ITWorks, the free 16-week IT training program for young adults without a college degree, is getting a $10,000 grant from M&T Bank, formalized with a check presentation on Nov. 14 at Delaware College of Art and Design.
The program was started in 2011 by Philadelphia by nonprofit Tech Impact, with a launch in Delaware ITWorks in 2012 with the help of the United Way.
M&T Bank’s grant to ITWorks aligns with the company’s recent commitment to workforce development in Delaware, including an announced hiring push in April, which opened about 200 positions in its Wilmington Plaza location. The bank currently has more than 75 jobs open in the First State.
“We want M&T to be a compelling destination for talented, innovative, tech-savvy people,” said M&T Chief Information Officer Michael Wisler in June. “We’ve recently renovated our workspaces into more engaging, open and collaborative environments with the best technology, standing desks and comfortable lounges, giving people much more choice and control over where they work during the day. We’re also doing more to support our local colleges and universities, as well as the startup community, which help make our communities destinations for people seeking opportunity.”
The 18 graduates of ITWorks’ spring 2019 session in June heard a keynote from Technically Media CEO Christopher Wink where he asked employers to consider young paid interns and apprentices like the ones the programs trains. All of the graduates of that cohort landed internships, and, in some cases, jobs, at companies including WSFS, Christiana Care, CAI and the State of Delaware Department of Technology and Information.
Screening for the next session of ITWorks will begin in December, with classes starting in February or March. Applicants must be age 18 to 26, with a high school diploma or equivalent, no bachelor’s degree, availability from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for 16 weeks, and an interest in tech. Click here for more information.
For more information about volunteering as an ITWorks mentor, or if you’re interested in providing an internship for an ITWorks student, click here.-30-