Verizon launches $44 million upskilling program open to any American who wants to land an in-demand job

  • Verizon is investing $44 million in an upskilling program to help Americans unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as Americans looking for better jobs. 
  • Applications are open for residents of Dallas, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Seattle, Spartanburg, SC, and Washington, DC.
  • People who are Black or Latinx (a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina), unemployed, or without a four-year-degree will be given priority admissions.
  • The telecommunications giant is partnering with two nonprofits focused on workforce development, Generation and JFF, to launch the initiative. 
  • The program will start in November and expand to more cities in 2021.
  • It will train students to get jobs like junior cloud practitioner, junior web developer, IT help desk technician and digital marketing analyst.
  • The upskilling program is part of Citizen Verizon, Verizon's recently unveiled responsible business plan that includes a goal of preparing 500,000 people for jobs of the future by 2030.
  • Digital upskilling has increased during the pandemic as millions of Americans look for in-demand jobs, Reuters reported. 
  • Amazon, PwC, IBM, and AT&T have launched major upskilling programs to retrain their workforces or attract new talent in recent years. 
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