A Wilmington nonprofit devoted to widening access to tech devices and IT careers among the underserved by teaching practical, emotional and technical skills has opened an office downtown.
This new space will be home to the NERDiT Cares Workforce Development Program.
In addition to training, the location will offer a storefront where trainees can immediately put their skills to use.
The store will offer repair services for the community from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. It will also accept device donations.
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NERDiT Cares apprentices will refurbish tech items. Then, through the organization’s technology-donation program, they will be delivered to children, families and community organizations in need of computers, smart devices and electronics training and support.
“We must close the digital divide and eliminate barriers for underserved communities,” said NERDiT CARES Executive Director Jess Gibson-Brokenbaugh. “In this new location, we can better serve our community.”
Youth 16 and older are invited to apply for the programs, with or without any tech experience.
“They will be given a unique on-the-job opportunity to learn in a safe, dynamic environment that will help set them up for success as a certified IT support professional,” she said.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience.
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