Recruiting local non-profit participants for cybersecurity and web development programs

A local non-profit organization is recruiting people interested in participating in cybersecurity and web development programs.

The City of Refuge, a local non-profit organization, offers this program, thanks to a federal grant of $5.4 million.

The organization, based in West Atlanta, offers help with things like food, housing and job training.

“These are pathways of upward mobility. Economic mobility,” said Jeannie Ross, director of City of Refuge’s Workforce Innovation Center.

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A total of 280 people will be selected to participate in the programs over the next four years. The first cohort, made up of 20 people in each program, will start on August 16.

Programs last four to nine months. Participants will be required to attend classes every day.

Ross said there will be help with things like childcare, transportation and mentors.

“It will be a tough course. It will be a lot of work, but the rewards will be at the other end,” Ross said.

Ross said cybersecurity and web development will only become more in demand.

“Airbnb, Microsoft and all the companies moving to Atlanta. Oh my god, the sky’s the limit. And the same with cybersecurity. Look what we’ve been through with cybersecurity with the Colonial Pipeline and Cobb County” , she said. noted.

Ross said opportunities don’t just end when programs end.

She says people are already assigned to help participants find apprenticeships, internships and employment opportunities.

According to The City of Refuge, graduates will have the opportunity to find employment as a web developer or software engineer with a starting salary of around $55,000.

Or, they can be placed on a 12-month internship with a partner company at a starting salary of $36,000.

Ross also points out that this program will also teach skills that will be useful in any work environment.

“You can teach anybody to do a certain skill, but learn to be a good employee, to show up on time. Soft skills, leadership skills will be part of what they hear again and again. again. So when someone graduates and goes to work, they’ll be better equipped to have a business relationship,” Ross said.

This is open to anyone who is unemployed or underemployed, and open to people as young as 17, if not in high school.

City of Refuge will hold two open houses on Wednesday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A second open day will take place on Wednesday July 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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James S. Joseph