Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Brooklyn, New York - Mar 11, 2021 - The tech training nonprofit, NPower, has announced the virtual graduation ceremony celebrating their first completely virtual cohort will be held Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 7:00 pm ET. Sylvie Veilleux, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Dropbox to serve as commencement speaker for the young adults and veteran graduates.
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 Fall Class of 2020 joins over 4,000 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 NPower’s first cohort to start and complete in a fully virtual learning environment since transitioning in mid-March of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While this is the first time NPower has delivered the entire program 100% virtually across the country, they have implemented all they have learned over the past year to deliver the same high-quality skills and support to this class as they have over the past decade.
The CEO of NPower, Bertina Ceccarelli, says the team at NPower is committed to the success of their students and connecting them to the critical tech jobs that are still in high demand.
“We are so proud of NPower’s Class of Fall 2020 who possessed an unmatched sense of optimism and hope for the future while in the midst of the current global pandemic, economic recession, racial tension in this country, and their own personal obstacles,” says Ceccarelli, “These certified young adult and veteran graduates are eager to showcase their newly-acquired skills to meet the demand of the tech labor market.”
NPower student, Cecile Cromartie was chosen to give the graduation speech to her class. She’s among the 40 percent of NPower graduates who are veterans.
“Thanks to the NPower program, I am learning the essential technical and professional skills that will prepare me for a successful career in cybersecurity,” says Cromartie.
NPower student, Gabrielle McCaleb, was another student chosen to give a graduation speech. Her speech will encourage and inspire other young adults and especially women of color to apply to NPower.
“Everyone working in the program really makes sure you know that you’re supported and push you to be the best that you can be,” says McCaleb, “And I can say I have grown in more ways than expected.”
Apply Now to Be A Part Of The Fall 2021 Class
The nonprofit organization will continue with its virtual training model as they recruit the Fall Class of 2021. Applicants can apply now on the NPower website. The next class starts in August.
Congratulations Class of Fall 2020
Fall 2020 NPower Graduates (by region)
Brooklyn and Harlem, New York
Jonathan Jean Baptiste
Derek Conde Barranco
Lisaury De Jesus
Wesley De Jesus
John Joseph Dupingay
Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey
Jena Mae Batong
David De La Cruz
Wilkenson “Ken” Francois
Jonathan Colindres George
Shailendra “Shy” Gupta
Tien Yin Lee
Shayan (Shawn) Sabeerin
Alvaro Solares Davila
James Baker Jr
Eddie Jordan II
Gregory Frazier II
David Juan Roldan-DeJesus
Lee Elder, Jr.
Magdalene Banks Huber
San Jose, California
Su Lei Aye
Jose Carlo Sarmiento
St. Louis, Missouri
Sergio (Nikko) Chirco
Simon (Suman) Patel
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
Source : NPower