Las Vegas – Tech Impact’s ITWorks program has received a $50,000 grant from the MGM Resorts Foundation to further the organization’s goal of providing underemployed and unemployed young adults with the skills and experience they need to launch careers in technology. This generous grant will support the ITWorks program in the Las Vegas community. In 2016, ITWorks Las Vegas graduated 25 students, and the program will serve up to 36 students this year. ITWorks is free of charge for students because of funders like MGM Resorts Foundation.
ITWorks launched in Las Vegas in February of 2016. Students are ages 18 to 26, have their GED or high school diploma, and have not completed a four-year college degree. They have interest in the technology field but most lack the resources to get their foot in the door. Through 11 weeks of intense classroom training, students master concepts related to hardware, software, and troubleshooting, networking and security, printers and mobile devices, and customer service. This training helps students earn two industry-recognized certifications, Cisco IT Essentials and CompTIA A+.
In addition to technical skills, volunteers from organizations like Barclaycard US, Capital One, the City of Las Vegas, and Maverick Aviation, among many others, lead soft skills training sessions to round out students’ skillsets. Brandon Head, Business Solutions Executive at MGM Resorts International, hosted a lunch and learn session for the spring 2016 class.
The students put their newly acquired knowledge to work in 5-week internships with area businesses and organizations, such as Southwest Gas, Easter Seals Nevada, and Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging.
Patrick Callihan, Executive Director at Tech Impact, says of the contribution: “MGM is a leader in the community and a great partner for Tech Impact. Their support for our ITWorks program has been exceptional. They are engaged at all levels of their organization, including the executive suite, to provide valuable mentoring, soft-skills training, and substantial financial resources. By doing so, they are providing opportunities for the young people to learn and gain experience in careers that will significantly improve their earning potential in skilled, mid-level technology careers. We could not do this work without their meaningful partnership and we are grateful for their support to our organization and to our community.”
The MGM Resorts Foundation’s ITWorks grant award addresses one of their core focus areas: strengthening communities. ITWorks strengthens communities by helping young adults enter the technology workforce and secure jobs with career pathways and a living wage, and also creates a diverse local talent pipeline.
The next ITWorks class in Las Vegas started on February 27. ITWorks is also offered in Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE. Learn more about the program, apply to be a student, or discover volunteer opportunities at www.itworks.org.
The MGM Resorts Foundation is an employee-driven 501 (c)(3) entity that has raised and distributed over $69 million and supported thousands of charitable organizations in domestic U.S. communities.
Tech Impact’s mission is to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve our world. Our vision is a world where nonprofits have the technology needed to accomplish their missions, and underrepresented young adults have the skills needed to change their income potential for life.
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