Amid IT skills shortage, non-profit organization offers free education through Tech Impact

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Tech Impact is a local non-profit group that helps students enter the IT world. Taylor Landre called the program ITWorks, the light at the end of the tunnel. 

“As a member of the LGBTQ community, high school was awful for me if I’m going, to be honest,” Landre said. “I ended up dropping out. I got my GED and I was just lost.” 

More than 40 percent of ITWorks students were unemployed before the program. Since 2017, over 75 percent of ITWorks graduates have secured employment in IT within 6-months of post-graduation.

“We were hit hard during the recession, and we are bouncing back, but there’s still families out there struggling,” said Deandre Esteen, Assistant VP of Barclays of Community Relations.  There’s still young people who need the skills to thrive,” 

Throughout the program, every student is teamed up with an industry mentor. Some have even been hired at companies like Barclays.

“It’s a meeting of the minds, and it’s a true partnership you know to solve problems,” Esteen said. 

CXWorks is another program that Tech Impact offers. Since it launched, 75 percent of their enrollees were unemployed prior to the program. Eight-eight percent of their 2018 graduates have secured jobs.

CX Works and IT Works has graduated a total of 144 students.  When students graduate, they receive an ITWorks certificate of completion, Cisco IT Essentials certification, and a CompTIA A+ certification.

“We pay for bus passes if you don’t have cars. We provide clothing if you need clothing for job interviews or professional development and again we break every barrier we can,” said Joshua Leavitt, Regional Director for Nevada Tech Impact. 

Their community partners include Barclays, MGM, Sands, and the City of Las Vegas.

Note: Students in the program must be between the ages of 18-26 years old.

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