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Program helps train Detroit residents for tech jobs of the future

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IT’S VERY SPECIAL I’LL HAVE THE DETAILS, NEXT

I’LL HAVE THE DETAILS, NEXT >> Devin: NEXT HERE AT 5:00, >> Devin: NEXT HERE AT 5:00, THEY’RE NOT LOOKING FOR A THEY’RE NOT LOOKING FOR A HANDOUT, THEY JUST WANT A FAIR HANDOUT, THEY JUST WANT A FAIR SHAKE AND EMPOWERMENT IS HELPING SHAKE AND EMPOWERMENT IS HELPING THEM GET IT THEM GET IT >> Karen: HOW THIS UNIQUE >> Karen: HOW THIS UNIQUE PROGRAM IS GIVING DISADVANTAGED PROGRAM IS GIVING DISADVANTAGED DETROITERS A SHOT AT HIGH-PAYING DETROITERS A SHOT AT HIGH-PAYING HIGH-TECH JOBS OF THE FUTURE HIGH-TECH JOBS OF THE FUTURE

♪ ♪ >> Steve: WE LIVE IN THE CYBER >> Steve: WE LIVE IN THE CYBER AGE AND MANY OF THE BEST PHIGH-P AGE AND MANY OF THE BEST PHIGH-P COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, BUT THE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, BUT THE REALITY IS, MANY VERY TALENTED REALITY IS, MANY VERY TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE WILL SIMPLY GET YOUNG PEOPLE WILL SIMPLY GET SHUT OUT SHUT OUT THEY WON’T GET A CHANCE THEY WON’T GET A CHANCE BUT THE FOLKS HERE ARE CHANGING BUT THE FOLKS HERE ARE CHANGING THAT

THAT >> OUR TEAM MANTRA IS THAT WE’RE >> OUR TEAM MANTRA IS THAT WE’RE KICKING DOWN BARRIERS TO ENTRY KICKING DOWN BARRIERS TO ENTRY FOR OUR STUDENTS FOR OUR STUDENTS >> Steve: EMPOWER IS A >> Steve: EMPOWER IS A NATIONWIDE PROGRAM OF FREE NATIONWIDE PROGRAM OF FREE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING THAT JUST TECHNOLOGY TRAINING THAT JUST LAUNCHED IN DETROIT LAUNCHED IN DETROIT

THE STUDENTS ARE YOUNG ADULTS THE STUDENTS ARE YOUNG ADULTS WHO BECAUSE OF ECONOMICS OR WHO BECAUSE OF ECONOMICS OR OTHER LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES DON’T OTHER LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES DON’T GET A CHANCE TO COMPETE FOR THE GET A CHANCE TO COMPETE FOR THE BEST HIGH-TECH JOBS BEST HIGH-TECH JOBS >> BEING IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS >> BEING IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS I’M FROM, PROGRAMS AND I’M FROM, PROGRAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES WASN’T AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES WASN’T AVAILABLE FOR ME, MY FRIENDS, MY PEERS FOR ME, MY FRIENDS, MY PEERS >> Steve: THE INSTRUCTORS TEACH >> Steve: THE INSTRUCTORS TEACH BASIC CODING SKILLETS, CYBER BASIC CODING SKILLETS, CYBER SECURITY, HIGH-TECH SECURITY, HIGH-TECH FUNDAMENTALS

FUNDAMENTALS >> WE’LL GIVE THEM ACCESS TO A >> WE’LL GIVE THEM ACCESS TO A CREDENTIAL THAT IS AN CREDENTIAL THAT IS AN INDUSTRYWIDE NEED, AND IT GIVES INDUSTRYWIDE NEED, AND IT GIVES THEM ACCESS TO ENTRY LEVEL I T THEM ACCESS TO ENTRY LEVEL I T

POSITIONS POSITIONS >> Steve: DETROIT IS FOURTH IN >> Steve: DETROIT IS FOURTH IN THE NATION IN TERMS OF HIGH-TECH THE NATION IN TERMS OF HIGH-TECH JOBS HUB JOBS HUB >> THEY NEED AN OPPORTUNITY TO >> THEY NEED AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET INTO A HIGH-PAYING POSITION

GET INTO A HIGH-PAYING POSITION THEY JUST WANT ACCESS THEY JUST WANT ACCESS THAT’S THE DRIVING FORCE IN THIS THAT’S THE DRIVING FORCE IN THIS ROOM IS THAT EVERYONE WANTS THE ROOM IS THAT EVERYONE WANTS THE SAME GOAL SAME GOAL

>> THEY’RE HUNGRY, OPEN TO >> THEY’RE HUNGRY, OPEN TO LEARNING, AND IT WARMS MY HEART LEARNING, AND IT WARMS MY HEART AND MY TEAM’S HEART AND MY TEAM’S HEART I SEE THE DISPARITY I SEE THE DISPARITY AND THEY HAVE TO FIGHT TO GET 1% AND THEY HAVE TO FIGHT TO GET 1% OF WHAT THEY HAVE

OF WHAT THEY HAVE SO IT’S REALLY LIKE I SEE THAT SO IT’S REALLY LIKE I SEE THAT GIVE ME A CHANCE, PUT ME IN THE GIVE ME A CHANCE, PUT ME IN THE GAME GAME

>> Steve: AN IMPORTANT PART IS >> Steve: AN IMPORTANT PART IS TO CHANGE ONE BIG STEREOTYPE TO CHANGE ONE BIG STEREOTYPE FOR YEARS, GIRLS HAVE BEEN TOLD FOR YEARS, GIRLS HAVE BEEN TOLD THEY DON’T BELONG IN HIGH-TECH THEY DON’T BELONG IN HIGH-TECH >> THAT IS A HUGE BARRIER AND >> THAT IS A HUGE BARRIER AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE BEING SO THAT’S WHY WE’RE BEING SO INTENTIONAL ABOUT ENSURING THAT INTENTIONAL ABOUT ENSURING THAT YOUNG WOMEN HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY YOUNG WOMEN HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THOSE PATHWAYS AS WELL TO HAVE THOSE PATHWAYS AS WELL TO PROSPERITY

TO PROSPERITY >> Steve: CAMERON WAS DRAWN TO >> Steve: CAMERON WAS DRAWN TO SCIENCE AND ROBOTICS IN HIGH SCIENCE AND ROBOTICS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND IS DETERMINED TO SCHOOL AND IS DETERMINED TO SUCCEED TO HONOR HER MOM WHO SUCCEED TO HONOR HER MOM WHO DIED LAST YEAR DIED LAST YEAR >> SHE WAS MY EVERYTHING, MY >> SHE WAS MY EVERYTHING, MY INSPIRATION, SHE’S THE REASON INSPIRATION, SHE’S THE REASON WHY I’M SO DRIVEN AND WHY I’M SO DRIVEN AND PASSIONATE PASSIONATE

THEY INSTILLED IN ME THAT I THEY INSTILLED IN ME THAT I SHOULD KNOW MY WORTH, AND THAT’S SHOULD KNOW MY WORTH, AND THAT’S BETTER THAN WORKING AT A BETTER THAN WORKING AT A McDONALD’S McDONALD’S >> Steve: IT’S FOUR MONTHS LONG >> Steve: IT’S FOUR MONTHS LONG AND EMPOWER HELPS THEM NINTH A AND EMPOWER HELPS THEM NINTH A CAREER CAREER >> Karen: AND SO MANY >> Karen: AND SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE YOUNG

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