April 4, 2012
EmpowerNet California, an Oakland-based division of the Stride Center is offering a Request for Proposals for deployment of ICT workforce development programs in low-income communities in California. The RFP offers $40,000 for up to 3 workforce training organizations in the state to provide training and employment for up to 100 underserved residents.
“At least one qualified organization will be selected to attend our next training academy and be granted up to $40,000 to start an Information Communications Technology (ICT) training program” says Joe McKinley, CEO of EmpowerNet California. The grant will help an organization with the start-up costs involved in launching such a program.
EmpowerNet will hosts “Training Academies” to educate and support organizations on how to start their own programs based on the proven Stride Center model. No other program has achieved the same success as the Stride Center which takes a holistic approach to training students. “By combining the technical training with life skills and professional development, we set students up for success in the real world.” says McKinley.
The organizations that commit to partnering with EmpowerNet will receive all the tools and resources needed for successful implementation. Tools include a proven curriculum, budgets, best practices, organizational philosophy, workforce development and income generation strategies.
An added benefit is the specialized consulting EmpowerNet offers to address individual organizational needs and concerns. According to charter training academy member, Karen Wade of Foundations for Successful Solutions based in Los Angeles, “These are jewels that you are getting. I have been in community technology for a long time. I have followed with great interest the progress the Stride Center has made and I count it a privilege.”
For additional information Contact: Joe McKinley, CEO
Via email: joe@empowernetca(dot)org or 510.567.4855