On-Ramps to Careers recently received a $25,000 contribution from AT&T in support of their innovative program that places underrepresented Washington, D.C., youth in career training and internships in STEM fields.
“The tech industry needs a capable and diverse pipeline of employees to fuel 21st century jobs. Today, the need is outpacing the availability of talent, but programs like this can reverse this troubling trend,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T District of Columbia. “We’re proud to support On-Ramps because we know we are helping to strengthen our workforce of the future while providing opportunities to students in D.C. today.”
The funds will help On-Ramps to Careers develop 70 STEM internships for Washington, D.C., high school students and recent graduates. It will also support On-Ramps’ “Tech Reconnect” program to provide technology career preparation and training for 20 disconnected young adults, ages 18-24, in collaboration with the Washington, D.C., Department of Employment Services.
“AT&T’s contribution will help On-Ramps to Careers put 90 underrepresented Washington, D.C., youth in STEM internships and technology career training in 2017,” said Robert Holm, founder of On-Ramps. “Those experiences inspire our region’s minority and female students to pursue STEM degrees and to prepare them for high-demand technology career opportunities.”
On-Ramps’ technology internship program will place students from six Washington, D.C., public high schools in computer science, hardware, digital media and engineering internships. AT&T will host 4 On-Ramps interns through its collaboration with Girls Who Code, and other On-Ramps tech partners include Accenture, AT&T, Cisco Systems, The Department of Homeland Security, Enlightened, Inc., I-Strategy Labs, General Dynamics IT, Georgetown University Information Systems, Limbic Systems, the Metropolitan Police Department, United Negro College Fund and many more tech organizations.
On-Ramps to Careers is a nonprofit, business-education collaboration that makes the educational on-ramps to technology jobs more attainable to youth in the nation’s Capital. On-Ramps encourages youth and young adults to pursue IT education and career pathways that will lead to gainful employment or business ownership in the Washington, D.C., metro area. It provides employers with a support structure to partner with schools, inspire students and shape the region’s future workforce. For more information visit www.onrampstocareers.org, @OnRampsTC on Twitter or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/onrampstocareers/
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