NPower Celebrates Class of 2020 Graduates in First-Ever National Virtual Ceremony

NPower Celebrates Class of 2020 Graduates in First-Ever National Virtual Ceremony

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.”

Apply Now to Be A Part Of The Class of 2021

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)

Smerling Adames

Syed Adib

Sajid Ahmed

Johari Anderson

Abu Antor

Daniel Asafo

Flower Avilies

Steve Jean Baptiste

Samuel Bisono

Andre Browne

Briana Burrell

Brandon Casanova

Brandon Chambers

Joseph Charles

HaiLin (Hexter) Chen

Kevin Cheng

Christopher Chunno

Inari Coleman

Alex Cortes

Myles Courtar

Rashad Daley

Poonam Das

Kadiatou Diallo

Mame Diba

Shawndell Dixon

Tyriek Eason

Carlis Eli

Esteven Espinoza

Jose Estrella

Quincy Evans

Kyion Felder

Brittney Fernando

Aaron Franco

Zaman Gilani

Steffan Griffith

Joshua Gutierrez

Noel Haye

Dante Henry

Erik Hernandez

Christian Hollis

Kevin Huang

Cahit Huner

Mansoor Hussain

Saleh Hussain

Aaron Jackson

Edwin Jodesty

Stephan Joseph

Ramsey Kasse

Aneir Khan

Ruslan Konchakovskyy

Thara Laurent

Jiahui (William) Li Ruan

Melissa Lopez

Long Jie (Marco) Mai

Pelegrino Mangiapili

Brandon Maxwell

Savannah Mclean

Michael Miller

Charlene Nieves

Lynda Ojeda

Raelynn Ortega

Eric Padilla

Jasmin Paljevic

Kimberly Piedrahita

Michael Plata

Nazish Qazi

Papia Rahman

Jeremy Regalado

Brandon Richards

Natasha Rivera

Fantasia Roman

Christine Ross

Katherine Saldivar

Kinza Saleh

Jeremy Scales

Alyssea Sealey

China Serpe

Dikembe Sharples

Wade Slater

Oscar Sosa

Nikhil Tahal

Arfa Tahir

Malik Thomas

Jenny Tran

Jose Vasquez

Brian Vasquez

Rodolfo Vega Torres

Tiffany Wang

Ariel Welch

Jarett Wright

Newark + Jersey City, New Jersey (42)

Hadi Ahmad

Imran Ahmed

Tanvir Ahmed

Hailey Alvarado

Adams Amisu

Christian Andrade

Keeyun Bae

Daniel Baptista

Anthony Bernal

Kevin Checo

Shaun Cherry

Clifford Chester

Albert Chu

Janina Delgado

Justin DeLong

Barry Dille

Thomas Donahue

Stephen Gonzalez

Carl Goulding

Xavier Greene

Sean Heholt

Alfattha Islam

Seungkyun Lee

Chidubem Jude-Ibe

Arkim Lewis

Genesis Lora-Gonzalez

Tanja Malone

James Martinelli

Darren Mattiasich

Pablo Miranda

Ryan Mosquera

Inza Nzian

Jeffrey Ortiz

CartéA Sharrock

Damilola Somorin

Marco Soriano

Gianeyra Tapia

David Torres

Melgar Tumox

Nicholas Valentin

Juan Vargas

In Wang

Baltimore, Maryland (61)

Solomon Akisanya

Oluwatiroye Amoye

Scott Baron

Steven Barrera

Sean Blake

Christian Blango

Rasheed Bradley

Nathaniel Brown Jr

Tahtiana Buckley

Jonathan Butler

Anthony Carter

Khalani Chapman

Destiny Coleman

Darien Evans

Tremaine Fauntleroy

Keon Fenner

Bryant Ferguson

Romel Freeman

Theo Friedmann

D’Angelou Grant

Kevin Grant

Omar Harris Jr

Deva Hill

Malika Holloway

Chaimae Houti

Damian Howard

Nathan Iverson

Nachshon Jakob

Shemar James

Christian Johnson

Shannon Johnson

Brittany Jones

Jewel Jones

Marquise Lofland

Christian Macias

John Rommel Marcelino

Kevin Mayo Jr

David McLaughlin

Darrin Neumeister

Francis-Joseph Nierva

Chuka Odinammadu

Hannah Osheyack

Ayomide Otukoya

Eric Payne

Dion Philbert

Tanisha Pinnock

Jordan Quinn

Lathan Reid

Ayize Sabater

Travis Salmon

Manpreet Singh

Azende Smith

Edward Smith

Dylan Stahl

Darnell Steward

Devin Terrell

Christian Tolentino

Joseph Kent Tolentino

Isaac Tsakalos

Donte Vincent

Xavier Williams

Dajia Woodson

Javier Zubiate

Detroit, Michigan (22)

Jaylin Armstrong

Caleb Baker

Justin Baldridge

Cedric Colbert

Julian Gantt

Sidney Harris

Jacob Howard

Bailee Ingram

Keon Johnson

Kennedy Key

Christian Kinsey

Kameron Martin

Kayreese Muckles

Asha Patton

Daria Poole

Tyrone Scott

Jaami’el Smith

Rashawn Smith

Daniel Valdez

Trevon Wells

Camron Williams

Anthony Richard

Dallas, Texas

Tatiana Alcarza

Manish Amatya

Jei Arivzu

Shirley Asonibe

Henry Barconey

Darrell Booker

Mark Burley

Thaddeus Carpenter

Jovani Casillas

Reginald Coleman

Jessica Cummings

Regan Figueroa

Gregory Gonzalez

Manish Karki

Olawale Kareem

Ieisha King

Andre Lewis

Eduardo Lopez

Dora Major

Edward Mata

Emmanuel Okwuosa

Jose Ramirez

Pramod Poudel

Adrian Ross

Fred Sanford

Zeinabou Sanogho

Terence Shelton

Terica Shepard

Utthan Silawal

Marcus Slaughter

Carla Smith

Calvin Speight

David Stelly

Anthony Sutter

Anudeep Tuladhar

Sushma Parajuli Tuladhar

Diaqwon Weatherspoon

Dayton Wilkerson

Carlton Young

San Jose, California (34)

Peter Ampah

Angel Aquino

Nya Bechard

Raymond Berlejung

Tae Chun

Frank Cook

German Cortes

Bennette Custodio

Robert Enriquez

Jeanelle Evans

Oluwaseyi Falana

Raymond Ho

Matthew Ho

Tingbin Huang

Yekaterina Ignatyeva

Nakiyan Kilpatrick

Michael Mankin

Terry Martin

John Meyer

Kyung Min

Richard Moreno

Michelle Natasha

Eric Ngo

Thomas Pickett

Rhina Quiya

Luis Ruiz

Niket Sakpal

Marcony Sulca

John Sutherland

Huy Thai

Nelson Than

Phu Truong

Steven Vicijan

Lillyan Wong

St. Louis, Missouri (37)

Tamin Akbarzada

Demetria Ballard

Michael Bell

Kena Beyene

Darius Black

Déja Blue

Jeris Boyd

Nathaniel Brandon

Clark Burrow

Aaron Bush

Jordan Butler

Claire Carr

Lyell Champagne Jr.

Lamyra Chatman

Brandy Coleman

Terrance Davidson

Garland Edmonds

Auston Fountain

Simeon Gibson

Marshon Johnson

Dimitri Johnson

Erik Jones

Robert Keely

Darrell Lomax

Kayla Marble

Shanice Moore

T’Asia Muhammad

De’Shajuana Owens

Paula Paredes

Sean Rittenhouse

Cole Rodgers

Alex Schmitt

Oliver Spencer

Jasmine Thomas

Eric Uebari

William “Pablo” Washington

DVyne Williams

About NPower

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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