves are in a key transitional point in their lives, and are vulnerable to selecting a pathway that may lead to life-long poverty or worse. Case in point is Christopher Snow, an ITWorks graduate who is employed as an Infrastructure Technology Support Analyst at Accenture: “Where I’m from, jail and death before age 18 are the two major options, but I want different.”
ITWorks connects urban young adults to jobs that have career progression and a good wage. By the time they complete the ITWorks program, our graduates are well positioned (armed with up to two certifications, a network of contacts, and on-the-job experience) to pursue a career in technology. This career path, which they most likely would not have had the chance to pursue prior to the program, is one that moves them from low paying opportunities in food service and retail to opportunities for advancement and a living wage.
ITWorks: “It Works!”