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How the pandemic is propelling demand for short-term college programs

By Hari Sreenivasan | Jan 26, 2021

The pandemic has accelerated the demand for short-term college programs, particularly in fields like cybersecurity. Amina Abdoulaye, a Year Up intern at S&P Global, exemplifies the success of such initiatives. Short-term credentials offer economic stability and career advancement opportunities, especially for those facing barriers to traditional higher education. As the workforce landscape evolves, industry-recognized certificates become increasingly valuable, providing quick entry into high-paying jobs.
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Inside the program helping students without college degrees secure jobs in tech

By Jacob Ward | Jan 1, 2021

Elijah Evelyn, a Year Up participant from Oakland, shared his journey of realizing the necessity of a four-year degree but facing barriers due to family circumstances. He found hope through the Year Up program, which provides career opportunities for individuals without diplomas. Taylor Brown and Ronald Shackelford, also Year Up alumni, highlighted their transformation from struggling in low-paying jobs to being hired by JP Morgan Chase.
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Year Up Aims to Tackle U.S. Racial Wealth Gap

By Julia Chatterley | Jun 12, 2020

" Year Up founder Gerald Chertavian shares how “Young people need a hand up, not a handout,” and how Year Up is working towards tackling the racial wealth gap in the United States by providing vital skills and internships to help young adults climb the career ladder."
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Gaining Skills Virtually to Close the Inequality Gap

By Steve Lohr | Jun 7, 2020

Amidst the pandemic, Year Up, a nonprofit job-training program, boldly transitioned entirely online, challenging the notion that effective training necessitates in-person interaction. Despite initial skepticism, virtual instruction has proven effective, prompting the envisioning of a hybrid model for the future, seamlessly integrating virtual learning with face-to-face interaction. Spearheaded by Year Up founder Gerald Chertavian, this adaptation not only addresses immediate challenges but also holds promise in reaching more students and combating persistent income inequality.
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As black jobless rate soars, Year Up and partners Merck, Amazon and others offer career development

By Sharon Epperson | Jun 5, 2020

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a persistent unemployment gap between Black, white, and Latino workers, reflecting disparities in education and workforce development opportunities.
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