NPower St. Louis Opens Recruitment for Third Class of IT Training and Job Placement Program for St. Louis Area Young Adults

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Classes are offered at no cost to young adults between the ages of 18-25 in the St. Louis area from underserved communities and are held at Harris-Stowe State University.

after meeting the dynamic young adults that enrolled in our first class we feel validated that this program is what is needed for our communities, for our local economy and for all of St. Louis

National nonprofit NPower, announces today that recruitment is now open for the next cohort of students of the NPower flagship program, Tech Fundamentals, for the St. Louis area. The Tech Fundamentals program is offered free of charge to young adults from St. Louis’ vulnerable communities. It is a 22-week intensive course that involves IT training, professional skills coaching, corporate site visits, technology certifications such as the CompTIA A+, a paid internship and job assistance.

NPower St. Louis was established in early 2017 after identifying a need on both ends of the employment spectrum and with a great deal of support by the local technology industry. By providing young adults an alternative training module and pathway to technology careers, the program aims to help local employers fill important gaps in employment due to lack of skilled entry-level workers. Students are not required to have a college degree or any college experience prior to entering the program. The first class of students graduated in June and students are already being placed in full time positions in information technology. Wasting no time, NPower St. Louis has already begun the second run of the program, this time doubling the class size to include both a morning and afternoon session. The third cohort, which is what is currently open for recruitment, will also offer two classes.

“The St. Louis technology and business communities welcomed NPower immediately,” said Trina Clark James, Regional Director of NPower St. Louis, “and after meeting the dynamic young adults that enrolled in our first class we feel validated that this program is what is needed for our communities, for our local economy and for all of St. Louis.” In general, NPower programs, which are offered to veterans and/or young adults from underserved communities, depending on the region, boast an overall success rate of fulltime placement in jobs or education of 80% within one year of program completion. The workforce development program is always offered free of charge and curriculum is informed by industry leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to the nonprofit organization.

Those interested in applying for the next Tech Fundamentals class in St. Louis can find more information by visting http://www.npower.org/stlouis

Space is extremely limited and those interested are encouraged to apply early.

One of the most challenging hurdles for NPower has been in breaking down barriers to employment for individuals who have not completed a college degree but possess the skills needed to fill important gaps in employment. NPower is always looking to expand their employer network and provide pathways to IT careers for our students. If you are interested in hiring an NPower intern or graduate or in becoming a corporate partner, please visit http://www.npower.org/Contact/Support-Us.aspx

About NPower
NPower is a national nonprofit, founded in 2002, that creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching IT careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. We empower under-represented talent to pursue tech futures by teaching the technical and professional skills demanded by the marketplace, and engaging corporations, volunteers and nonprofits in the long-term success of their students. NPower programs are free to qualified students. For more information, visit http://www.npower.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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