Deadline Detroit | National nonprofit offers free training in tech jobs and paid internships at its new Detroit base

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Military veterans and younger residents of Metro Detroit can apply for 17 weeks of tuition-free digital job training that begins Sept. 7 in the New Center area of ​​Detroit.

Classes are offered by NPower, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that works to foster diversity in the tech industry. He arrived in Detroit in 2019 and trained more than 150 young adults before moving this summer from the space shared with Davenport University on West Grand Boulevard.

His new suite includes two classrooms, boardrooms, and study spaces at Lothrop Landing, a Bedrock property near the Fisher Building. “We are ready to welcome our next wave of students,” said a statement from Camille Walker Banks, executive director of the Michigan region.

The organization prepares veterans and residents of the “underserved community” between the ages of 18 and 25 for entry-level information technology jobs. Interns get paid internships or a project-based learning experience for seven weeks after the Tech Fundamentals program. Alumni can also apply for specialized courses in cybersecurity and cloud computing.

â–º Apply here. “After a short pre-screening questionnaire, complete the full application and a member of our team will call or email you.”

â–º Who qualifies: Local residents between the ages of 18 and 25 with a high school diploma or equivalent who are legally authorized to work in the United States. Also active duty members over 21 who go through the Department of Defense SkillBridge program, honorably discharged veterans and members of the National Guard or Reserve.


Interns in New Jersey. (Photo / s: NPower)

Applicants can attend a virtual orientation to meet staff and recent graduates before registering. Almost 85% of students have completed the program since 2019, according to NPower, “and a majority have secured careers in technology-related fields.” Some work at Rock Central, Microsoft, Google, Shift Digital, RT Software Systems, Blue Cross Blue Shield, TCF Bank, Little Caesars Enterprises, Accenture and for the state, according to a press release.

These are among the details of an FAQ page:

  • Most classes last four hours each day of the week.
  • There is no financial assistance. “Many of our students also work part time. Our staff can help you find programs that can help you cover your financial responsibilities such as housing, utilities, food or child care.”
  • “While no prior knowledge of technology is required, it is recommended that you have basic computer skills, such as browsing the internet, creating, deleting, saving and copying files and folders to your desktop, your hard drive or USB key. “
  • “You will need a laptop or [home] PC to participate. “

The Tech Fundamentals program covers these skills:

  • Management of computer components and peripherals
  • Software installation and management
  • Installation, configuration and management of Windows, Linux and Apple operating systems
  • Project management, agile, customer service and ticket management
  • Workforce preparation (communications, teamwork, customer service)

It states that “the average annual salaries of graduates can range from $ 40,000 to $ 60,000.” NPower publishes testimonials from interns.

â–º Questions? Contact [email protected] or call (313) 217-9161.

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