Year Up Launches New Site in Pittsburgh to Connect Opportunity Talent with Meaningful Careers

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Year Up Pittsburgh is currently recruiting students for its intensive, yearlong training program, which will start on February 1st, 2021

“Year Up Pittsburgh will connect young people in need of an opportunity with companies in need of their talent, ensuring a more vibrant community and workforce,” said Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO.

In recognition of National Financial Awareness Day, the national nonprofit Year Up announced today that it is launching a new site in Pittsburgh, with classes beginning on February 1st, 2021. The launch will expand Year Up’s proven program to create pathways to meaningful employment for Opportunity Talent—talented and motivated young adults that lack access to the economic mainstream.

Year Up Pittsburgh is currently recruiting students for its intensive, yearlong program, which will consist of six months of technical and professional skills training, followed by a six-month internship at a leading financial company. Students can choose from either the software development or information technology curriculum track, and will earn an educational stipend throughout the year. Students will also receive access to a robust offering of online training courses through the Pluralsight platform to better prepare them for their internship roles and future careers. Through the platform, students are able to hone their skills in topics like Operating Systems, Advanced Excel, and Business Analysis, as well as explore advanced techniques in areas like JavaScript or Cloud Computing.

Interested young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 with a high school degree or GED can schedule an online information session here.

Nationwide, 90% of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college within four months of completing the Year Up program, with average starting salaries of $42,000/year.

“Young adults are facing tremendous challenges in securing a livable-wage job with upward mobility. Year Up Pittsburgh will connect young people in need of an opportunity with companies in need of their talent, ensuring a more vibrant community and workforce,” said Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO.

To apply to Year Up Pittsburgh, young adults must first attend an information session online, after which they will receive an application. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled; please apply early as space is limited. Year Up Pittsburgh is planning to hold classes in-person, but they may be offered virtually based on guidance from local officials and the CDC at the time.

In 2018, the federally-sponsored Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) evaluation of Year Up showed a 53% increase in initial earnings for young adults randomly assigned to Year Up compared with similar young adults in a control group—the largest impact on earnings reported to date for a workforce program tested in a randomized controlled trial.

About Year Up
Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support 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 30,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up has presence in 27 U.S. cities, including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times. To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.org, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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