Automation Alley

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The Automation Alley IT Career Pathways Program (ITCP) provided eligible youth and dislocated workers with information technology training to re-enter the workforce. Through a partnership with Oakland Schools, ITCP offered IT certifications, career readiness training and job placement assistance. Funded by a grant awarded to Automation Alley by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, the program came to a close on Aug. 31, 2012.

Here are some of the program’s highlights:

  • Through ITCP, students and workers received industry-recognized certifications including Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+.
  • 158 people entered the program and 102 people, or 88 percent, obtained at least one certification.
  • 38 individuals entered a job during the life of the grant. An additional nine people moved from their first place of employment into a second job.
  • 67 percent of those employed maintained employment for the life of the grant. In the cases where employment ended, either the person took a new job or the job was contract-specific and the contract ended.
  • Five of the six students who entered employment in the first quarter of 2012have maintained their jobs for the full three quarters post-placement.

At Automation Alley, success isn’t always measured by the numbers. It’s measured in the way programs and initiatives impact people’s lives. Automation Alley received the following feedback from ITCP graduates:

  • "The ITCP training gave me the opportunity to update my technical knowledge and the confidence that was depleted over my long period of unemployment." – Allen Yu, a graduate of ITCP who had been unemployed for a year and a half
  • "The skills I learned in Automation Alley’s IT Career Pathways Program helped me re-enter the workforce. I now have more confidence in my computer skills and the training and certifications to help me move forward in my career." – Joseph Baran, a graduate of ITCP who was laid off after 12 and half years of service in the mutual funds department
  • "With guidance from the IT Career Pathways employment coordinator, I constructed an effective functional resume and now have the opportunity to reacclimatize to the workplace." – Carol Schoelch, a graduate of ITCP who qualified for the program as a displaced homemaker