Applications are now open for the free, 16-week immersive training
program to equip 18-26 year olds with tech skills needed for careers in
LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tech Impact announced today that it will launch ITWorks, a free IT
certificate program for underemployed youth, in Las Vegas, February
2016. With classes currently offered in Philadelphia and Wilmington,
Delaware, the program teaches students IT configuration and networking
skills and matches them with mentors and internships at Fortune 500
companies like Capital One, Barclays and JP Morgan.
“Capital One is excited to continue partnering with Tech Impact as they
bring their ITWorks program to Las Vegas. ITWorks will provide the
training to enable youth to enter middle-skills jobs with opportunities
to earn higher wages and benefit the local economy,” said Capital One
Community Affairs Manager Diane Goodchild.
ITWorks has graduated more than 200 students nationally since 2010. One
hundred percent of program graduates are placed into IT internships and
75 percent find full-time opportunities within seven months of
“Not only do ITWorks students receive training and internships, they
also meet mentors in the field who are willing and able to help them and
want to see them succeed. This supportive network changes the way
students view their success and gives them the added motivation to
accomplish their career goals,” said Link Technologies CEO Debbie Banko.
In Las Vegas, Link Technologies will partner with ITWorks to provide
mentors for students and internships and jobs for graduates.
Applications for the Las Vegas program are being accepted at http://bit.ly/1OSGSPy.
All graduates receive the Cisco IT Essentials Professional
Certification, and approximately 80 percent of graduates also receive
the CompTIA A+ Professional Certification.
“The number of unemployed and underemployed youth in Las Vegas is
staggering, especially if you consider the deep well of local
opportunities in information technology,” said Patrick Callihan, Tech
Impact’s Executive Director. “We see a great opportunity to put youth on
the path for a meaningful career in IT, and we’re excited to get started
with our first class next year.”
The ITWorks program is funded by partnerships with a number of private
companies – including Capital One, Barclays and JP Morgan – in addition
to public grants.
“Capital One’s support of Tech Impact is part of our Future Edge
initiative, which focuses $150 million over the next 5 year to help more
individuals get the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century
economy,” said Capital One Community Affairs Manager Diane Goodchild.
“We look forward to engaging further with Tech Impact as they launch in
The Information Technology Workforce Program (ITWorks) is a free,
16-week immersive IT training program provided to 18-26 year olds. Since
its inception in Philadelphia in 2010, the program has graduated more
than 200 students and expanded to Wilmington, Delaware and Las Vegas.
ITWorks is run by Tech Impact, a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits
leverage technology to make a greater impact. Learn more at techimpact.org.
Olmstead Williams Communications
Stephanie Harnett, 310-824-9000