BROOKLYN, NY – January 31, 2016 – NPower, a national nonprofit that provides free IT training and job placement for veterans and young adults from underserved communities, announces today that Diane Schwarz joins the national Board of Directors. Schwarz is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Textron, Inc. Her responsibilities include leadership of the business units’ chief information officers and directing the day-to-day activities of Textron corporate information services. She chairs Textron’s Information Management Council and oversees Textron’s information technology supplier and outsourcing relationships.
“Diane is forward-thinking when it comes to identifying and developing new technology talent and we are very pleased to have her join our national leadership team and deepen her affiliation with NPower,” said Dan Petrozzo, Chairman of NPower’s Board of Directors. “As a member of the North Texas Advisory Board for the past few years, she has advocated on NPower’s behalf to encourage local corporations to expand their hiring purview to include the well-qualified veterans who have completed our accelerated training program.”
“I am a big believer in the internship component of NPower programs and I urge any company looking for IT staff to consider participating as a way to even the playing field for those who have honorably served our country” said Diane Schwarz. “An internship is a way to evaluate the caliber of tech professionals that NPower produces; a two-month interview in a sense; and I have the utmost faith in their ability to perform.” Schwarz was recruited for the board of directors because of her commitment to the regional program in North Texas as well as her strong foothold in the industry.
“We will also be looking to Diane and Textron to advance our curriculum as they are both leaders in technology and also employers of NPower graduates,” said Bertina Ceccarelli, Chief Executive Officer of NPower. “Diane has already offered substantial input on the curriculum for our new coding class which we launched in our North Texas region. The new program, along with Diane’s board appointment, speaks to the commitment we have to veterans across North Texas.”
Prior to joining Textron, Schwarz was VP of information services at Sonitrol and held other technology leadership positions at Honeywell, Ultrak and Steelcase. She joined Textron in 2007 as the director of information technology services and support for Bell Helicopter. She holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
First-ever NPower program in Baltimore offered tuition-free training in information technology for young adults in under-served communities.
BALTIMORE, MD – December 13, 2016 – Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners and Founding Director and President of the Fund II Foundation, delivered a commencement address to NPower Baltimore’s first graduating class of 24 young adults who recently completed NPower’s 22-week IT training program.
Congratulating the students, Mr. Smith reminded the students that they will have the opportunity to pursue careers in technology that can lift up not only themselves and their families, but also their entire communities. He noted, “You will not face challenges alone, you are a part of NPower’s first graduating class, Class 1, you now have a family, and that includes me. We’re all in this together.”
Mr. Smith also personally offered several incentives for students who commit to neighborhood reinvestment in Baltimore: $1,000.00 to every student who becomes a homeowner in their community within five years, $10,000.00 to be split equally between the students once they achieve 100% ComTIA A+ certification – which covers technology topics including servers, software, cyber security, networking and troubleshooting -- and $100,000.00 to be split equally if 100% of the class become homeowners in Baltimore in a 10 year time frame. Smith implored the graduates to “Join civic associations, help others, act as role models, be a homeowner – all the things that rebuild the social fabric of a community.”
NPower Baltimore was made possible in large part due to funding from Fund II Foundation. Other major funders include Abell Foundation and Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, both also in attendance for the graduation, as well as the France-Merrick Foundation. The NPower program has also been acknowledged by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings as a valuable service to the Baltimore community.
“NPower gives young people the tools they need to take charge of their lives,” said U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings. “I am confident that each graduate of NPower Class 1 will go on to make great contributions to the Baltimore community. I am very proud tosee them change their life trajectories and commit to making a positive economic and civic impact in our communities.”
“The students who graduated this past week in Baltimore have achieved a great deal in a very short amount of time,” said Dan Petrozzo, Chairman of NPower’s Board of Directors. “They took a chance on NPower and put their lives on hold to pursue something better for themselves and that alone should be commended. We owe it to these individuals to back them with the necessary support to succeed both in their careers but also as members of the community of Baltimore. Robert Smith leads the way in helping them set aspirational goals and committing to financial rewards.”
The training program aims to meet the needs of students both in and outside of the classroom. NPower has partnered with several community organizations and the University of Maryland BioPark to help facilitate recruitment and to address a range of social issues the young adult participants face.
“We are inspired by the support we have received from the Baltimore community, and by the Fund II Foundation and other generous funders, since we opened in July. Success for us means finding jobs for our students and a number of visionary organizations have given our students their first professional IT opportunity,” said Bertina Ceccarelli, Chief Executive Officer of NPower. She continued, “Our students were hired as interns at a number of exceptional organizations: Under Armour, TD Ameritrade, DNS Technology Group, Greater Baltimore Urban League, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Data Flow Computers, Black Men Achieving Greatness, The Sand Gallery, Loyal Services Unlimited, and the Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation.”
In closing, Mr. Smith let the graduates know that he and NPower were here to help them activate their minds to create solutions in their community. He encouraged graduates to occasionally “put down your devices” and engage in conversation with one another, with friends and family, in order to meaningfully explore the issues of the day.
About Fund II Foundation
Fund II Foundation is a charitable foundation, at the heart of which is a deep commitment to advance social change, create opportunity, respect and protect the environment, and preserve our culture. Fund II Foundation is focused on improving lives and opportunities for African-American and other vulnerable populations. For more information on Fund II Foundation, visit www.fund2foundation.org.
On October 11th, NPower opened a regional office in St. Louis to help give tech training to young adults from under-served communities.
The first classes will start in January 2017.
On September 15th, NPower launched our branch in Alameda, CA..
The night of the launch, NPower was joined on the USS Hornet by representatives from Robert Half and Servicenow, who have worked with NPower to help veterans and young adults from under-served communities access to tech training.
Here's NPower CEO Bertina Ceccarelli's Speech from the Gala, and 2016 Honoree Meg Whitman's (President and CEO of HPE) fireside chat with Kristen Bellstrom (Senior Editor of Fortune Magazine).
Brooklyn, NY – NPower, a leading national nonprofit providing free IT training and job placement to young adults and veterans, announced today the appointment of Bertina Ceccarelli as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Ceccarelli comes with a wealth of experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Global Resources at the Wildlife Conservation Society where she led fundraising, brand strategy, and launched Future Leaders, a workforce development initiative for Bronx youth. As CEO of NPower, Ceccarelli will expand NPower’s reach as a leader in employer-driven IT education for young adults and veterans.
“Bertina’s successful track record in technology, business, and nonprofit leadership along with her vision for the future of NPower is strongly aligned with the board's strategic priorities,” said Dan Petrozzo, Chairman of NPower’s Board of Directors. “Her experience with large, global organizations will help NPower as we scale our unique model of IT training and corporate volunteering to new locations such as Baltimore, Maryland and St. Louis, Missouri.”
“Coming from a family of modest means with parents who didn’t attend college, I know that getting an education in technology dramatically altered the type of career opportunities that became available to me,” said Ms. Ceccarelli. “NPower’s proven training and job placement model is one answer to our generation’s growing concern over a shrinking middle class. I am focused on expanding our tech curriculum to launch more low-income young adults and veterans into successful, well-paid careers and developing new ways for volunteers to become coaches and mentors. The work of NPower profoundly alters the professional and life trajectories of our students, and I couldn’t be more honored to lead this organization.”
Women in IT Launches in North Texas
In mid-April, Citi and NPower’s The Community Corps launched the Women In IT (WIT) Program in North Texas. The program brings women technology professionals into classrooms to talk to middle school and high school girls about the opportunities and benefits of pursuing a career in IT.
According to the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) only 17% of Computer Science degrees were earned by women in 2014, down from 37% in 1985, and only 25% of computer science occupations are held by women. The Women In IT Program aims to reverse this trend by connecting girls directly to women working in IT.
During just the first week, WIT Dallas reached over 1,500 girls in the Grand Prairie and Mansfield School Districts and involved professional volunteers from Citi, Broadridge, Tata Consultancy Services,Thomson Reuters, JP Morgan Chase and NPower.
During the presentations, volunteers provided girls insight as to how technology continues to change every American industry today from banking and medicine to food and agriculture. In fact, 67% of IT/Tech jobs are outside the technology sector.
Volunteers also shared their own career paths into IT and explained how working in technology means a great salary and great future prospects. A major focus of the WIT workshop is a review of the many types of jobs available in IT, not just programming or working on hardware, but a job for almost any interest and skill set. One student remarked, “I didn't think programming could be fun, or that someone like me could be part of it. I have been worrying about what to do after high school. I really liked what they (volunteers) were saying about being a tester or an anti-hacker with cyber security. I think I would like that and I could be good at it.”
The impact of the sessions on individual girls is noticeable and the WIT surveys show an increased interest in IT careers and computer science education amongst girls who participate. A teacher at a partnering school explained, “My girls aren't exposed to many careers and it’s great for them to hear from women who have their own careers and are on the cutting edge of their field. Computers are everywhere nowadays and we really want our young women to be part of it.” One volunteer from Broadridge told a particularly poignant story. One student came up to her after the session and explained that she had just been accepted into a Gifted and Talented program for students interested in technology. The volunteer congratulated the girl and asked her if her parents were proud. The girl said, “My father says that technology is for boys.” Without missing a beat, our Broadridge volunteer said, “Well that is exactly why we are here today, to end that kind of thinking. I am proud of you, and I
encourage you to follow your dream – you will be terrific.”
The Women in IT program will continue reaching out to girls in the Grand Prairie and Mansfield school districts and hopes to reach even more girls in North Texas this coming fall. Volunteers interested in Women In IT should reach out to Tara Penny at email@example.com or visit www.thecommunitycorps.org .
NEW YORK, May 3, 2016 - NPower, a nonprofit leader in IT workforce development and skilled
volunteering, today announced it is expanding its technology job-training programs to Alameda, CA., North Texas., Baltimore, MD and St. Louis, MO. This expansion is made possible by a $3,000,000 grant from the Fund II Foundation. The commitment from the Fund II Foundation will enable NPower to offer rapid IT training and credentialing, apprenticeships and job placement services to under-served youth and military veterans.
NPower is committed to supporting young adults and veterans who are interested in pursuing lifelong careers in technology. This goal is directly in line with the Fund II Foundation’s efforts to bridge the technology workforce gap by encouraging technology education for young adults and veterans. This shared aspiration, together with NPower’s unique model and consistent results, brought NPower to the attention of the Fund II Foundation.
Founding Director and President of Fund II Foundation, Robert F. Smith, said, “NPower’s efforts to
bridge the technology workforce gap by encouraging technology education for young adults and veterans will create a diverse pipeline of talent that we need to grow an economy that includes everyone in the places we need it most.”
NPower’s workforce development program provides all trainees with: hands-on IT skills training; professional and soft-skills development; internships at Fortune 500 companies; and one-on-one support to help trainees find and retain quality tech jobs. All NPower job-training programs are offered
at no cost to the participants.
“The Fund II Foundation grant is particularly meaningful to NPower as it expands our ability to provide life-changing career opportunities to young adults and veterans living in areas where the need is overwhelming, inspiring them to achieve their potential. With 85% of NPower alumni employed or pursuing higher education within a year of graduation, this grant will have immediate impact on hundreds of individuals and the communities in which they live.” said Shannon Gibbons, NPower’s Interim Chief Executive Officer.
Founded in 2001, NPower is a nonprofit with a mission to mobilize the tech community and provide individuals, nonprofits and schools opportunities to build tech skills and achieve their potential. NPower offers IT workforce development programs in New York City, Jersey City, New Jersey, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas, the San Francisco Bay Area and Toronto, Canada.
About Fund II Foundation
Fund II Foundation is a charitable foundation, at the heart of which is a deep commitment to advance social change, create opportunity, respect and protect the environment, and preserve our culture. Fund II Foundation is focused on improving lives and opportunities for African-American and other vulnerable populations. Fund II Foundation makes grants to Section 501(c)(3) public charities in five areas: 1) preserving the African-American experience, 2) safeguarding human dignity by giving a voice to the voiceless and promoting human rights 3) improving environmental conservation and providing outdoor education that enables people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy the numerous benefits of the great outdoors 4) facilitating music education, particularly in primary and secondary schools, to nourish both the mind and the soul 5) and sustaining the uniquely American values of entrepreneurship, empowerment, innovation and security. For more information on Fund II Foundation, visit www.fund2foundation.org.
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NPower New York Joins Give Local NYC 2016
NPower Brooklyn and NPower Harlem are happy to announce participation in the 2016 Give Local NYC event.
On Tuesday May 3, 2016 we will strengthen the foundation of our City, by providing critical funding for and celebrating the work of our nonprofits. We invite every person to join this movement to improve the long-term outlook of our City and ultimately, our country!
Give Local NYC is a 24-hour on-line crowdfunding event designed to empower every New Yorker to give back to their community by supporting the organizations they trust to tackle today’s most critical issues.
Please join us as we celebrate our community and support those nonprofits that work tirelessly and selflessly to keep our City vital and strong.
View NPower's contribution page and come back May 3rd to help us fund more great training and volunteer programs in New York City.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great
teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
January 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the National Mentoring Month and offers an opportunity for you to touch lives and inspire young people. Join the movement - provide guidance and support to young
people and engage in service projects.
Mentoring has enormous benefits for youth. It can be a powerful factor in reducing disconnects from school and work, in increasing social and economic mobility, and in creating more productive and prosperous
communities. For mentors themselves, the mentoring relationship with a young person provides a shared opportunity for learning and growth.
Mentoring- especially STEM/Tech mentoring- is at the core of what The Community Corps does. We want to inspire everyone, but especially under served youth, women and veterans, to pursue education and careers in
STEM/Tech. In 2015, over 280 volunteers from The Community Corps contributed to over 5,700 volunteer mentoring hours and impact over 2,100 students. This year we aim to exceed those numbers by many folds but we can only do so with your support.
Join The Community Corps this month and take part in one of our many STEM mentoring volunteer opportunities. Although we believe in mentoring all year-round, this month is special and we would like as many people as possible to join forces in this endeavor. We have projects that are spread across the United States as well as those that can be accessed virtually, making mentoring easy for you.
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Our best year yet. Because of YOU!
14,000+ Students Impacted By The Community Corps Programs
9,000+ Volunteers From Across Corporate America
2,000+ Nonprofits & Schools Engaged
$6 Million in Social Value
All of this adds up to YOU. We could not have done all this without the help and support of our volunteers. Thank you for a great year. Let's inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals & help nonprofits and schools together!
Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Businesses, nonprofits, individuals and families around the world are coming together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. We will be celebrating by cele-tweeting our favorite projects of impact all day today to share the impact we are all making in our communities.
Follow the tweets via @npower and here’s YOUR chance to join the movement. Your support this year has helped NPower drive exceptional program growth, achievement and expansion.
Just ask the:
Hundreds of veterans and young adults who have received training this year from our FREE tech training programs like Technology Service Corps, TechCareer Accerlerator & NPower Cybersecurity.
Hundreds of high school students & nonprofits across North America receiving direct help with their STEM education programming and critical tech needs from NPower's skilled volunteers in The Community Corps.
Help us do even more in 2016.
Last month, The Community Corps coordinated a site visit for 20 students from High School of Computers and Technology (HSCT) in the Bronx to Grovo headquarters in Manhattan. The structured field trip aimed to encourage HSCT students to pursue STEM careers by introducing and exposing them to a vast array of career paths and options that are available to them in Computer Science and getting them acquainted with Tech Startup culture.
The students received a warm and enthusiastic welcome by the Grovo team and the day kicked off with a fun icebreaker and presentation giving them a brief overview of the company, followed by a customized tour of Grovo’s offices. The next activity was a career panel discussion where students got to learn more about post-secondary pathways and the tech startup work environment - including what a typical day looks like for different professionals (i.e. Software Developer, Web Application Engineer, and UX Designer). The laid back yet productive atmosphere resonated with the students, showing them that work doesn’t have to be boring and that a lot can be achieved while having fun.
The day concluded with a series of meaningful advice from industry professionals on how to get involved in web development. Speakers shared activities for students to participate in and how to locate the abundant free resources that are available to them.
We’re incredibly appreciative of Grovo for opening their doors and leading such an engaging day. These activities give students access to work-based educational experiences not possible in school alone and instill an aspirational belief that a career in STEM is possible for them.
Here’s some thoughts shared by event participants:
“Our students had an amazing time at Grovo, not only because they spoke to professionals in various departments at the company who provided details about their jobs, but they had a unique opportunity to witness a work environment at a start-up. As seniors in high school who are at a transitional point in their lives, navigating the college process, the experience was super impactful because they were able to get questions answered about how to tackle choosing a career or major and hear about employee personal histories.” - Jessica Torres, College and Career Counselor, High School of Computers and Technology
“Visiting Grovo showed me all the work and dedication that goes into making a successful startup. It displayed the importance of teamwork in projects especially the small ones. This trip illustrated how even STEM focused companies seek people with liberal arts majors. Lastly, I learned about the importance of internships in order to gain experience and network my way to success.” - Jaime Benavides, Student, High School of Computers and Technology
"We loved engaging with seniors from HSTC at the Grovo offices for a day. The students held intelligent, insightful discussions with our employees that not only allowed students to learn about working in tech, at a start-up, and specifically at Grovo, but also allowed our employees to reflect on our own careers and learn about the next generation of STEM professionals." – Kandace Davis, Manager Philanthropy, Grovo Learning, Inc.
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We are so excited for the sixteen rising tech professionals who just graduated from our latest innovative training program, TechCareer Accelerator IT Service Management NYC.
Our intensive 6-week training program held at our Brooklyn offices focused on hands-on classroom training toward Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) & ServiceNow certifications to meet the industry’s mounting tech talent needs. Class 1 saw impressive results:
100% ITIL Certified
94% Graduation Rate
87% ServiceNow Administrator Certified (and counting)
10+ Countries of Origin Represented
Shannon Gibbons, Interim Chief Executive Officer & Chief Development Officer for NPower said, “Professionals with experience working in Software as a Service (“SaaS”) platforms are some of the most in-demand technologists in the industry today.” She added, “We are proud to have partnered with NPower corporate underwriter ServiceNow, to co-develop this accelerated, results-driven curriculum. We are training the next generation of IT Service Management professionals.”
One of the highlights of the evening was the speech given by a program graduate. “I came into this program like a lot of people did; unable to find a job, struggling to find my way into the technology field, and looking to make more money,” said Siaka Massaquoi, Class 1 speaker. He added, “I wasn’t ready to take on any new challenges ahead of me, but NPower changed that. Being around technology has brought me back. It has reignited the fire I had for reaching my goals.”
Several awards for excellence during the program were given out at the commencement:
NPower Future Leader Award: Ami Kumagai-Nosea
NPower Technology Service Corps Advisory Council Pay It Forward Award: Mulikat Olaleye
ServiceNow Accelerator Award: Shikura Velez
NPower is also offering TechCareer Accelerator IT Service Management programs in Fort Worth, Texas and Newark, New Jersey.
- December 14: NPower San Francisco Bay Area Technology Service Corps Class 2
- December 15: NPower North Texas Technology Service Corps Class 5 & TechCareer Accelerator IT Service Management North Texas Class 1
- December 17: NPower New York Technology Service Corps Class 35 & TechCareer Accelerator IT Service Management New Jersey Class 1
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Inspired By Our Veterans Every Day
We are inspired by of our veterans, like 6 year Navy veteran Michelle Brick, who has overcome so much and has inspired so many by her journey (watch video above).
We are inspired to see our veterans start new careers in technology with titles like Desktop Support, System Administrator, IT Specialist, Mainframe Support Analyst, Information Technologist, Project Manager, and Network Analyst.
We are also inspired by our network of leading employers who help us secure new careers for graduates at places like CA Technologies, Citi, Deloitte, Texas Department of Health & Human Services, KPMG, Robert Half, TD Ameritrade, TekSystems, United Surgical Partners, and Verizon.
NPower focuses on training veterans who have a clear need for support. Approximately 10% of our Technology Service Corps trainees are homeless upon enrollment. Others struggle with unemployment or have only part-time, low-paying jobs; in fact, the average household income of our veteran trainees is only $23,000 at enrollment. But after graduating from NPower, our veteran alumni have been placed in jobs with an average starting salary of $42,500 and have clear paths for advancement. For veterans struggling with the transition to civilian life, the impact of enrolling in our programs can be life-changing.
Every day is Veterans Day at NPower and we are proud to be able to provide free tech training programs like Technology Service Corps, TechCareer Accelerator and NPower Cybersecurity across our offices in New York City, Newark, North Texas and San Francisco Bay Area. Help us serve veterans.
It’s already been one week since the tech community joined together at NPower’s Annual Gala to celebrate transforming lives through technology. This unprecedented network of corporate, nonprofit and educational partners gathered at Pier Sixty in New York City’s Chelsea Piers that night (click on the photo gallery above).
That evening, 800+ attendees heard from leading tech executives, including Dan Petrozzo (Chairman of NPower’s Board of Directors and Co-Founder of Verilume) and David Reilly (member of NPower’s Board of Directors and Chief Technology Officer at Bank of America). Mr. Reilly proudly introduced NPower’s 2015 Honoree, Michael Dell, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Dell Inc.
“Technology is transforming lives and transforming the world. It also creates opportunities and careers for youth, and we see that impact through the great work NPower is doing. There are many things you can do for young people, but I believe creating jobs is the most important thing.” - Michael Dell
Two brand new videos were also launched at this year’s Gala:
Earlier that evening, Michelle Brick delivered an inspiring speech sharing how she overcame many hardships including homelessness and unemployment after returning home from six years in the U.S. Navy. NPower’s free technology training program, Technology Service Corps, helped her secure a position at Citi as an Infrastructure Analyst at Citi.
“I am grateful to NPower for having such a positive impact on my life. The staff at NPower believed in me. It is transformational and it only took twenty-two weeks; which proves being you is enough.” – Michelle Brick
NPower also presented awards to two executives and their companies for outstanding commitment and service to NPower’s programs:
- Tech Volunteer Team of the Year Award: Steve Mase, Director Global Process Quality Assurance, Citi
- Tech Training Team of the Year Award: Luke Chilone, Managing Director, TD Ameritrade
Last night was truly an awesome night for the tech community - standing together for social good. Leaders from across the industry joined together with educators, nonprofits, volunteers, NPower program alumnus and CTE high school students to celebrate the impact we've had in 2015. And everyone was inspired by our 2015 Honoree, Michael Dell. Our "official" photos are still coming in, so in the interim enjoy these posted by our capacity crowd at Pier Sixty in NYC:
Earlier this month, NPower’s skilled based volunteering program, The Community Corps, teamed up with corporate underwriter, Cognizant, to teach 25 students how to build their own websites. Jersey City Deputy Mayor, Vivian Brady-Phillips, stopped by to admire their work!
This hands-on volunteer project was in support of Jersey City Mayor’s Saturday Jump Start program which offers free professional development, enrichment, certification, and college prep courses for Jersey City residents ages 15-21.The Community Corps and Cognizant structured the session, and Cognizant volunteers led the HTML and CSS workshops. The interactive tutorial sessions taught Jersey City students foundational computer logic for coding. The exhilaration displayed by students was palpable. By the end of the workshop, all the students had successfully built and edited their very own personalized websites.
"I never did this before, but I like it and it wasn't as hard as I thought. I didn't know that video games and apps were all built through code. I want to try to doing that and make one myself," exclaimed one student.
One of the female participants told us, "I am really glad I got to learn coding today. I'm interested in computers and it is my goal to learn how to code, but the computer science class at my school is all boys. I didn't want to be the only girl and only beginner. The Cognizant volunteers were so welcoming and they made me feel like I could do it. I want to continue coding with other girls now."
During the lunch break, Cognizant volunteers explained how students could parlay coding skills into a career in programming. Volunteers and students discussed how coding is ushering in a new industrial revolution and through their participation today, the students were poised to be part of the explosion job growth occurring in tech.
“NPower is thrilled to have been able to partner with Jersey City and Cognizant to expand opportunities for young people. We look forward to continued partnership in support of JC youth - we believe in their potential,” said CEO Stephanie Cuskley.
This past Friday, the CNBC series “Where the Jobs Are” focused on the shortage of skilled workers in the cybersecurity industry. The program centered on one our corporate underwriters, Symantec, and highlighted the story of NPower graduate Richard Hobson.
Richard was a welder before enrolling and ultimately graduating from two free tech skills training programs offered by NPower: Technology Service Corps NYC and Symantec Cyber Career Connection NYC. For Hobson, a native of the South Bronx, the experience has been a life-changing one.
"My role as a welder felt like a dead-end job," he said. "I couldn't elevate my skills. I couldn't challenge myself as much as I wanted to.” The self-described tech geek said he now knows what he wants his future to look like, something he had not thought about before graduating from the program.
The CNBC series “Where the Jobs Are” with Mary Thompson covers jobs of the future and looks at skilled labor shortage in different industries and companies. Recent episodes in the series have focused on LinkedIn/big data, Verizon/summer internships and TaskRabbit sharing economy.
The Community Corps is NPower’s skills-based volunteering program that connects technology professionals with high impact nonprofits and schools. We are so proud to have been asked this year to collaborate with Citi on the 10th anniversary of their Global Community Day. We worked with the Citi project team to create a series of skills-based volunteer offerings for the celebration of their global day of service.
The volunteer events consisted of Citi Skills Marathons in New York City, Irving, Texas and Wilmington, Delaware. There was also a one-on-one Speed-Mentoring event in New York City and a virtual Mock Interview program across North America.
250+ Citi volunteers participated
100 students interacted in the program
- 30 nonprofits were involved
The nonprofits expressed how much they appreciated their teams and how much this event benefited their organizations. Many asked Citi/The Community Corps to add them to the list for future skills-based events. Supriya Banavalikar, from the Hunger Project, stated: "We have over 400,000 volunteers around the world. Having people experience the opportunity to give back to their community, no matter where they are placed, gives meaning to one's life. It gives people an opportunity to open their hearts and minds creatively and inspirationally to make a difference."
Anthony Verriello, Global Head, Information Management, Analytics and Billing for TTS Technology at Citi, stated: "When I talk to my team and my peers, people really look forward to these events. They really feel the contribution to the community - it's very fulfilling. These are some of the most popular things we do here. These events get some of the best feedback in terms of things Citi employees want to be involved in and are looking to do more of."
ECPAT-USA hosted HackECPAT, their first hackathon, with help from The Community Corps at NPower. "From the behind the scenes assistance to the mentors provided, NPower was instrumental in making ECPAT-USA's HackECPAT Hackathon a success," remarked Janai Smith, Youth Outreach Manager, ECPAT-USA. ECPAT-USA is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States and the aim of the hackathon was to develop new means for students to educate themselves and their peers about the sex trafficking of children in the U.S.
ECPAT was able to facilitate an innovative event that both inspired and educated over 30 New York City high school students. These driven students created websites and apps to illustrate the reality of human trafficking and how young people across the world can do their part to bring awareness to the issue.
The Community Corps team member, Esteban Cruz Trujillo, Operations Associate, was asked to participate in the event as a judge. "To see these teens, many without any real experience coding, choose to spend a summer weekend learning and bringing awareness to such a grave issue was an amazing sight," he added.
Earlier this week, NPower joined leaders from Jersey City, JPMorgan Chase and New Jersey City University’s Logistics Center (NJCU) to announce our exciting expansion. This site will be New Jersey’s first location operating NPower’s Technology Service Corps program. Our innovative 22-week information technology workforce development program merges classroom technical training and industry-recognized certification with internships and professional development led by top corporate and nonprofit technology professionals. The new location was made possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from NPower corporate underwriters JPMorgan Chase.
NPower’s Technology Service Corps Jersey City program will be open to young adults ages 18-24 who are Hudson County residents, not currently in school, and have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. The inaugural class will launch this fall with the application process opening up this summer.
NPower’s Technology Service Corps NYC grads recently had the opportunity to tour Google’s NYC headquarters, stretching the entire block between 8th and 9th avenue. Our host, Google’s Tanuja
Gupta, explained that since the floor is so expansive, staff tends to use scooters to get from one end to the other. Students were led on a tour in which they saw co-working space, meeting rooms, the cafeteria and a game room equipped with a treadmill, pool tables and video games. The students learned how these spaces were designed to promote the creativity and innovation Google is known for.
NPower alumnus Thayne Clarke said, “I enjoyed how inspiration was around every corner and the artwork and Legos took me back to my youth. I learned about Google's methodology around innovating
and how they encourage their employees to learn and grow.”
Students were able to take what they had learned from NPower and think about it in terms of a career at an industry-leader like Google.
“Since graduation, my reality about technology has drastically changed. NPower gave me experience in the industry and provided me with the soft skills which are equally as important to work in environments at companies like Google,” added Syed Hashmi, NPower alumnus.
Photo: Moira Kilcoyne, NPower Board of Directors and Co-Head of Global Technology and Data at Morgan Stanley speaking at a recent Tech Challenge workshop for nonprofits via The Community Corps
Through our partnership with Morgan Stanley, NPower was able to secure tech equipment to help outfit our newest location in New Jersey where we will be training underserved young adults and veterans. Just last month, an additional donation to our Brooklyn classroom marked the fourth donation of equipment provided by Morgan Stanley in the last year. All of this hardware, servers and more have helped us prepare graduates in NYC & SF for employment in a range of technology positions, including technical, business and project analysis. Here's a snapshot of their generosity:
- 35 Desktop
- 29 Laptops
- 9 Mac Workstations
- 8 Servers
- Monitors, Keyboards and Server Racks
Morgan Stanley’s support of NPower goes far beyond their donation of much needed equipment. In the past year, volunteers across the firm have hosted technology consultations for our nonprofit network (via The Community Corps), professional development workshops, site visits, sponsored NPower interns (via Technology Service Corps) and even recently hired two of our alumni.
They also hosted our Technology Service Corps NYC Class 32 & Class 33 graduation ceremonies and presented its first sponsored leadership award to graduates who demonstrated Morgan Stanley’s core value of ‘Leading with Exceptional Ideas’ last December. The award recipients were recognized for having broken new ground, being vigilant about what they can do better and for exhibiting the willingness to let the facts and different points of view broaden their perspective. The two Class 33 recipients were Tommy Flinch from NPower’s Brooklyn campus and Rafael Torres from NPower’s Harlem campus. In the program, both earned their CompTIA A+ certification, considered the starting point for a career in information technology, and interned at Accenture and KPMG, respectively. See Class 34 Recap to find out who won the Morgan Stanley Award for Class 34.
We couldn't be prouder of the eighty-three young adults who graduated from NPower’s Technology Service Corps New York City program on June 23, 2015 (hosted by Bank of America). Our innovative technology job training program in NYC focuses on helping underserved youth and puts them on the path for becoming future CTOs, CIOs, and CEOs.
Several awards for excellence during the program were given out to graduates by corporate partners including Bank of America, Citi, Morgan Stanley, and Symantec. Bank of America hosted the capacity-crowd for this, the 34th NYC graduation ceremony.
- Bank of America Trust the Team Award: Vanessa Henry & Stephen Powell
- Citi Principle of Ingenuity Award: Christopher Adorno & Ashford Morgan
- Morgan Stanley Leadership Award: Thayne Clarke & Adanna Omatu
- Symantec Connecting to the World Award: San Huang & Keyon Palmer
Attendees were fortunate to hear moving speeches by Technology Service Corps graduates, current students, and a commencement address by David Reilly, NPower Board Member and Chief Technology Officer, Bank of America. Mr. Reilly shared some really memorable advice during a portion of his speech he called, “Things I Wish I Had Known….When I Started.”
On June 18th, thirty-three eager U.S. military veterans graduated from NPower’s Technology Service Program in the San Francisco Bay area. We were so proud to have such an ambitious group of new technologists to represent our inaugural class in the region.
After a strenuous twenty week program, we are excited to announce that 79% of these students passed the A+ certification, and 5 students have received the ServiceNow certification.
The following 4 students were recognized for their outstanding program participation:
- JPMorgan Chase Leadership Award: Matt Stohner
- Robert Half Service Award: Mark Atlee
- Stanford Health Care Inspiration Award: Renoir Welch
- Stanford Health Care Performance Award: James Roe
At our graduation, we were lucky enough to have workforce leaders attend from leading companies such as Robert Half, Ernst and Young, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford Health Care, Proofpoint and JPMorgan Chase along with Veterans Helping Veterans, Swords to Plowshares, Team AM Vet and the Women Veterans Commission.
NPower, through The Community Corps, coordinated the recent HP Day of Service. Thirty-two Chelsea High School students, studying technology, spent the day at HP’s NYC headquarters. The day was packed with interactive workshops and students had the opportunity to learn about trends in business-focused
technology and participate in mini mentoring sessions.
The class split into groups to engage in a design prototyping challenge using cheap materials such as uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. This activity incorporated skills like teamwork, perseverance and outside-the-box thinking, all of which allow a company like HP to be successful.
“I liked to hear the background of how some of these employees got their jobs – it’s the multiple paths that I like the kids to find out about. That’s what I always stress: there’s different ways to get there.” Mr. Tebbet, Chelsea High School teacher.
“We are thrilled to bring together young aspiring technologists with HP professionals who are so motivated to share their experiences. Programs like this do a good job encouraging young people to pursue careers in tech,” said Mary Ellen Sullivan, Director, The Community Corps.
Liz Warner, New York City Chapter Lead, HP Employee Sustainability Network added, “Partnering
with NPower was a great experience for HP. The Community Corps worked with us where HP could add social value to the community where we work.”
One of the twenty-four HP volunteers remarks on the event: “What better way to spend a day, than to engage in discussion with 10th graders eager to learn about HP and about working in the technology field. I even learned some things from them about the next generation of technologists.” Carl Fishkind, Director,
Financial Services, Applications and Business Services, HP Enterprise Services.
Celebrating NPower's North Texas Class 4 Graduation
Congratulations to the forty-nine graduates of the Technology Service Corps North Texas Class 4! After a strenuous twelve week program, multiple certifications and a 7 week apprenticeship, we are proud to announce our graduates into the world of technology.
We were fortunate enough to send our graduates to serve as apprentices for various leading companies, including the following: Citi, Dallas County Community College District, CA Technologies, TD Ameritrade and more.
Bob Nicholson, NPower Chief Administrative Officer, spoke with energy about the graduation, saying, “From all of us who work for or with NPower, we are thrilled to announce our fourth graduating class in North Texas. This graduation represents one of the many incredible outcomes of collaboration between veterans and the tech community.”
Executives from NPower partnering companies and foundations presented the following awards to select graduating veterans:
- TD Ameritrade Commitment to Excellence Award: Chris “Jason” Sallas
- Citi Innovation Award: Darrel Sawyer
- Beacon Hill Serving Those Who Serve Award: Jason DeMoines
- JPMC Leadership and Community Service Award: Tiffany Johnson
- Dallas County Community College District Performance Award: Sujan Mulepati
Technology Service Corps North Texas Visits CA Technologies
As we gear up for graduation today of our 4th Technology Service Corps North Texas Class, we wanted to look back at one of our favorite site visits this session: CA Technologies. We are so fortunate to have CA Technologies as a corporate underwriter and local supporter of our veterans receiving free tech training and career services.
Last month, our North Texas office coordinated a trip for the students in the Technology Service Corps Dallas program to visit CA technologies (NPower corporate underwriter). What an inspiring and insightful day for our students!
After an introduction to CA technologies, students were split into groups to visit different areas of the company. Students were engaged with games and prizes while learning information about the company and their products. They remarked that a highlight of the trip was the tour and overview of each department, such as Presales, Tech Support, Inside Sales, Solution Center and Mainframe.
During Akshay Agrawal’s presentation on Services, he told the story of how he became involved with CA technologies and how it led to where he is today. John Hodges, the director of talent acquisition, gave an overview of the company. He discussed how projects work in relation to the company as a whole.
Donald Barnett, a member of class 2 alumni, spoke on behalf of the Presales department and their positions. He discussed how he is responsible for CA’s relationship with their clientele, and how his team must be equipped to solve technological issues with their client’s devices. This also means that his team determines the standing of CA technologies’ customer service. His level of success and the road he’s taken to get there represented a future career path for the students at this event.
The students were enthusiastic about the experience and appreciated the presenters’ talks. One student remarked on the dynamic of the company: “Love the culture here. This is a culture would like to work in.” The goal for the day was to provide an opportunity for students to network with the CA staff and to experience the diverse jobs within a technology company. Students were very receptive to the CA staff and they really valued the visit. As one of them remarked, “This visit cannot be topped.”
NPower and Tata Consultancy Services are proud to announce today a new Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) Commitment to Action. The Community Corps, NPower’s skilled volunteer program with national reach, is heading up a three-year commitment that aims to engage approximately 3,000 volunteers to support 19,000 students and 750 teachers across 275 schools. The new initiative focuses on serving schools where 50% or more of students qualify for free or reduced lunch in states
including Florida, New York, North Carolina and Texas.
This new innovative CS education program will be implemented via The Community Corps under the following directives:
- Inspire Students: Focus on placing corporate volunteers in schools around the U.S. in the interest of inspiring middle and high-school students to seek Computer Science (CS) related studies and careers.
- Teach Code: Designed to help provide students with groundbreaking Computer Science and coding curriculum that they would usually not receive in schools.
- Prepare CS Educators: Will aid middle and high school teachers in receiving technology orientation and certifications.
On the heels of last year's successful pilot, we proudly stand with our Technology Service Corps program partners today as we announce this CGI America 2015 Commitment to Action:
Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) New York & Dallas
NPower's cybersecurity workforce development pilot program (Symantec Cyber Career Connection NYC) will be scaled up to serve U.S. military veterans in Dallas, Texas in addition to serving young adults in New York City. NPower has administered tech training programs for veterans since 2013, and is experienced at customizing its training programs and support systems to effectively serve this population. The original pilot achieved strong results; all students obtained Network+ certifications, while 80% obtained Security+.
Students completed internships at industry-leading companies such as Bank of America, CBS, Marathon Consulting, Morgan Stanley, and New York Times. To date, five program graduates have secured full-time employment, while five have had their internships extended and are close to converting to full-time roles.
If you are interested in learning more about our Cyber program in Dallas, contact Duane.Davis@npower.org.
Our world is rapidly changing due to technology innovations. These innovations are creating new communication channels, reducing operating costs, facilitating new education methods, and even ushering in social change. Yet the technology revolution is not being experienced by all in the same way.
Middle School, High School and University students are great consumers of technology but are not widely pursuing technology degrees. Currently, less than 2.4% of U.S. college students graduate with a Computer Science (CS) degree. Schools know that industry is clamoring for aspiring technologists, but computer science is not widely taught in secondary schools. Nonprofits consistently cite technology as their toughest functional challenge.
The mission of NPower and its skills-based volunteering program, The Community Corps (TCC), is mobilizing the tech community to provide individuals, nonprofits and schools with opportunities to build tech skills and achieve their potential. The Community Corps and its tech volunteers achieve this mission by advising nonprofits and schools on the most effective ways to employ technology AND by inspiring the next generation to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
To increase scale and impact, NPower and key corporate partners have come together to launch The Community Corps Advisory Council. The TCC Advisory Council has committed itself to grow programs in five focus areas:
- Inspire Students: increase awareness among students that tech careers are within their reach
- Teach Code: deliver hands-on coding opportunities for middle and high school students
- Prepare Teachers: equip teachers to engage students interested in tech and computer science studies
- Influence Policy: support legislation and policy that address the technology education and talent gap
- Enable Nonprofits: develop scalable solutions that speed mission delivery via technology innovations
“Cross-sector alignment is critical to harness the collective power of organizations to address social problems. By providing youth access to industry engagement on technology education and careers, we are fostering innovation and improving America’s competitiveness. This could not have been possible before, without the model that NPower has put together and the passion of technology professionals from across sectors.” – Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, Tata Consultancy Services.
“Corporate tech professionals have in-demand talents coupled with a strong desire to give back. Schools, nonprofits and students want to learn leading tech skills from professionals in the field. The challenge is that these groups can’t easily connect. The Community Corps serves to connect public and private, and deliver volunteer programs that close the digital divide.” - Mary Ellen Sullivan, Director of The Community Corps.
Learn more about how The Community Corps inspires students to study and pursue careers in tech and how we develop repeatable and scalable programs for nonprofits and schools to get needed tech tools at thecomunitycorps.org.
A capacity crowd of more than 200 tech executives, family & friends packed the Toronto Region Board of Trade last week to join us in celebrating the twenty-four young adults graduating from NPower’s Technology Service Corps Toronto program. This was NPower Canada’s first technology job training program in Canada benefiting underserved youth across Toronto.
Canadian football legend and admired philanthropist, Michael “Pinball” Clemons, delivered an inspirational commencement speech that really showed these young adults that they are the next generation of tech success stories. Here are just two impressive stats from Class 1:
- 83% graduation rate
- 33% of graduates are women
While NPower Canada aims to connect 80% of our alumni with IT jobs within 6 months, we’re already more than half way there out of the gate, with 57% of brand new grads moving immediately into full-time employment or extended paid internships through summer.
Several awards for excellence were also given out to Class 1 during the evening’s program by NPower Canada partners. Congratulations to the following graduates:
- Accenture High Performance Award: Tariq Rend
- Cisco Innovation Award: Sean Donoahue
- The Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation Scholarship: Juan Jose Ayala-Sandoval
- Ryerson University Excellence Award: Jaleesha Husbands
- TD Women in Leadership Award: Leonie McCleary
- Virgin Mobile RE*Generation Insatiable Curiosity Award: Ammarah Rana
Some of our favorite quotes from the night came from our Class 1 student speakers:
“Being in the NPower program has made me a better me.” - Gisele Mathiabo, Class 1
“NPower is truly necessary in our society to bridge the gap between schools and career.” - Laxman Gnanendran, Class 1
Thank you to our graduation hosts, Accenture, Cisco and TD and to all our other partners for helping us to provide the tech skills and opportunities that will lead to brighter futures for these young adults.
We are so excited about the recent release of The Florentine Deception, by Carey Nachenberg. Not only is this cyber thriller a great read; but proceeds from sales will be donated to NPower as well as four other nonprofits who also do amazing work for underserved young adults. They include:
Avid followers of NPower will recall that just last month we graduated students from our Symantec Cyber Career NYC Class 1. Carey has been part of Symantec for the past 20 years and is Chief Architect of Symantec’s Security Technology and Response (STAR) division. As well as being one of the first authors of Norton Antivirus.
The action-packed cybersecurity thriller has already received high praise from reviewers and security experts alike. Recent graduates from our Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) NYC class received early autographed copies and also praised the book:
“This book is very intriguing and very true to life. We all become a little curious, but sometimes curiosity invites
unforeseen events making you wish you left it alone. I think this is what is so captivating about the book and it
holds your attention because you can't wait to see what unfolds for the character. - Ashley W., SC3 NYC Class 1
“From programming, PC repair, and malware analysis to a forensics mindset; it's a really well thought-
out book. I was hooked right away once I started seeing the mindset of the character. Using the tools
and how he thought ahead in case it didn't work out.” - Rodrigo S., SC3 NYC Class 1 Graduate
The Community Corps, a skills-based tech volunteering program within NPower, teamed up with New Dorp High School in Staten Island to give students an opportunity to interact with STEM professionals during a career day at the school. This Career Day was a result of NPower’s partnership with NYC DoE and CTE Schools. This High School participates in NYC DoE’s Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) program and seeks to provide students with real-world experiences related to software engineering and exposure to STEM professionals. On April 22, 2015, four volunteers from The Community Corps with diverse technology backgrounds spoke to New Dorp’s Software Engineering Pilot students on a future in the software engineering field/ technology field. Two of the volunteers were on site at the school and two participated virtually.
The Career Day started with a presentation from Chris Demeke, a Google Product Strategist, currently working on YouTube. Chris shared his personal and professional interests, career paths, and accumulated wisdom. He encouraged the students to find opportunities to apply the software engineering concepts they learn in the classroom to real-world situations such as volunteering to build or update a website, or a database application for a local small business or school club. Chris also provided examples of how he honed his coding skills as a high school student by using what he learned in the classroom to find creative solutions to small problems he encountered on his part-time job in his high school’s computer lab. The students were enthralled to speak with an IT professional currently working at Google and asked many questions about his typical work day, Google’s culture, challenges he may encounter at work, and programming languages used to build various Google applications.
The second guest speaker, Dr. Josephine Kolajo-Garcon, currently works as a Senior Informaticist at Sidra Medical and Research Center located in Qatar (Middle East) and participated virtually via Skype. Josephine explained that she transitioned from her role as a clinical pharmacist to health information technology because she recognized and appreciated the important role of technology in improving quality and safety in healthcare. She spoke specifically about her role as an informaticist in the design of integrated electronic medical record (EMR) systems that incorporate robotics, bar code scanners, and automated dispensing cabinets to improve security, reliability, and responsiveness to the needs of the healthcare team, and decrease in medication errors. The students asked questions about Qatar and Josephine used her computer’s webcam to give the students a view of downtown Doha, the capital city of Qatar.
NPower, 7-Eleven, PepsiCo and the greater North Texas tech community proudly presented multiple Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard for a benefit concert at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on April 7th.
Over 30,000 new U.S. Armed Forces veterans enter the job market each year—but finding a good civilian job can be a challenge, and veteran unemployment has remained high in Texas and nationwide. Nearly 1,400 veterans from the greater Dallas area are interested in our free Technology Service Corps North Texas program and the funds raised from this benefit concert will help us grow to meet this demand.
Wes Hargrove, opening speaker for the evening and 7-Eleven SVP Development said, "NPower is building on more than a decade of success to expand their life-changing program to more locations. This benefit concert will help us change the lives of many veterans in North Texas and ultimately help the next generation of technology professionals.”
“Everyone wants to see veterans succeed professionally when they return to our communities,” added Robert Dixon, PepsiCo SVP & CIO. “Expanding NPower's North Texas program addresses a critical demand for technology training in our communities.”
NPower graduated fourteen young adults from the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) program on March 23, 2015. Graduating students represented four of the five boroughs of New York City as well as Stamford, CT. The commencement was hosted at the One Bryant Park offices of Bank of America. Opening the ceremony, Bank of America Chief Technology Officer and NPower Board member, David Reilly said he was "proud to be the first to congratulate this standout group of graduates on behalf of the NPower board of directors." Addressing the graduates, Reilly added, "You are starting your careers in the most exciting area of technology at the moment. We need young technologists like you to be part of the cyber technology workforce we need today and tomorrow."
Sheila B. Jordan, SVP & Chief Information Officer, Symantec Corporation, delivered a moving commencement address. Jordan said, "It's a pivotal day for these ambitious young adults who - thanks to one of our key partners, NPower - are stepping into their first cybersecurity careers and filling the expanding need for cybersecurity professionals. For Symantec and the entire industry, it's a day worth celebrating."
In addition to the proud families and friends of the graduates, executives from Bank of America, CBS, Citi, the Clinton Global Initiative, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, New York Times, Marathon Consulting, Symantec, TD Ameritrade and other program partners and leaders in the cybersecurity field attended this graduation, the first for Symantec as part of the Cyber Career Connection program.
Seventy-three percent of the SC3 New York City students had less than an associate’s degree and eighty-six percent had less than a bachelor’s degree when entering this program. The final portion of the program included a ten-week paid internship placement.
SC3 NYC Class 1 Key Stats (as of graduation):
- 80% Graduation Rate
- 100% Network+ Certified
- 80% Security+ Certified
- 25% Linux+ Certified (optional incremental certification)
- 6 Internship Extensions
- 2 Job Offers Accepted
Several awards were given out by NPower and its corporate program partners to recognize students for outstanding achievement over the course of the 6-month program:
- Bank of America Trust the Team Award: Ashley W. Williamson
- Citi Principle of Ingenuity Award: Alfredo Salas
- Morgan Stanley Leadership Award: Tafari Taylor
- Symantec Connecting to the World Award: Rodrigo Sinchi
- NPower Defying All Odds Award: Corey Murphy
As NPower Canada’s inaugural Technology Service Corps Toronto class approaches graduation on May 4th, we thought it would be fun to look back and recap one of their favorite site visits from January: LinkedIn Canada.
Students were introduced to Kishan Salgado, Systems Support Analyst. Kishan explained his role and what his day-to-work looks like as the sole person in the IT department at the Toronto office. He gave valuable advice on how to succeed in entry-level IT careers and suggested further certifications in high-demand for the students to pursue.
Jonathan Baldock, Global Account Manager at LinkedIn, spoke to the students about the power of LinkedIn as a tool for professional and career development. He discussed overused buzzwords, how to ensure your profile will be more likely to be viewed, and how to use LinkedIn beyond creating a profile.
The students then went on a tour where they quickly learned why LinkedIn commonly states they are “the best place to work.” Between the large Toronto mural and band posters, open concept space, state of the art Cisco video conferencing technology and every type of seating you could imagine (including picnic tables and beanbag chairs), the décor throughout the office AND the free food in the cafeteria, everything really spoke to the their sensibilities.
One student told us after the site visit, “my experience at LinkedIn was a real morale boost. I was worrying about how my lack of education would hinder my ability to get a high level position in a company, but after hearing Jonathan’s story I just feel that I can do anything…it’s just about my attitude.”
Thank you to our partners at LinkedIn Canada for leading such an inspiring and engaging site visit for our students!
March is Women's History Month and The Community Corps is excited to share ways you can support young women and their advancement in tech fields.
As we think about the coming generations of women poised to make their mark, consider these numbers compiled by NCWIT:
- 57% of professional occupations in the 2013 U.S. workforce were held by women
- 26% of professional computing occupations in the 2013 U.S. workforce were held by women
- 24% of Chief Information Officer (CIO) positions at Fortune 100 companies were held by women in 2012
Together, we can change these numbers for the better and help to close the gender gap. Please help us to inspire the next generation of women to achieve their full potential. Volunteer via The Community Corps and discover ways you can make an impact in the lives of young women.
When & Where:
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Pier Sixty, New York City
Dinner & Program 7:00pm
M.V. Ramana Murthy
Learn More About Our Programs: Watch 2014 Gala Video >
Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3)
New York City Graduation Ceremony
NPower and Symantec are celebrating our students as they complete their twenty-six week journey to become cybersecurity professionals on Monday, March 23, 2015.
The Community Corps partnered with 3D Heights and Digital Ready to give NYC public high school students a real-world experience with new 3D printing technology and its countless applications. 3D Heights is a full-service 3D-scanning and printing store located in NYC’s Washington Heights neighborhood and was launched last year by serial entrepreneur and military veteran Jerry Castanos.
Thanks to our partnership with Digital Ready, nearly forty NYC high school students from the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, the Bronx Academy of Software Engineering and the NYC Lab High School for Collaborative Studies spent several hours at 3D Heights getting hands-on practice using the different three-dimensional printing equipment. In the morning, Mr. Castanos delivered a multi-media presentation revealing the real-world applications of 3D printing. Later, students were divided into small teams allowing each to experience a web-based interface with Tynker CAD. They spent jaw-dropping sessions maneuvering a handheld 3D scanner to create digital self-portraits for subsequent 3D printing. The students were in awe seeing solid objects like a key chain and a toy alien printed being printed right in front of their eyes in real time. To finish off the day, Mr. Castanos discussed potential career paths in 3D printing.
“I think it’s incredibly important to get students out of the classroom,” said Jerry Castanos, 3D Heights Founder. “There’s a huge boom of technology and there has always been a lot of innovation in NYC and for the kids to see it hands-on gives them an idea of what they’re studying for. Lots of times the kids might not see the purpose of it and showing them firsthand might give them the proper motivation.”
The Community Corps, NPower’s skills-based volunteering program, created this customized Careers in Technology site visit (AKA best field trip ever) to help open up the minds of these students. Using digital technology to create three-dimensional solid objects from a digital model, 3D printing is poised to transform manufacturing as we know it today. This is due to its lower costs, lower risks and greater efficiency than traditional manufacturing. Medical facilities around the world have already adopted 3D printing in the creation of prosthetic limbs and disability equipment for patients while experimentation has begun on synthesizing functional replacement organs for transplanting.
“This technology is part of the future,” said Brianna Harrison, Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction student. “You can use it for organs to benefit the sick, for architecture and every career path. It’s really amazing. When you’re on this field trip, you get the information, but you can also ask questions. You really get to experience it and know what you want to do in the future.”
NPower and its skills-based volunteering program, The Community Corps, teamed up with Beal Bank and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to help improve technology capacities at nonprofits and schools across Dallas County in 2015. More than 300 computers were donated in total, valued at more than $100,000.
Over the holidays and into the month of January, distribution of the free computers began to nonprofits and schools serving low to moderate-income individuals and neighborhoods. The grant applications were individually assessed by volunteers from The Community Corps to ensure the computers reach those in the community who need them most. The Community Corps Beal Bank Tech Grant recipients include high-impact nonprofits like:
- Beacon Hill
- Childcare Group
- City Square
- Communities in School
- Edge Education
- Heart House
- Jewish Family Service, Greater Dallas
- Jubilee Park and Community Center
- Legal Hospice of Texas
- Liberty and Trinity
- Refugee Services of Texas
- Resource Center of Dallas
“We were especially moved by the applications submitted by Beacon Hill and Kids U. Both address the vastly unmet needs of underserved students and help provide them with access to technology,” said Kris Falvo, NPower’s North Texas Regional Director. She added, “These nonprofits are excellent examples of local community partners who focus on bringing students up to grade level and by providing these kids better access to technology which can increase learning in STEM-related coursework.”
Monday marked another proud moment in the history of NPower. We are inspired and honored to enroll forty-one veterans (15 from the Army, 12 from Air Force, 8 from Navy, and 6 Marines) into our Technology Service Corps San Francisco Bay Area program at our new offices at the College of San Mateo.
Our new San Francisco Bay Area program follows a similar tech training curriculum as our other veterans-focused initiative in North Texas; however this program extended our age restrictions beyond our typical 21-40 years old. Additionally, we have two tracks at this office: AM Session focusing on IT and a PM session focusing on Healthcare IT. Both tracks include technical classes, mentoring from business leaders, paid apprenticeships and career development workshops at leading corporations and nonprofits, industry-recognized certifications as well as employment and alumni services. The afternoon session will have guaranteed apprenticeship placement at a major Bay Area healthcare organization.
Class 1 Student Factoids:
- 4 female students enrolled (one served as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot)
- Ages range from 20’s to 60’s (mean age: 37)
- Represent cross-section of the Bay Area (from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, from San Mateo to Tracy)
- Served in the following theaters: War in Afghanistan, Iraq War, Gulf War, Vietnam War
Veteran workforce development services are in critical need with approximately 50,000 veterans age 17-44 living in the San Francisco Bay Area. We recognize that the top five challenges facing returning veterans today include: unemployment, devastating wounds, mental health, homelessness and the need for continued education. With the abundant resources of the Silicon Valley thriving technology community and the needs of California unemployed veterans, NPower San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be a true conduit for success.
Back by popular demand, The Community Corps, NPower's skills-based volunteering program, is offering another round of FREE workshops centered around how nonprofits can best leverage free or highly discounted Google tools.
Please join us to learn more about how Google products can make your nonprofit do more good.
We will kick off with a brief overview of the Community Corps before Google Program Manager Tanuja Gupta jumps into the Google for Nonprofits and YouTube for Nonprofits program. In this workshop, participants will learn how to:
Attract more donors, volunteers and members with Google Grants and Adwords
Collaborate on documents, share files and safely back up your data using Google Apps
Work more efficiently with coworkers remotely in office, distributed staff
Drive supporters to specific calls to action
Track visitors and improve your website by discovering Google Analytics
New to the cloud? Come discover how this technology can transform your nonprofit!
About the Presenter:
Tanuja Gupta is a Program Manager with Google, driving the adoption of Google tools by nonprofits across the country to increase organizations' mission capacity. Her team provides individualized technology consulting to nonprofits to help them operate with maximum efficiency and efficacy. Tanuja also runs her own nonprofit for the homeless community (Watch Over Me), tutors math and reading to middle school students with Top Honors and Books & Breakfast, and actively works with the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
Last month, NPower Canada’s inaugural class of Technology Service Corps Toronto students visited our partners at Cisco Canada in the heart of downtown Toronto’s vibrant business district. Our students received a warm and enthusiastic welcome. Bernadette Wightman, the newly appointed CEO of Cisco Canada, began the morning with an inspiring and energizing presentation, and also had a special surprise in store for our students.
Ms. Wightman awarded complimentary platinum VIP seats for the Toronto Raptors basketball game that weekend to the seven students with the best attendance records in the program. This made the other students think twice about ever missing class again. Our instructor Karim Waljee, who had perfect attendance mind you, got a free ticket as well. As you can imagine, our students aged 18-25, were absolutely thrilled and very appreciative of this opportunity.
After Ms. Wightman offered her advice and encouragement to the class, our students divided into three groups and received customized tours of Cisco’s high-tech headquarters, including their future-focused product showcases and state-of-the-art server rooms where a few lucky students will be interning this spring! The students then reassembled in the conference room for a panel discussion with a diverse group of Cisco employees who spoke with the class about their own career journeys.
Among the many insights shared, key takeaways included:
- the importance of networking (with people, not just with computers)
- the power of persistence (especially in the face of rejection)
- replacing “failure” with “learning opportunity” in our vocabularies
The morning concluded with an informal networking lunch generously catered by Cisco. NPower Canada staff were proud to see our students put their newly acquired networking skills into practice, conversing confidently with Cisco employees and making a great impression with their professionalism and positivity. After the visit, one of our students reported back, “I came out of that building with more motivation then ever!” Another student commented how, “Cisco is a company I can see myself working for and enjoying the experience.”
A very special thank you to our partners at Cisco Canada for leading such an inspiring and engaging day. And stay tuned for more posts about upcoming NPower Canada site visits to partners like Accenture, LinkedIn Canada and Virgin Mobile.
This MLK Day, we are so proud to be participating in the National Day of Service along with all of our mentor across North America. With mentoring month in full swing, we're hearing amazing stories of transformative encounters from the front lines. While National Mentoring Month only spans 30 days, the movement to empower young people to achieve their potential and use technology to change their world is a year-round continuous endeavor.
We’d like to take a moment to recognize the tireless efforts of mentors, whose generosity of spirit, wisdom, and time donated is admirable and worthy of our gratitude.
The Community Corps has connected over 800 volunteers to mentoring programs around the country, generating over 11,000 hours of engagement, in an effort to close the tech skills gap. Through these programs, mentees receive face-to-face access to STEM professionals, where they learn about STEM careers and are inspired to continue their STEM educations. The need is vast, but the impact is undeniable.
Mentors have made a significant impact over the last year and there are many outstanding examples that illustrate the transformative effect mentoring can have on everyone involved. As you know, there will be eight million STEM jobs in the U.S. by 2018. Furthermore, 80 percent of the fastest growing U.S. occupations require STEM skills. To address this need, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is working with local school districts across the United States and Canada to increase middle and high school aged children’s interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related fields through its signature goIT program, including New York’s Chelsea Career & Technical Education (CTE) High School.
“By mentoring young students, TCS volunteers provide them a pathway from education to careers.” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, Tata Consultancy Services. “It is a testament to our culture of volunteerism, and strong community engagement; offering an industry led solution to an important national issue of STEM education.”
The 2014 TCS goIT summer camp program at Chelsea CTE was an in-depth technology oriented series of workshops culminating in a parent/student award ceremony reception. For three days, students gained experience with the latest programming languages, received exposure to the global IT environment and worked with programmable robots in a relaxed and informative environment, all under the guidance of volunteer mentors with professional qualifications in IT and STEM. TCS partnered with Morgan Stanley at Chelsea CTE to expand the scope of mentors available to teach and inspire the students.
In 2014, TCS’ goIT program attracted more than 1,800 new students, expanding from three to 12 cities across North America and training over 350 new employee volunteers, resulting in 20,000+ hours of high-impact skill building and CS programming for students, including those from under served groups, minorities and girls. In New York, the partnership with Morgan Stanley added a new dynamic to the program, allowing motivated volunteers the opportunity to plug directly into an existing mentoring infrastructure with a proven model. This made volunteering more accessible to qualified mentors and allowed the program to serve a greater number of students.
“There is no other opportunity more effective for our students to become career and college ready than for them to hear first-hand how their in-class learning has real world meaning,” said Robert Mitchell, Assistant Principal, Chelsea Career & Technical Education High School.
This example is just one of many in a long list of powerful examples celebrating corporation’s collaboration with nonprofits and schools in order to make a positive impact on society through mentoring.
Thank you mentors, for your partnership. We are proud of what we are building together and know that we would not be where we are today without your dedication. We look forward to continuing our worktogether to provide more students with the support they need to advance in the STEM and tech fields.
So excited to see our students return to our Brooklyn NPower classroom today as they report back on their first week of internships. Our young adults will get real-world, hands-on experience in the fast-paced world of cyber security. Their internship placements are with some of today's leading experts in the field from top companies like:
- Bank of America
- Morgan Stanley
- New York Times
- Marathon Consulting
- TD Ameritrade
With the skills and confidence acquired from Network+, Security+ and Linux+ exam preparation, our students are set up for real success as they intern with internal divisions like the Networking Security Team, Security Operations Center, Data Loss and Prevention, and work side-by-side with Security Analysts.
Join us in wishing them good luck and we can't wait until graduation commencement, set for March 23 (look out for the invitation in your inbox).
For National Mentoring Month this year, The Community Corps is joining forces with our nonprofit and school partners to bring a multitude of STEM mentoring volunteer opportunities onto our platform. The Community Corps volunteers have regularly voiced a preference for STEM education opportunities. This whole month, we will be sharing these opportunities with our skilled tech volunteer network in our corporate partners and our professional association partners. Our goal is to have a wide regional spread across North America, with a focus on New York City, Chicago, North Texas, San Francisco Bay Area and Toronto.
In 2014, The Community Corps and our Tech volunteers gave over 20,000 hours in support of closing the Tech Skills gap – for Women, Nonprofits, Schools, Individuals and Veterans. Over 65% of all of our volunteering efforts are targeted at STEM education. In 2014, The Community Corps Volunteers donated over 7,000 hours to directly support the advancement of Women and Girls in STEM and Tech fields.
This year, our focus on Women and Girls in STEM / Tech will continue. We will continue our support to NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, Iridescent and Technovation Challenge. We will expand our work with the New York City Department of Education and schools across the nation to provide inspiring speakers to young women so that they can achieve their potential and use technology to change their world.
Help us reach those who can benefit from the power of having a mentor.
As many millenials know today, just getting through the door is hard enough. But add to that having a resume that doesn't have ivy on it or even a traditional educational background. That's a situation many of our students are faced with before enrolling into NPower's free tech skills program, Technology Service Corps.
Fortunately, 44 percent of tech ecosystem jobs don’t require a bachelor’s degree, which Marathon Consulting is more than aware of, given their recruitment strategies. Based in the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, Marathon is focused on helping small- and medium-sized businesses optimize efficiency through innovative IT consulting and solutions. In terms of their hiring practices, they strive to uncover talent that may have gone overlooked—and providing opportunities to deserving youth is in their DNA.
This is where NPower comes in. Marathon has not only taken paid interns from our Technology Service Corps program, but also they have hired our graduates as full-time employees. Take for example, Technology Service Corps alums, Eric St. Jean, Matthew Thomas, and Alex Welch. They grew up together, attending the same junior high school, playing video games, and working at Starbucks. They also had one more thing in common – the determination to succeed as technology professionals after graduation. “The Three Musketeers,” as the group is sometimes called, all enrolled in NPower with hopes of launching a career in New York’s thriving tech community.
Eric was the first of the Musketeers to get his big break at Marathon. Brian Kingsley, Director of Technical Services at Marathon Consulting, was looking for capable job candidates when he found Eric. While he lacked the traditional “2+ years of experience resume,” Eric made up for it with an impressive work ethic and commitment to expanding his skillset. Based on his success at Marathon, Eric encouraged his other fellow-alums to apply at the company as well.
“They all had more certifications, experience, and knowledge on their first day than a lot of the other candidates who did not go through NPower. They are great employees, more than I was looking for withtheir level of dedication and willingness to try anything,” said Brian Kingsley, Director of Technical Services at Marathon Consulting.
Marathon earned a spot on the 2014 edition of the Inc. 5000 and was recently named one of the 30 best places to work in New York City tech by Internet Week.
There were a lot of Future CEOs and Future CTOs in the audience that evening. Seventy-six young adults graduated from NPower’s Technology Service Corps New York, an innovative technology job training program focused on helping underserved youth across the five boroughs in New York City.
The Broadway offices of Morgan Stanley here in New York hosted the graduation commencement and Brian Vaske, President of Incandescent Technologies, Inc delivered a moving commencement speech that certainly sparked an entrepreneurial flame in the minds of graduates. Several awards for excellence during the program were given out to Class 33 by NPower corporate underwriters. Congratulations to the following graduates:
- Citi Principle of Ingenuity Award: Deshawn Nelson & Lynn-Marie Rodriguez
- Bank of America Trust the Team Award: Jonathan Sinclair & Tatiana Simmons
- Morgan Stanley Leadership Award: Tommy Flinch & Rafael Torres
- Symantec Connecting to the World Award: Jennifer Menjivar & Sean Haythe
Another highlight of the evening was the speech delivered by Lisette DeJesus, Class 33 Brooklyn graduate commencement speaker. She closed her speech by telling her fellow students:
"You can do whatever it is you’d like to do in this world so long as you believe you can too. Take things one step at a time, try not to put unnecessary obstacles in your way, rise to the challenges put before you, and if you fall off track, bounce right back on the path to your goals. As for what that path entails, everyone’s is different, but from what I've observed, I believe there are some universal truths that can help ensure that you achieve all of your dreams. So if you really want to guarantee your success, (and you should really want to) I say give 100% of yourself to everything you do in life; know that you have so much to offer the world, and the world has a lot to offer you too; remain open-minded; never stop educating yourself; and last but not least, always try to do the right thing."
Do you think you have what it takes to be in the red-hot cyber security industry? Our 16 NPower students have been enrolled in the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) program since September and come from all over New York City. They are now going through final preparations for the last stage of our program where they embark on hands-on internships at leading corporations like Bank of America, CBS, Citi, KPMG, Marathon Consulting, Morgan Stanley, and TD Ameritrade. That also means prepping for some additional certifications and exams like the CompTIA Security+ 401.
This Hyperlapse video reveals the handwritten study guide for the exam that our students wrote on our whiteboards here at NPower’s Brooklyn, NY classroom. The students also hosted a study group for 3 weeks where they basically locked themselves in a room and did some hardcore studying. As you can see, they jotted down all the information they could on Security. However, it was not only the content for the exam that needed to be learned, but sheer test taking skills. All told, they spent over 360 hours preparing for this particular exam.
“Preparation for this exam was very tedious due to the way they ask the questions on the exam. It’s 50% knowledge and 50% test taking skill,” said Ashley Williamson, SC3 Brooklyn student.
So far, 12 out of the 16 students have taken this exam and have passed it. The other 4 are taking the exam over the holidays. Next on list, is sitting for the CompTIA Linux+ certification. Rockstar student, Patrick Roserie (you may remember him as our 1st student to pass the Network+ test on Day 8), already passed part of the Linux+ certification exam setting the precedent for the others.
"Its about raising the bar and doing more than what is required. You can't be complacent in this industry.
You need to evolve with technology, otherwise YOU will be the thing that is outdated," exclaimed Patrick Roserie, SC3 Brooklyn student.
Four new sections were recently added to the Security+ 401 exam to cover cloud computing, incident response, mobile devices and network-enabled devices that could accidentally become part of your network. Two more new sections increase coverage of physical security and application of the “CIA triad” (confidentiality, integrity and availability). In addition to these six new sections, dozens of other changes were made to existing sections to cover evolving malware, business continuity, big data, secure file transfer and other issues.
Attention hiring managers at recently hacked corporations and organizations, our students will graduate on March 25, 2015 so reach out TODAY to Mohanchand.Raghbeer@npower.org.
We are so proud of our latest class of veterans who graduated from our Technology Service Corps program in North Texas. It was a packed house Wednesday evening with twenty-nine graduates, their families and friends filling the hall at JPMorgan Chase & Company in Dallas. Attendees of this year’s commencement were treated to addresses by many leading voices in the veterans community, including Janet Ware, Vice President, Communications Manager Military and Veterans Affairs, JPMorgan Chase & Company. One of the biggest attractions of the evening, besides watching the looks on the graduates faces when they received their certificates, was Dave Saba, President and Director of Siblings Group Holdings.
Mr. Saba is very active in the local veterans community and shared a lot of appreciation and wisdom for our veterans as they embark on a new journey, now equipped with the technical skills from our program. Saba told the graduates, "try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value," quoted from Albert Einstein. He also added, "it is far easier to take a highly motivated, hard working leader and make him a banker than it is to make a banker a highly motivated hard working leader."
Executives from NPower partnering companies and foundations presented the following awards to this year’s class of graduating veterans:
- TD Ameritrade Commitment to Excellence Award: Curtis J. LeBlanc, II, U.S. Army Reserves
- Citi Innovation Award: Byron J. Cooper, U.S. Air Force
- Cognizant Serving Those Who Serve Award: Luke Lu, U. S. Marine Corps
- JPMC Leadership and Community Service Award: Marvin Grant, U.S. Army
- United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Performance Award: Jimmy Jimenez: U.S. Army
NYC Department of Education Career and Technical Education High Schools (CTE) with programs in information technology now have access to a vast network of tech executives at industry-leaders like
Goldman Sachs, Tata Consultancy or at innovative NYC companies like MongoDB and 3D Heights. This is now possible via the new partnership with the nationally acclaimed nonprofit NPower and its skills-based volunteerism platform, The Community Corps, which helps schools recruit volunteers from the tech sector.
By working together, we will reach between 5,500 and 8,000 students in 2015. Engaging with tech mentors via these in-classroom Career Days can help students understand that a tech career is within their reach and helps offer students a brighter future.
The Community Corps will function as the online volunteer recruitment service for ALL thirty-four CTE schools during the 2015 school year, streamlining the coordination process for School administrators and volunteers. Each CTE school is guaranteed at least one Career Day in 2015 and The Community Corps will provide 3 to 5 speakers at these engaging events. Advisory Board Volunteers, Panel Speakers and Career Site visits are also possible extensions of this partnership.
Nearly 100 students have already attended similar events in 2014; with Career Days at Chelsea High School, Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology, and Queens Vocational School for Technology. STEM engagements with middle and high school students are one of the most popular volunteer opportunities with The Community Corps. More than 1,000 NYC tech professionals have already signed up with The Community Corps and are eagerly waiting to participate in upcoming Career Days at your school.
“Cultivating and strengthening relationships between industrial partners and post-secondary institutions is our mission at Queens Vocational and The Community Corps at NPower made it all happen with just a click of a mouse,” said Nicole Zagada, Computer Technology Instructor & WBL Coordinator at Queens Vocational & Technical High School.
“The Community Corps at NPower enabled us to reach new groups of professionals, directly tied to our technology mission, to build a meaningful, diverse exchange of ideas at our school for Career Day,” added Ellen Hogarty, Partnership Coordinator at Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology.
NPower and CTE will select Career Speakers who are:
- Energized about speaking to High School students about their career and helping students assess their future options
- Willing to share experiences that demonstrate how they attained positions, how they attained mastery in STEM fields, and how they overcame obstacles such as paying for higher education or overcoming other roadblocks
- Connected to the tech or STEM ecosystem
- Experienced in a tech-related start-up, public-private partnership, nonprofit, or established company
Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Businesses, nonprofits, individuals and families around the world are coming together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.Here’s your chance to join the movement. Your support in 2014 helped NPower drive exceptional program growth, achievement and expansion.
Just ask the:
Hundreds of veterans and young adults who have received training this year from our Technology Service Corps skilled IT training program.
Thousands of schools and nonprofits across North America receiving direct help with their STEM education programming and critical technology needs from NPower's skilled volunteers in The Community Corps.
Watch our 2014 video and see all the lives we improved and help us do even more in 2015.
NPower gratefully thanks the Veterans, Young Adults, Nonprofits and Schools for allowing us to serve them everyday. It truly has been an amazing year and none of it could have been possible without the help of our Board of Directors, partnering companies, foundations, nonprofits, schools, and ultimately all our volunteers.
Take a look at all those who have really helped us make an impact this year.
Take a look inside of our NEW San Francisco Bay Area office at San Mateo College. Our latest location will serve San Francisco, Silicon Valley and East Bay’s Oakland and surrounding communities. Technology Service Corps classes are set to kick off in January 2015. The program will serve 100 veterans annually connecting students to apprenticeships and tech jobs in northern California.
Veteran workforce development services are in critical need with approximately 50,000 veterans age 17-44 living in the San Francisco Bay Area. We recognize that the top five challenges facing returning veterans today include: unemployment, devastating wounds, mental health, homelessness and the need for continued education. NPower’s holistic approach to programming addresses much of these challenges either directly or indirectly:
- access to a variety of support services, one-on-one
- counseling and an organizational cultural competency specific to the veteran population
- qualified veterans as members of NPower staff and employing a full-time social worker to monitor and respond to the individual needs veterans uniquely have
- focus on the needs of the whole veteran to successfully train and launch them into meaningful IT careers
We are partnering with the College of San Mateo, located in the heart of the region, to deliver our services through donated office and classroom space on campus. With the abundant resources of Silicon Valley’s thriving technology community and the needs of California’s unemployed veterans,NPower San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be a true conduit for success.
This holiday season, NPower and its skills-based volunteering program, The Community Corps, are collaborating with Beal Bank and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to help improve technology capacities at nonprofits and schools across Dallas County.
Earlier today, NPower North Texas and representatives from The Community Corps arrived at Beal Bank’s headquarters to finalize preparations for shipment of approximately $100,000 worth of computers generously donated by the bank. When the equipment arrives at NPower’s Dallas offices next week, the some 200 computers with dual monitor setups and 100 computers with single monitors will be given out for free in the form of tech grants to nonprofits and schools serving low- to moderate-income individuals and neighborhoods. The grant applications will be individually reviewed and rated by volunteers from The Community Corps to ensure the computers reach those in the community who need them most.
“Families in today’s world need access to modern technology to maximize their potential. By donating these computers, we hope to help prepare adults for better job opportunities and to help children as they take those all-important first steps toward accomplishing great things. With the help of the good people at NPower, we are investing in those who will lead our country into the future,” said Jacob Cherner, President of Beal Service Corporation, Beal Bank’s administrative affiliate.
The Community Corps is now accepting applications for the tech grants from qualified nonprofits and schools across Dallas County. Apply now and tell us how your organization can benefit from receiving these free computers. And if recipients need help setting up, they can register for free volunteer tech help from The Community Corps as well.
We are thrilled to announce that our first-ever NPower Canada Technology Service Corps class begins their coursework today! Thirty-one youth from the Toronto region are now in our downtown classroom, generously provided by Ryerson University, where they are beginning their preparation to launch successful careers in information technology. An impressive 37% of our students are women, considering how under-represented females are in the tech industry.
After fifteen weeks of free technical skills and professional development training, leading to their A+ certification, our students will complete 7-week paid internships, after which we will connect them to full-time, entry-level IT positions.
Our students have first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by today’s youth in gaining the skills and connections required to secure sustainable and rewarding employment. NPower Canada is here to help youth overcome barriers to employment by focusing on and building up their strengths, equipping them with the skills and knowledge most needed by the industry, and giving these bright, highly motivated young people a chance to shine.
We couldn’t do this alone, and thankfully, we have a growing network of fantastic partners committed to our students’ success. Our corporate partners include Accenture, Cisco, TD Bank and Virgin Mobile, and our community partners include ACCES Employment, CivicAction, Ryerson University and United Way Toronto. We are also very fortunate to have the support of the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation. Our partners’ diversity and cross-sector representation speaks to the potential for our city to come together to employ and empower our youth.
Stay tuned for frequent updates about our class and students! We’ll be posting pictures of students working hard in the classroom as well as photos and videos from their on-site visits with NPower Canada corporate partners. Look out for more info on cool new projects our students are working on and other great events in the weeks and months ahead.
In the meantime, above is our first official class photo, made up entirely of selfies from our inaugural class!
Please join our NPower Board of Directors, Technology Service Corps Advisory Council and proud staff in celebrating our 33rd class graduation. The commencement will be hosted for the second time in a row by our partners at Morgan Stanley.
- DATE: Monday, December 15, 2015
- CEREMONY: 5:30pm
- RECEPTION: 6:30pm
- LOCATION: Morgan Stanley - 1585 Broadway
RSVP is now closed. Look for our Class 34 graduation in June 2015!
Mark your calendars for our upcoming Technology Service Corps North Texas Graduation Commencement. We are so proud of our Armed-Services veterans, this being already our third class to graduate. Please join us at the commencement:
- DATE: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
- RECEPTION: 6:00pm
- CEREMONY: 7:00pm
- LOCATION: JPMorgan International Plaza - bldg II, Dallas Texas
RSVP is now closed. Look for our next Class 4 graduation in June 2015!
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A week ago today, the tech community came together to celebrate NPower’s social impact and acknowledge the outstanding support of current partners. This unprecedented network of corporate, nonprofit and educational partners gathered at Pier Sixty in New York City’s Chelsea Piers. Attendees heard from senior industry executives from NPower’s Board of Directors; which included WWT’s Matt Horner, Citi’s Richard M. Greenbaum, Morgan Stanley’s Moira Kilcoyne, NPower Board Chairman Dan Petrozzo, and Bank of America’s David Reilly.
The NPower 2014 Gala was attended by more than 650 senior technology leaders representing Fortune 500 companies and leading tech players in support of NPower’s work. The evening would not have been possible without the generous support of Cisco, EMC, VMware, KPMG (Platinum Sponsors) and Arista, Atos, Ernst and Young, HCL, NetApp, Polaris, ServiceNow, Wipro (Gold Sponsors). Such partnerships enable NPower to fulfill its mission to mobilize the tech community and provide individuals, nonprofits, and schools access and opportunity to build tech skills and achieve their potential.
Over the past five years, NPower has honored a who’s who of tech industry CEOs at these galas. This prestigious list includes John Chambers (Cisco), Joe Tucci (EMC), Marc Benioff (Salesforce), Bill McDermott (SAP), Tom Georgens (NetApp) and Mike Gregoire (CA Technologies). This year, NPower honored Guy Chiarello, President, First Data Corporation, and former NPower Board Member.
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NPower and its skilled-based volunteering program, The Community Corps, is collaborating with its partners at Symantec and Google on three high-impact workshops in New York City and Dallas as part of Pro Bono Week 2014. The workshops address timely topics for nonprofits and will provide these organizations with valuable tech skills that will vastly improve their operations. Follow along across social media via #PBW14.
“Since its founding, NPower has been focused on helping nonprofits use technology more effectively to do more social good,” said Stephanie Cuskley, CEO of NPower. “We designed The Community Corps to give nonprofits and schools access to highly skilled tech volunteers to help increase their impact on the communities they serve. The Symantec and Google workshops we’ve created for Pro Bono Week 2014 exemplify the quality and expertise we deliver to our partnering organizations.”
Cybersecurity for Nonprofits Workshop: Wednesday Oct. 22nd from 9:00 am- 10:30 am
The Community Corps has teamed up with industry-leading experts from Symantec’s cybersecurity unit to guide nonprofit attendees through the basic cybersecurity essentials. This interactive workshop will explore best practices all nonprofits should have in place to ensure adequate security, focusing on the following:
- Threat Awareness and Countermeasures
- Donor / Member Data and protection
- Cloud Storage and Mobile Security
Space is limited; register here and to learn how to get free software for your nonprofit via the Symantec Software Donation Program, apply at techsoup.org/symantec.
Cybersecurity for Nonprofits: Thursday Oct. 23rd from 11:30 am- 12:30 pm
The Community Corps has teamed up with industry-leading experts from Symantec’s cybersecurity unit to guide nonprofit attendees through the basic cybersecurity essentials. This interactive workshop will explore best practices all nonprofits should have in place to ensure adequate security, focusing on the following
• Threat Awareness and Countermeasures
• Donor / Member Data and protection
• Cloud Storage and Mobile Security
Space is limited; register at probonodaynyc.org and learn how to get free software for your nonprofit via the Symantec Software Donation Program by applying at techsoup.org/symantec.
Intro to Google for Nonprofits: Oct. 23rd from 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm
The Google for Nonprofits program offers nonprofit organizations access to free or highly discounted tools that can help them improve their efficacy. The Community Corps helped design this hands-on workshop so nonprofits will be set up for success to utilize Google’s full suite of apps to address the following popular topics:
• Attract more donors, volunteers and members with Google Grants and Adwords
• Collaborate on documents, share files and safely back up your data using Google Apps
• Work more efficiently with coworkers remotely in office, distributed staff
• Drive supporters to specific calls to action
• Track visitors and improve your website by discovering Google Analytics
Registration is now closed. Sign up for other workshops at: npower.org/Our-Programs/HandsOn-Tech.aspx
Today marks the launch of NPower Canada, which will provide youth with proven, no-cost training for skilled, in-demand information technology jobs. In addition, there will be a skills-based volunteering & mentoring program connecting tech professionals with high-impact charities and innovative education partners to inspire youth to pursue tech careers - ultimately building the IT capacity of the sector. NPower Canada is joining one of its founding partners, CivicAction, in their ground-breaking efforts to connect more youth in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton Area (GTHA) with meaningful and sustainable employment. CivicAction launched its new initiative Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers at a press conference earlier today.
NPower Canada will work with a wide variety of leading corporate and community partners, including Accenture, ACCES Employment, Cisco, Michael P Clemons Foundation, Ryerson University, and TD Bank.
"We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to work with such industry-leading partners. Through this initiative, Canadian corporate tech players are joining with their community partners to equip Toronto's youth with the tech and professional skills, as well as the access and opportunity, to achieve career success" – CEO, Stephanie Cuskley.
Youth unemployment in Toronto stands above 20%, among the highest in Canada , with nearly a quarter of jobless youth reporting that their biggest barrier to employment is a lack of marketable skills. Simultaneously, two-thirds of Canadian CEOs report skills shortages, and 106,000 additional IT workers must be hired by 2016 to meet industry demand. By connecting employers with trained young talent, NPower Canada will help build a more productive and prosperous city where everyone succeeds.
“I have been fortunate to work in the technology sector for over 20 years, and know that the ability to access training and skills development opportunities is essential for success. Cisco is proud to support NPower Canada in their effort to bring these much needed services to at-risk and underserved young adults in Toronto, enabling program participants the chance at sustainable, rewarding careers,” –Jeffrey Maddox, Vice President, SP Sales, Cisco Canada and NPower Canada Board Member.
Starting this November, NPower Canada will deliver its Technology Service Corps Canada program to 25 Toronto-area youth at Ryerson University’s downtown Toronto campus. Ryerson has generously provided NPower Canada with office space and a state-of-the-art classroom, while TD Bank has kindly donated equipment to help the students achieve and excel.
NPower's annual gala will be held again this year at New York City's famed Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. This "Evening of Powerful Connections" is our marquis networking event and serves not only as an excellent opportunity to network and build relationships with today's technology corporate leaders, but also to learn more about the lives we are impacting every day through our two programs: The Community Corps and Technology Service Corps. Today we are proud to announce our 2014 Honoree: Guy Chiarello, President, First Data Corporation. Check out our video to learn more about Guy Chiarello's indispensable contributions to NPower.
Learn more about attending or sponsorship opportunities by emailing Malika.Guillaume@npower.org or by visiting our Gala 2014 Sponsorship Page.
NPower Annual Summer Retreat
Earlier this month, NPower employees from our New York City headquarters as well as those in our Brooklyn and Harlem offices gathered to celebrate all that it means to be part of NPower. Over food, games and activities, members from all the different divisions of NPower New York were divided into teams for some friendly competition.
It was wonderful seeing the range of personalities and backgrounds all in one place, catching up and even working together on team-building exercises (look for the photos of the egg race and Lego-building competition).
Watching members from each NPower team mingle, play games and laugh with each other, it’s easy to see how one intern and Technology Service Corps alumni, Jamie Felix, explained it this way: “NPower makes me feel like I’m wanted.” CEO Stephanie Cuskley summed up her takeaways from the day like this: “I love working at NPower because I love the people I work with everyday – and I love our mission, which is helping people to be the best they can be. Both things are incredibly energizing – and a great reason to get out of bed in the morning.”
Learn more about what we do by watching our video and check out our open employment opportunities.
New Leaders Join NPower's Board of Directors
NPower is proud to announce 4 new senior executives to NPower's Board of Directors
Managing Director Global Head of CTI, Citigroup
Co-Head of Global Technology and Data, Morgan Stanley
Partner, TCC Group
Managing Director, Technology Infrastructure, Bank of America
As respected leaders in their fields each individual brings a wealth of experience, expertise and passion to NPower’s mission to mobilize the tech community to drive social good and provide individuals, nonprofits and schools access and opportunity to build tech skills and achieve their potential. We are thrilled to have their support, engagement and advocacy and look forward to working with each of them.
NPower would also like to express its deepest thanks and gratitude to Jon Beyman of Citigroup as he steps down from the NPower board after 4 years of invaluable service. With Jon’s leadership and support, Citigroup has become an integral NPower partner helping to launch our North Texas office, pilot the Technology Service Corps veteran IT training program, host internships, employ Technology Service Corps students and engage his technology teams in skilled tech volunteering through The Community Corps. Jon has been an inspiration to everyone at NPower and we will miss him.
"We’re fortunate to have a board of such high-caliber talent and vision, which will help us expand our programs to reach those populations in need of technology expertise,” said Stephanie Cuskley, NPower’s CEO. “We are at an extremely exciting time in NPower’s history and we can’t wait to work closely with our board and clients to continue to do more in the communities we serve.”
Learn more about getting engaged with our programs and becoming a corporate partner.
NPower’s skills-based volunteering program, The Community Corps, recently partnered with Citi to provide technology assistance to a group of seven New York based nonprofits. More than thirty-five Citi employees from the Institutional Clients Group (ICG) and Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) Technology team volunteered their time and expertise to provide technology solutions for a variety of problems the nonprofits were facing. It was the first time Citi had conducted a Citi Skills Marathon focused exclusively on technology solutionas.
During the day-long event, teams of Citi consultants were paired with nonprofit partners to address a specific technology challenge. The teams started by gaining a thorough understanding of the organization, its mission and its issues. Each Citi team then crafted a solution tailored to its partner, taking into account budget, timing and the often limited resources available. Demonstrating their commitment and passion, several Citi teams offered to continue assisting the nonprofits on a pro-bono basis until the recommended solutions could be implemented. NPower would like to warmly thank all the Citi employees who dedicated their time and effort to helping local nonprofits succeed.
Local nonprofit participants:
- The Art Council Inc.
- Every Day a Miracle
- Equality Now
- Community Voices Heard
- Red Hook Volunteers
- Voices Unbroken
- Prep for Prep
“The event has been an amazing experience, much more than I could have imagined. When I saw the five options of what kind of data assistance you could get today, reporting and data management was a big one for us. These guys have blown my mind just with what I’ve learned I can do with data today. And that’s on top of the long list that I’ve compiled of what I can do with data. I’m almost too excited to eat, we’ve got all this information!” – Tashonda Haugabrook, Red Hook Volunteers
Find out how your company can also volunteer to help make an impact in your community. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org today.
NPower has expanded its partnership with Symantec as cybersecurity has become a pervasive responsibility for everyone who works and lives on the Internet. Launched at the Clinton Global Initiative earlier today, the new Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) combines Symantec's commitment to serving young adults and their expertise in cybersecurity with NPower's proven model for training and placing undeserved young adults in career opportunities.
The twenty-six week program in New York City will prepare students to obtain industry-recognized CompTIA Network+, Security+ and Ethical Hacker certifications and permanent employment to ultimately help fill the IT security field talent gap.
'Our mission is to provide access and opportunity to undeserved young adults through our proven tech and professional skills program," said Stephanie Cuskley, CEO of NPower. "By expanding our existing partnership with Symantec, our New York City program will prepare these talented young adults to obtain the relevant certifications and gain the expertise to work in the growing IT security field."
Visit npower.org/SymantecC3 to learn more and find the full press release or follow the conversation on Twitter via #SymantecC3.
Writing on Facebook's Wall
A couple Fridays before graduation, about twenty Technology Service Corps New York students from Class 32 were invited to meet with executives at Facebook and take a tour of their NYC offices in Astor Place. Those lucky students had their phones out and ready, snapping selfies around Facebook's dynamic working space, all-you-can-snack kitchen, and of course adding their own post to the Facebook Wall. In addition to the tour, students got smart career advice from Facebook's Corey Neufville and Franklyna Gabriel. Franklyna actually got her start at Facebook as an IT intern and spoke about ways she established herself as an invaluable asset to the company. Here's some of the advice that was shared that morning:
- "Treat your internship like a six-month interview."
- "Make sure they always see you working."
- "Look for something to do. There's always something wrong somewhere."
- "Our [IT helpdesk] main goal is prevention."
- "We [IT helpdesk] are essentially the resident psychologists."
Check out our video and hear about the visit first hand from our students! Think your organization would be an awesome place for our students to visit?
Technology Service Corps New York Graduates Class 32
Last night, sixty-six young adults graduated from NPower’s Technology Service Corps New York, an innovative technology job training program focused on helping undeserved youth. Our corporate partners recognized our top graduates with the following prestigious awards:
- Accenture High Performance Award: Malik Felix (Brooklyn), Samuel Rojas (Harlem)
- Bank of America Trust the Team Award: Oneil Watson (Brooklyn), Jordan Freeman (Harlem)
- CA Technologies Visionary Women Award: Renee Ford (Brooklyn), Kris-Ann McKoy (Harlem)
- Citi Principle of Ingenuity: Binal Patel (Brooklyn), Markeen Watson (Harlem)
- Deloitte Shared Values Award: Isiah Cruz (Brooklyn), Munni Akhtar (Harlem)
- Ernst & Young Young Entrepreneur Award: Johnny Brazoban (Brooklyn), Dante Crayton (Harlem)
- Symantec Connecting the World Award: Armani Green (Brooklyn), Ryan Tolliver (Harlem)
- TD Ameritrade Better Way Award: Edward Sanchez (Brooklyn), Hector Oropeza (Harlem)
Ceremonies began at 6:30 p.m. at the New York offices of the commencement host Morgan Stanley.
Moira Kilcoyne, Co-head of Global Technology and Data for Morgan Stanley, joined NPower’s Board of Directors earlier this year and delivered the commencement address. She remarked, “NPower’s mission of developing technology professionals is incredibly similar to the goal we have at Morgan Stanley of building the best and brightest talent. I’m thrilled that our two organizations are working together to have real impact on society.”
Stephanie Cuskley, NPower Chief Executive Officer shared, “On behalf of NPower’s Board of Directors, staff and many partners, Class 32 marks our continued commitment and passion for helping young adults across New York City get a new career trajectory in technology. The success of our Technology Service Corps program is a great example of the tech community coming together to help young people and veterans achieve brighter futures through careers in the tech industry, which is the core of NPower’s mission.”
Couldn't make it? Watch our graduation video highlights and see the difference the Technology Service Corps can make.
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Celebrating Our Technology Service Corps Dallas Graduates Class 2 of Armed-Forces Veterans
Thank you to everyone who joined us last night in celebration of NPower’s second Technology Service Corps Dallas commencement hosted by Chase.
We are so proud of the thirty-seven armed-forces veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who graduated from our Technology Service Corps Dallas, an innovative veteran-focused technology job training program. Retired General Robin Akin delivered a powerful and inspiring commencement address and told our graduates, “You’ve been given more skills, keep learning and growing. The country will be stronger for it.”
Stephanie Cuskley, NPower Chief Executive Officer shared earlier, “On behalf of NPower’s Board of Directors, staff and many partners, we are thrilled to be working so closely with the Dallas community. The success of our Technology Service Corps program is a great example of the tech community coming together to help young people and veterans achieve brighter futures through careers in the tech industry, which is the core of NPower’s mission.”
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Save the Date: Class 32 NY Graduation Commencement
Please join our proud Dallas Armed-Forces veterans & their families for NPower's second Dallas Technology Service Corps commencement.
- Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
- Ceremony: 6:30pm
- Reception: 7:30pm
- Location: JPMorgan International Plaza - Building II, Fountain View Auditorium, 3rd Floor, 14221 Dallas Parkway, Dallas ,Texas
FoundationConnect Acquired by roundCorner, Inc
UPDATE: NPower’s industry-leading cloud Grants Management Application for nonprofits was acquired by roundCorner, Inc. a leading provider of cloud based nonprofit fundraising and donor engagement solutions backed by salesforce.com. The transaction was completed on May 15, 2014.
In a 2011 national study of online grantmaking systems, FoundationConnect was recognized for offering excellent capabilities in ease of use, customizability, budgeting, reporting, training and support.
“After conducting a thorough review and engaging in discussions with a variety of key stakeholders, the NPower board has placed its confidence in roundCorner. Before starting this process, I could not have envisioned a better outcome for our foundation clients. roundCorner has the expertise and capability to take FoundationConnect to the next level” - Stephanie Cuskley, NPower CEO
Geek is Chic – New York Life Workshop
The Community Corps led a “Technology Women in Action” event called Geek is Chic at New York Life. The initiative invited high school girls from Digital Ready (a New York City Department of Education initiative) Schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx to participate in a workshop with women professionals to illustrate in a hands-on way, the range of technical careers available. Break-out groups met with five different departments within New York Life's headquarters where girls learned about careers in tech audit, PR and Communications and IT. Twenty executives from New York Life in addition to lunch panel discussions were held with five Tech Sales reps from SAP and EMC. The students enjoyed an in-depth visit to New York Life's in-house TV/Film studio where the girls learned about:
- Web site development and social media
- Graphic design and advance sales presentations
- Filming advertising
- Editing film
- Server and distribution management of video
- Managing studio during filming
Participants: Digital Ready Schools (30 female high school students, grades 10-11)
- AOIT – Academy of Innovative Technology, Brooklyn
- BIHS – Brooklyn International High School, Brooklyn
- BASE – Bronx Academy of Software Engineering, Bronx
“Today has been a huge inspiration because it actually changed my mind of where I want to be in the future because I thought I wanted to be in the Army doing health, but I think now I actually want to do camerawork because I’m interested in taking pictures. I met a lot of different people who came from a lot of different directions and they inspire me because sometimes I feel like I’m not going to be able to make it, but that most of them had the same issues as me and they still made their way and found the direction they wanted to be in and I think this might be a choice in my future.” - 11th Grader at Brooklyn’s Academy of Innovative Technology
Coming Together for NPower Jazz 2014
Can you believe that NPower Jazz 2014 was over a week ago already? We've now heard many times that people felt "transported" by the beautiful venue and of course, by Grammy award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Those of you who could not join us, you can search our #NPowerJazz14 hashtag across social media to get a sense of the excitement of that memorable evening.
This amazing benefit would not have been possible without the help of our sponsors, partners and friends who support NPower’s mission to mobilize the tech community and provide individuals, nonprofits and schools access and opportunity to build tech skills and achieve their potential.
Thank you for joining us and we look forward to collaborating throughout the rest of 2014.
March is Women's History Month!
Every March, Women's History Month is celebrated around the world, highlighting the contributions of women to history and contemporary society. And although we've made great strides in closing the gender gap in the workplace - women now make up 48% of the United States workforce - they form only 24% of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce. This statistic that has held constant for nearly a decade, even while this sector has been growing three times faster than average. These numbers mean that women are not fully participating in the tech boom – not starting companies, not building apps, not becoming millionaires and not having their voices heard at the same rate as men.
Why haven’t things changed?
Based on research to date, many women often cite uncomfortable classroom experiences and workplace climate. One company taking action is New York Life. Senior women from New York Life’s IT group have partnered with NPower’s Community Corps and the New York City Department of Education to sponsor a Tech Career Day for high school girls. Thirty young women from two Digital Ready High Schools, Academy of Innovative Technology (AOIT) and Bronx Academy of Software Engineering (BASE), will visit New York Life’s headquarters, interact with senior IT leaders, and see female IT leaders in action. Gaining real-world experience and conversing with women who are leaders in their organizations can counter stereotypes and free someone to achieve a fulfilling and transformative career.
You too can get involved in helping young women pursue their dreams.
Through our Community Corps program, we have connected to hundreds of nonprofits and education partners that are looking for talented professionals like you who want to help people achieve their potential. Be a role model, be a virtual awards judge or serve as a part-time communications manager for an after school tech program. Opportunities are out there. Won’t you join in?
Announcing Our Partnership with Million Women Mentors
Women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce, but just 24% are in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields – a statistic that has held constant for nearly a decade. We want to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to pursue and succeed in STEM careers, so we’re excited to announce our collaboration as lead partner in the Million Women Mentors initiative.
Launching today, Million Women Mentors is a national campaign led by STEMconnector® and driven by a unique group of nonprofits, corporations and government agencies. Its purpose is to increase the interest of one million young women in STEM by connecting them to one million mentors from related fields.
NPower and Accenture are both founding partners of Million Women Mentors, so we’re celebrating the Million Women Mentors launch with a Q&A with Cathinka Wahlstrom, Senior Managing Director and Head of Banking North America at Accenture. As a member of NPower’s Board of Directors, Cathinka is intimately involved in mentoring and championing women in tech. We invited her to share some words of wisdom.
Cathinka Wahlstrom (left) supporting Aminah Roberts at her graduation from NPower's
Technology Service Corps program last month
Q&A with Cathinka Wahlstrom
Q. What do you think has contributed to your professional success?
I’ve always strived to develop a career capital that is based on the ability to quickly adapt to change. It requires persistence to hone the right skills, deliver results for clients, and find the right mentors. Having a good network of mentors has also offered me the opportunity to learn from others who have different experiences than me.
Q. What advice do you give young people about building career capital?
Building career capital requires the ability to be flexible and take risks. People should also look for opportunities to stretch themselves through constant collaboration and networking within their company as well as in the community. I recommend raising your hand and say, “I want to help, “I want that job,” or “Give me a chance to contribute to the team.” Also, proactively seek mentors. They provide a great deal of guidance through your career journey and can sometimes provide suggestions for career paths that you may have not considered before.
Q. You have noted having the right skills and mentoring to be critical to career success. Can you elaborate?
A career can be challenging so it’s important to develop the right skills through training and experience. It’s also important to remember that a career is a continuous learning process. Always ask questions, and take on new challenges to grow your skill set, but find a mentor too. A mentor provides a valuable resource to help you focus and maintain perspective.
Q. Can you share how you got involved with NPower and what is your current role?
As a Board member, I know that NPower and Accenture share a common commitment to equip people with the skills necessary to succeed in technology careers through training and mentoring. That’s what makes our partnership so impactful.
Accenture is a founding member of NPower and we continue to be involved through their programs Technology Service Corps, The Community Corps, and through the Board and Advisory Councils. We are also excited to support the new mentoring and continuing education initiative for alumni of the Technology Service Corps, which builds brighter futures for underserved young adults and veterans through free technology and professional skills training. Accenture’s employees, including several who are Technology Service Corps alumni, are passionate about the organization and love volunteering. It’s inspiring to work with other business partners to move NPower’s mission forward and help thousands of people develop technology skills.
Q: What is something that excites you about technology careers right now?
Technology is changing at an unprecedented rate and the career opportunities are numerous – for women and men alike. As a result, NPower and Accenture have been active in promoting STEM education for girls and women. It’s exciting when you see a student find a passion for math, science and technology and realize she just found a promising career for herself.
Interested in becoming a mentor?
Million Women Mentors - Press Release.pdf
Sign up by registering at thecommunitycorps.org
Changes to our Board of Directors
We’re pleased to welcome in the New Year by announcing newly elected officers to NPower’s Board of Directors. We look forward to a fruitful 2014 working together towards even greater impact building tech skills in nonprofits, schools and individuals so they can achieve their potential.
Global Head of Investment Management Technology, Goldman Sachs
Vice President Global Engineering & Market Development, World Wide Technology
VC and Head of Development Committee
Founder and Partner, 北Kita Capital Management
Treasurer and Head of Audit Committee
Senior Director, Markle Foundation
Senior Managing Director, Head of Banking North America, Accenture
Head of Nominating and Governance Committee
Other recently appointed board members include Michael Gregoire (CEO, CA Technologies), Parag Samarth (Corporate Vice President, HCL) and Ramana Murthy (Vice President, Tata Consultancy Services).
They succeed Chris Wearing (President, Teneo Consulting), Guy Chiarello (President, First Data Corporation), Michele Trogni (Global Head of Managed Services, Markit), and Randy Cowen (Global Head of Technology Operations, Goldman Sachs), who have kindly agreed to found a new NPower Chairman’s Council, which will provide advice and support to NPower and its Board.
Chris Wearing was one of the original founders of NPower and has given generously of his time, counsel and leadership over the past 13 years. Thanks to Chris’ vision, NPower has helped thousands of nonprofits improve their technology efficiency and hundreds of young adults gain the tech and professional skills that enable them to build brighter futures. Over the last five years Guy, Michele and Randy have been instrumental in working alongside Chris to guide NPower to pursue a national focus, growing and diversifying our support base and tightening our strategic mission around building tech skills and creating opportunity and access for the underserved.
"We’re proud to have such accomplished leaders from the tech industry join our Board,” said Stephanie Cuskley, NPower’s CEO. “Their outstanding expertise, wise counsel and extensive networks will be invaluable as we implement our new strategic plan. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Chris, Guy, Michele and Randy, who have given tremendous support and guidance over the years. During their tenure, they've led us through a fantastic period of growth and success in our mission to build tech skills in individuals, nonprofits and schools. We look forward to continuing to expand upon these achievements with the support of our new Board and Chairman’s Council.”
We're getting festive, with staff from our offices nationwide joining together in a Holiday Ugly Sweater Day! Over in Brooklyn, we had a present drive and donated over 20 gifts to families of the NYC Family Justice Center Brooklyn, a program of the Mayor's office that combats domestic violence.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Honoring Those Who Served
Guest post by Kris Falvo, Regional Director, Dallas
Veteran’s day has always been meaningful to me. Perhaps it stems from me, as a little girl, watching my father stand at attention whenever the national anthem played. No matter the place or the situation, the beginning of the Super Bowl or at the start of my son’s Little League baseball game, my father, a Korean War veteran, would stand at attention. The special day of remembrance grew when I would see my husband’s old Air Force uniform as it hung in the closet. Click here to read the full article
Accenture Support Helps Advance STEM Skills
We couldn’t be more thrilled with Accenture’s support of our work this fall. The global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company has awarded us a major grant as part of its Skills to Succeed initiative, which plans to equip 500,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. Click here to read the full article
NPower Joins Taproot Foundation In Celebration of
Pro Bono Week 2013
NPower is celebrating Pro Bono Week by announcing a pilot of a new pro bono resource called Tech Consult. NPower’s volunteer program, The Community Corps, builds the tech capacity of nonprofits and schools by connecting organizations to skilled volunteers from the tech community. Tech Consult is a new service that will allow nonprofits and schools nationwide to schedule free consulting calls with technology professionals. Click here to read the press release
NPower Honors Top Tech Leaders at 2013 Gala
Mike Gregoire of CA Technologies and Tom Georgens of NetApp Recognized
More than 500 business and nonprofit leaders joined together on Thursday, October 3rd at NPower’s 2013 Gala, An Evening of Powerful Connections. NPower helps nonprofits, schools and individuals build technology skills by harnessing the power of the tech community. The gala celebrates the social impact of this great work.
This year NPower honored newly appointed NPower Board Trustee, Mike Gregoire, CA Technologies Chief Executive Officer, for the company’s support of NPower’s Technology Service Corps – a program that helps young adults and veterans pursue STEM-related careers by providing free professional training, internships and job placement services. Each employed graduate of the program adds an estimated $1 million in value to society over the course of their lifetime.
NPower also honored NetApp and its President and Chief Executive Officer, Tom Georgens, for the value that the company’s employee-driven culture brings to the community. Recognized as one of the world’s best places to work, NetApp’s culture is built on a shared set of values that encourages employees to give back to their surrounding communities, fuels innovation throughout the business, and creates an engaging environment where employees bring their passion and commitment to work each day. Click here to read the full article
NPower TSC Dallas Graduates First Class of
On September 11, twenty proud armed-forces veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be the first to graduate from the NPower Dallas Technology Service Corps (TSC), an innovative, veteran-focused technology job training program launched in April 2013. Four of these new program graduates have been selected to receive special awards. Click here to read the full article
Celebrating Our Blog's First Anniversary >
Today we celebrate the one year anniversary of our first post here on the NPower Community Blog. We wanted a place where we could share and celebrate the success of the tech community coming together for social good. Click here to read the full article
NPower Gala 2013
NPower will hold it's annual gala on Thursday, October 3, 2013. This year we are proud to honor Tom Georgens, CEO, NetApp and Michael Gregoire, CEO, CA Technologies for their support of NPower and their longstanding commitment to improving communities through the power of technology. To learn more click here.
NPower will hold it's first Dallas's Technology Service Corps commencement on September 11, 2013. To learn more about this event click here.
Women's Council Leadership Profile: Meet Kathi Saccullo
Meet Kathi Saccullo, NPower Women's Council Member and Vice President and Vendor Relationship Manager of New York Life Insurance Company. As a founding member of the NPower Women's Council, Kathi is dedicated to helping young women build confidence and connections to career paths in technology. Kathi’s commitment is echoed by her employer, New York Life, which made a two-year, $400,000 grant to NPower in 2012.NPower Blog: How can we get more young women interested in technology, either as a career or as a way to more successfully achieve their own goals?We need to let girls know early in their development that technology is fun and not just for boys. This involves breaking down stereotypes, encouraging girls and letting them know that they can do great things with careers in math and science. We must help girls recognize the pervasiveness of technology and understand how it can help them achieve their passions. Click here to read the full article
TSC Brings Free IT Training to the Dallas Veterans Community
Pictured Above TSC Dallas Inaugural Class and Staff
NPower’s, Technology Service Corps (TSC) opened its first branch classroom in Dallas, Texas this spring. An estimated 300,000 service members including Guard and Reserves will leave the military each year over the next 5 years. NPower is committed to building brighter futures and providing opportunities for Dallas military veterans. The program is part of an expansion program supported by National Corporate Underwriters Citi, New York Life Insurance and PepsiCo as well as other NPower sponsors including Amerisource Bergen Corp, Deloitte, Cisco, HP, SAP and Symantec.
The Dallas facility officially opened with an inaugural class of 31 students. Students will participate in an extensive 22-week program that includes detailed classroom work, professional mentoring, apprenticeship and job placement support.
Pictured Above TSC Dallas Inaugural Class Orientation
TSC’s national expansion comes after almost a decade of providing underserved young adults with IT training and career support, primarily through its Brooklyn facility. In 2012, TSC opened a second program location in Harlem. Dallas is TSC’s third site and currently the only location focused on, IT training, professional skills, mentoring, apprenticeships and job placement for military veterans. TSC will continue to focus on national expansion and plans are underway to launch a 4th TSC site in 2014 to serve veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding communities.
“Our Dallas expansion will undoubtedly make a significant impact in the lives of our nation’s service men and women providing them with the opportunity to build brighter futures through careers in IT. We are truly thankful to all of our sponsors who have demonstrated a strong commitment of support to the growth and expansion of NPower’s programs and services,” said NPower’s CEO, Stephanie Cuskley.
Pictured above TSC Dallas Classroom located at Dallas Community College District
NPower is thrilled to partner with the Dallas County Community College District (DCCD) to deliver this program. The TSC program is free to qualified students. Successful applicants must be individuals serving in the military or honorably discharged (ages 21-40). Graduates are required to successfully complete all the course work, including a seven week apprenticeship.
39 years ago National Volunteer Week began as a White House initiative to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers.As we kick off this year’s celebrations, we here at NPower, would like to thank you for your commitment and support of our programs. You've played a vital role in our efforts, driving social good and helping nonprofits, schools, and individuals reach their highest potential.
Through Technology Service Corps you’ve taught classes, coached and inspired over 600 young adults to build brighter futures through careers in IT. And this year you’ve helped NPower expand nationally and launch our first veterans-focused effort in Dallas.
Through The Community Corps you’ve provided almost 30,000 hours of service and delivered almost $4.5mm of social value to nonprofits, schools and individuals. You’ve mentored young women and middle school girls, encouraging them to pursue careers in technology. You've setup computer labs and manned a help desk to answer tech questions from teachers and children. And you've created technology roadmaps to help nonprofits do more with technology and increase their focus on outreach and community impact.
Here at NPower you’ve served as advisors, attended events, read our blog, and helped spread our message and mission about bringing the tech community together for social good.
We're so proud of the work we’ve accomplished together and we thank you deeply for sharing your time and skills. Your efforts make a difference and make the world a better place through the power of technology.
NPower Women's Leadership Breakfast Was A Great Success!
NPower Women’s Council Members, Speakers and Attendees
On April 3rd in New York City, NPower Women’s Council hosted their first signature event. The audience and speakers represented all sectors of technology: financial services, mobile, startups and young women just embarking on their careers in technology. “New York City is poised to be the next global tech hub and NPower is in a great position to help the tech community expand its reach and be part of the solution to close the tech gender gap” said Gail Fierstein, NPower Women’s Council Co-Chair and Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs.
Gail Fierstein, NPower Women’s Council Co-Chair, Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
The breakfast was a great first step in bringing the broader tech community together. A dynamic set of speakers provided powerful messages of encouragement and inspiration and addressed an audience of over 140 women to keep pursuing their dreams and to help other women do the same.
Keynote Deborah Estrin, Professor of Computer Science, CornellTech NYC and co-Founder Openhealth.org
Laura Sherbin, Executive Vice President from the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) Research kicked off the morning event with a presentation of "The Athena Factor” a research project that examines the career paths of women with advanced degrees in science, engineering and technology.
Laura Sherbin, Executive Vice President, Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) Research
The Keynote address was presented by technologist and pioneer Deborah Estrin. The final portion of the program introduced the audience to NCWIT’s Sit with Me campaign. Panelists’ shared their career journey while sitting in the symbolic red chair. The red chair recognizes the important role women play in creating future technology. Discussions sparked a call to action for women at all levels of their careers to become champions and advocates for the rising generation of women technologists.
Sit With Me Panelists: Sue Ericksen, NPower Women’s Council Co-Chair, CIO, New York Life Insurance Company, Kelly Hoey, Founder Women Innovate Mobile , Avis Yates Rivers, President & CEO, Technology Concepts Groups International, LLC, NCWIT Board Member (Moderator), Mary Fernandez, AVP Software and Information Systems Research, AT&T Labs Research
NPower Women’s Breakfast Attendees
NPower Women's Council would like to thank event partners NCWIT, Center for Talent Innovation, Cornell NYCTech and venue host JPMorgan Chase.
Meet Gail Fierstein, NPower Women's Council co-chair and former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs. As co-chair of the Women's Council Gail is working closely with tech leaders to increase opportunities for young women.
NPower Blog: Why do you think there is such a shortage of women in the technology field?
There isn’t critical mass yet in the education system, and therefore the pipeline, compared to other fields. Women make up about 30% of computer science degrees (but 60% of all degrees) and this is trending down.
Many companies are doing better hiring more women out of school, but then have difficulty retaining them. Approximately 56% of women will leave the workforce midway through their careers. A perfect storm of feelings of isolation, extreme jobs that put pressure on family and being guided to less technical career paths all contribute to the shortage of female talent in the technology field.
NPower Blog:Why did you get involved with NPower's Women’s Council?
I loved the idea of creating an army of tech volunteers for social good. I was looking to find an organization that I could really get involved in. NPower had all the things I was looking for: technology and innovation driven, community-based and focused on developing people.
NPower Blog: How can we get more young women interested in technology, either as a career or as a way to more successfully achieve their own goals?
Education and awareness needs to start at an early age. First, girls need to see past the social stigmas and stereotypes - not wanting to be the only girl in advanced math and tech is for ‘geeks’ only – just to name a couple. Young women need to be encouraged to study STEM, not just the softer, relationship or creative skills. Second, connecting successful women in technology with girls and young women will help create a community of role models that can talk about and guide them towards careers in technology.
NPower Blog:How can the tech community help women succeed?
Maximizing the opportunities for women in technology at all ages is good for business because it brings a diversity of thought that drives innovation. At a more practical level, educated women will soon make up the majority of the workforce and with the demand for skilled technologists increasing it becomes a necessity.
Tech leaders can help raise awareness and be part of the education process – starting with girls and academics. Senior leaders can help create momentum and focus in their own organizations by identifying and supporting role models, identifying strong tech talent and ensuring these women stay on the technical track.
NPower Blog:What is the responsibility of the tech community around volunteerism?
Technology is core to every single business and embedded into our daily lives. It is no longer just a competitive advantage but a basic foundation in every organization – in much the same way as accounting. The tech community can provide these basic tech needs to organizations that don’t have their own resources or capabilities. Providing technical capability can be a game changer for many. Volunteers from the tech community are needed as role models, mentors, coaches to support and inspire young girls to pursue careers in technology.
I also think the idea of social responsibility resonates with technologists. We see how technology brings people together to improve our quality of life.
The Community Corps provides nonprofits and schools with access to thousands of skilled tech volunteers. Use your tech skills to benefit this week's cause and help bring the tech community together for social good!
Women & Technology
In partnership with NYC STEPS (New York City Supported Training and Employment Preparation Services), experienced professionals are needed to mentor women on developing technical, professional, and personal skills like networking, interviewing skills, and professional etiquette.
NYC STEPS is a joint effort of the New York City's Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), NYC STEPS is a 12-week program that seeks to empower victims of domestic abuse by providing them with the skills to become employable in the workforce, and financially independent.NYC STEPS participants enroll in computer and technology courses, learning how to send e-mails and use software such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel. They also complete job-training classes that assist them on things like résumé-building, public speaking and how to ace a job interview
Here is an inspiring story regarding the program, click here. The A.V.O.N Mentoring Program will give survivors of domestic abuse the basic technology skills and professional skills needed to find a job.
4 hours a month (March thru August) which includes an in person orientation and 2 contacts a month. Sign up on NYC Steps Mentor by signing up here.
NPower Jazz 2013
TECH COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER FOR
NPOWER JAZZ 2013
On Monday March 4th NPower hosted our annual signature event, NPower Jazz 2013, a benefit that brings the tech community together to support NPower’s mission to help communities, families and individuals through the power of technology.
Our celebratory evening kicked off with a cocktail reception featuring St. Louis jazz vocalist Denise Thimes. During the evening we heard remarks from Event Chair Dave Steward, Chairman & CEO of World Wide Technology, Inc. an NPower National Corporate Underwriter and platinum sponsor of NPower Jazz 2013, Mukesh Mehta, Managing Director, TD Ameritrade and NPower CEO, Stephanie Cuskley.
The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center, New York City provided one of New York City’s greatest backdrops - Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Over two hundred guests were treated to a world-class concert featuring the renowned Kenny Barron Trio and Grammy award winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard. “NPower Jazz 2013 was our best jazz event yet, on every level - music, attendance, energy. The opportunity to bring the tech community and world-class musicians together for social good is truly phenomenal” noted Stephanie Cuskley, NPower’s CEO.
A warm thank you to our lead sponsor Word Wide Technology, Inc., and co sponsors, TD Ameritrade, Ab Initio, CA Technologies. We would like to give a special thanks to all the musicians who gave their time and talent in support of NPower’s programs.
A Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors
TSC Graduation 29
NPower celebrated TSC’s Class 29 graduation ceremony with 79 students representing the first combined Brooklyn and Harlem classes. The graduates shared the evening with over 300 guests – a first for TSC - including board members Cathinka Wahlstrom, Matt Horner and keynote speaker,Gail Fierstein along with members of the newly formed TSC Advisory Council. Along with Accenture and World Wide Technology, Inc., we had representatives from many of our partners including Bloomberg, CA Technologies, Deloitte Services, JPMorgan Chase, New York Life Insurance Company, New York Stock Exchange, Polaris, Symantec, Tekmark Global Solutions and TD Ameritrade.
Announcing The New TSC Advisory Council
As NPower’s TSC program expands to help serve more young adults and veterans in New York City, Dallas (opening April 2013) and San Francisco…and beyond. We are proud to announce the formation of the TSC Advisory Council. The council will serve as an advising body to the TSC program and provide strategic, technical and programmatic expertise bringing tremendous impact on those we serve. We are honored to have such a talented team supporting our efforts and thank them deeply.
Photos from Left to Right: Dan Murphy, World Wide Technology, Inc. , NPower Board Member Matt Horner, World Wide Technology, Inc., Steve Mase, Citi, NPower Board Member Cathinka Wahlstrom, Accenture, Keynote Speaker Gail Fierstein (former Goldman Sachs)