Press Release (ePRNews.com) - New York, NY - Aug 06, 2020 - The tech training nonprofit, NPower, has announced the first virtual graduation ceremony during COVID-19 will be held Thursday, August 6th, 2020, at 7:00 pm ET. Mark Hill, Senior VP and CIO, Gilead Sciences to serve as commencement speaker for the 300 young adults and veteran trainees.
The virtual ceremony will celebrate the success of over 300 graduates from NPower programs across the country – Brooklyn, Harlem, Jersey City, Newark, Baltimore, Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis and San Jose.
Families, partners, and alumni who would like to watch the virtual ceremony can RSVP here.
The Class of 2020 joins 5,000 other NPower alumni, who go on to secure entry-level tech jobs at Fortune 500 companies or continue their education with college or advanced degrees.
NPower is dedicated to removing the obstacles under-served populations face when entering the technology industry while also determining what the industry needs to overcome these barriers to diversity. 100 percent of NPower students are unemployed or under-employed when they begin the program. 76 percent of NPower trainees identify as Black, Latinx or multicultural.
This is the first NPower class to transition from an in-person to a virtual learning environment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In mid-March, NPower transitioned quickly to move completely online for their students and faculty during a time when many other colleges and universities struggled to adapt.
The CEO of NPower, Bertina Ceccarelli, says the team at NPower took immediate action to provide their students stability despite the times.
“We are so proud of the NPower Class of 2020 who overcame even more obstacles to learning during this pandemic,” says Ceccarelli, “These young adult and veteran graduates will be among the first to get in front of employers who need more virtual workers in this tech labor market.”
NPower student, Terry Martin Jr, was chosen to give the graduation speech to his class. He’s among the 40 percent of NPower graduates who are veterans.
“With the skills I learned as a soldier and the skills I learned through NPower, I am prepared and excited to begin this new chapter in my life,” says Martin.
NPower student, Camron Williams, was another student chosen to give a graduation speech. She said her speech will encourage other women of color to apply to NPower.
“I stepped out on faith and took the risk, and this is my reward,” says Williams, “Anyone can do it, especially a woman because I think women do it better anyways.”
The nonprofit organization will continue with it’s virtual training model as they recruit the incoming Class of 2021. Applicants can apply now on the NPower website. The next class starts on September 8th.
Congratulations Class of 2020
Brooklyn + Harlem, New York/ (90)
Steve Jean Baptiste
HaiLin (Hexter) Chen
Jiahui (William) Li Ruan
Long Jie (Marco) Mai
Rodolfo Vega Torres
Newark + Jersey City, New Jersey (42)
Baltimore, Maryland (61)
Nathaniel Brown Jr
Omar Harris Jr
John Rommel Marcelino
Kevin Mayo Jr
Joseph Kent Tolentino
Detroit, Michigan (22)
Sushma Parajuli Tuladhar
San Jose, California (34)
St. Louis, Missouri (37)
Lyell Champagne Jr.
William “Pablo” Washington
NPower is a national nonprofit on a mission to move people from poverty to the middle class by training youth from underserved communities and veterans in a range of tech skills and placing them in quality jobs. Students who enter their free, six-month program, earn industry-recognized certifications and graduate with the competencies of an IT professional with one to two years of experience. NPower also places students in paid internships with corporate and nonprofit organizations. Eighty percent of NPower graduates get a full-time job or continue their education. NPower’s free tech training programs for under-served communities are located in Brooklyn, Harlem, Baltimore, Jersey City, Newark, Detroit, Dallas, St. Louis, and San Jose. To learn more visit www.npower.org
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