In addition to tech training and counseling, Hopeworks arranges tutoring to improve students’ math and language skills. If housing is an issue—and it is for many Hopeworks students—the organization has a home next door, nicknamed the Crib, where interns can live for $375 a month. Most of the money is returned to interns as a nest egg once they move out. Hopeworks also helps students apply for college scholarships and works with the local Cooper University Healthcare system to help students earn college credits toward a degree in medical billing and coding.
“Our mission is not to fill tech jobs: Our mission is to change the trajectory of lives,” Executive Director Dan Rhoton told reporter Issie Lapowsky.
— Hopeworks 'N Camden (@hopeworkscamden) October 23, 2017
The profile yields some stats of interest: 78 percent of students complete the tech training program and 60 percent are employed either full-time, or part-time while finishing college within the year. Fifty-five students finished the program last year.
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