Year Up National Capital Region Welcomed 23rd Class of Graduating Students

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Edward Hutner, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Deltek received the Urban Empowerment Award and Andy Navarrete, Executive Vice President and Head of External Affairs at Capital One delivered a commencement address

Year Up National Capital Region (“Year Up NCR”), a year-long workforce development program for low-income young adults, hosted its 23rd graduation ceremony on Friday, January 26th 2018.

Year Up NCR recognized its partner, Deltek Global, by honoring Edward Hutner, Senior Vice President of Human Resources with the Pete Kuchli Urban Empowerment Award which is presented to leaders who share Year Up’s values and vision and who are making a strong and measurable impact on our urban young adults.

“Receiving Year-Up’s NCR 2018 Urban Empowerment Award is an honor that reflects Deltek’s commitment to an organization that provides our company with a talent-ready source of skilled individuals needed to compete in today’s high-tech environment. Deltek’s partnership began with Year-Up in 2010 and during the past seven years, we’ve been fortunate to have over 50 Interns work in various functional areas of our company resulting in many full-time hires. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Year Up NCR with the goal of having other companies commit roles for Interns so they too can realize the significant impact Year Up can provide their businesses,” said Ed Hutner, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Deltek.

Deltek started its partnership with Year Up NCR in July 2011 and has since grown taking a total of 50 interns. Deltek has also hired ten Year Up NCR alumni as either permanent or contract employees since the inception of the partnership.

Year Up also recognized its partnership with Capital One with keynote speaker Andy Navarrete, Executive Vice President and Head of External Affairs who welcomed the members of the Class of January 2018.

Andy oversees Capital One’s Regulatory Relations, Government and Policy Affairs and leads Capital One’s engagement in the communities they serve. Capital One supports Year Up through Future Edge, a $150 million, five-year community initiative focused on helping more people get the skills, tools and resources they need to succeed in the 21st century.

“We are honored to have Andy share his insights with our graduates on this special day as they transition into the workforce,” Guylaine Saint Juste, Executive Director of Year Up National Capital Region. “We have had the honor of working with both Andy and Capital One, one of our premiere corporate partners, in many capacities. With Capital One it’s not only about internships- they are part of the Year Up community, hosting countless volunteer events at both Capital One and Year Up NCR Arlington and Woodbridge locations.”

Andy spoke to the graduates and their friends and family about his story as the son of immigrants and his journey in corporate America.

Year Up NCR launched its Arlington campus in February 2006 and opened a second location on its Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in August 2015. Combined, the sites has served more than 2,400 students in the Washington DC area since its founding. The one-year intensive training program combines professional coaching, hands-on skill development in and internships in tracks such as Cyber Security, Sales, Software, Hardware, and Business at some of America’s top companies including Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Hilton, Accenture, and Deloitte.

Graduation took place at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, VA on Friday, January 26th. Students, family, faculty, alumni and friends joined to celebrate Year Up’s graduates.

About Year Up
Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that provides talented and motivated young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year, intensive training program, Year Up utilizes a high support, high expectations model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 19,500 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up will serve more than 4,000 young adults in 2018 across 21 U.S. locations including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, National Capital Region, New York City, Providence, Puget Sound, South Florida and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.

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