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NKY Pilot Project Targets Minorities for IT Job Training

The initiative, IT Workforce Training Equity Pilot, is designed to help participants escape generational poverty and targets low- to moderate-income minorities in NKY.
May 17, 2021

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (May 15, 2021) - United Way of Greater Cincinnati is funding a job-training initiative called the IT Workforce Training Equity Pilot, which is designed to help participants escape generational poverty. It will target low- to moderate-income minorities in Northern Kentucky, offer intensive training in the information technology field and provide a weekly stipend for participants.

Over 15 weeks, up to 10 participants will be trained in IT skills needed for high-demand jobs, most of which pay a sustainable wage. United Way has long been committed to investing in workforce development, a key building block for a good quality of life and a strong community.

The initiative also dovetails with United Way’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Minorities who are recruited for the program will be provided with necessary wrap-around support services to increase their chances of completing it successfully. The weekly stipend is important for retaining participants, since they will not have other financial means to support themselves during the training.

In addition to UWGC, which has committed $31,250 for the pilot, other partners are the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, the Kentucky Career Center, Kable Academy, and BC Skills. The workforce investment board will tap federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds to pay up to $3,500 in education fees per participant.

The pilot program will take place at the workforce investment board’s Covington location and through virtual options. Results will be evaluated six months after completion of the program, and that information will be used to make revisions and improvements.

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