This is a repeating eventaugust 6, 2019 5:00 pm
LOUISVILLE, KY – On Thursday, August 1, at 10AM, the Louisville Urban League will announce their partnership with the University of Louisville and Interapt
LOUISVILLE, KY – On Thursday, August 1, at 10AM, the Louisville Urban League will announce their partnership with the University of Louisville and Interapt to support a unique opportunity to serve the underemployed and unemployed in the Louisville community – a paid, immersive training program that teaches high demand IT skills.
The pilot program, dubbed “Louisville Skills,” will provide 25 individuals the opportunity to build the technical, business, and life skills necessary to work in a fast-paced, high-tech environment, preparing them to launch promising new careers in the tech industry. The Louisville Skills program is funded by the Humana Foundation’s Community Relations Program, an initiative that awards grants to Louisville-area nonprofit organizations contributing to the health and well-being in Humana’s corporate hometown.
The Urban League has agreed with Interapt to provide wraparound support services for pilot program’s participants. Additionally, Louisville Urban League will be hosting two open houses for applicants to sign up at their location on West Broadway, on August 6th from 5pm-7pm and on August 9th from 9am-11am.
“The Louisville Urban League is excited to partner on this venture that will provide life-altering career opportunities for members of our community,” said Sadiqa Reynolds, President and CEO. “We believe this program will be a welcomed addition to the projects already underway in the West End and make an impact for generations.”
Interapt’s training program, called “a national model of creating next-generation skills” has been featured in the New York Times, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, EY Strategic Growth Forum, and TedX Palo Alto. Graduates that have been hired by Interapt have worked on projects for Humana, Kindred, NetSmart, and Elavon. Graduates have also been hired by companies such as Accenture, JP Morgan, GE, Chase, El Toro, and Eagle6. Through Interapt’s Registered Apprenticeship model with the U.S. Department of Labor, top graduates have seen their earnings potential increase to $90,000 just three years out of the program.
While Interapt has successfully delivered its training programs throughout the country, this program is its first partnership with a major university.
“The goal of the program is to improve the financial outcomes of the participants, helping both themselves and their families,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. “UofL will perform rigorous outreach to find participants who have been historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This innovative and forward-thinking partnership demonstrates our unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion in our community.”
The University of Louisville will focus recruitment on underemployed and unemployed residents in the Louisville Metro, and individuals in the Louisville West End, including but not limited to the Shawnee, Chickasaw, Park Duvall, Parkland, Park Hill, California, Shively, Phoenix Hill-Smoketown-Shelby Park and Portland neighborhoods.
The training will be taught at the University of Louisville’s new Center for Archeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHe), located in West Louisville and will include foundational software programming concepts and software development skills. To ease the burden for students, they will also receive a stipend of $100 per week during the program.
“Companies and communities thriving in the tech economy treat their citizens as valuable infrastructure worth investing in, and we are bringing that progressive thinking to Louisville. Investing in next-generation tech skills is the pathway to creating new, high-wage jobs in the community, attracting new talent, promoting lifelong learning, and solving a major technology talent shortage; all in one swoop. We are excited to start this partnership and create new and innovative pathways with the University of Louisville., ” said Ankur Gopal, founder and CEO of Interapt.
Each year, there are thousands of new openings in the tech industry, but companies are unable to fill these spots through traditional hiring practices. As companies increasingly rely on digital business, they are looking for new sources of talent to meet their growing IT needs. The UL and Interapt Louisville Skills initiative is a major stepping stone as Kentucky looks to develop the next generation of workers and provides an innovative alternative to solving this talent shortage.
For individuals interested in taking part in this program and are unable to make either of the open houses at Urban League, online applications are open until August 9th and can be found at the Louisville Skills Application Portal. Employers can also participate in the initiative, assisting in the recruiting process, curriculum development, and successful placement of graduates by emailing Marnix Warren, Program Manager of Interapt Skills at [email protected].