A South Jersey nonprofit focused on providing STEM education and IT workforce development assistance to underserved communities received its official designation as a new U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program sponsor on June 16.
Now, employers in the state and nationwide can join The Camden Dream Center‘s RAP to build a new, more skilled and diverse talent pipeline for two initial occupations: cybersecurity support technician and network technician.
The Center is a Cisco Networking Academy through which apprentices will receive classroom instruction in occupationally-related skills for employment with participating companies.
As full-time employees, apprentices will receive on-the-job training by qualified mentors while continuing their education through the Academy. By the time they’re done with the program, apprentices will have attained national industry credentials from both the USDOL and Cisco.
“American industry is changing rapidly, and the Camden Dream Center is at the forefront of creating the skilled tech workforce employers need,” said Keith Davis, Camden Dream Center chief executive officer and president, in a prepared statement. “We want employers to know we are their talent pipeline partner. We will provide them with apprentices who are equipped and motivated to become highly-valued, loyal, and long-term employees for critically-needed tech positions.”
Camden Dream Center partnered with Houston consulting firm Safal Partners and the Cyber Future Foundation, an educational tech think tank, in developing its new RAP. Safal Partners is a USDOL national industry intermediary expanding apprenticeship in cybersecurity and related tech occupations. Through its partnership with Safal, the Center will be able to access additional industry training resources; and through CFF, it’ll be able to access more technical expertise and professional mentoring.
The Center will formally reopen June 18 at 11 a.m.