Earn Free Credentials, Credits and Certificates in Cloud Computing and IT at Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College, Generation USA, and Verizon team up to offer Learn, Work, Earn Program for cloud computing and IT jobs

Generation USA, a workforce development nonprofit, announced a new program with Miami Dade College (MDC) and made possible through the Verizon Skill Forward program to support local, underserved communities by giving residents the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials, an MDC certificate and credits, and real-world experience in either cloud computing or IT, all at no cost to the student and in less than a year.

During the first step, participants will learn technical skills and receive the necessary support to secure their first industry-standard credentials through Generation’s bootcamp program in either cloud computing or IT. After achieving their first milestone – a Generation graduation ceremony – students will receive assistance for applying for one of two MDC certificate programs. During their time at MDC, Generation will pair students with a part-time job at ConSol USA Inc., allowing them to gain paid professional experience while learning at MDC. After approximately 9 months, students will graduate with credentials, credits, and real-world work experience in a tech job.

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“We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Miami Dade College to give local students the opportunity to gain valuable classroom and real-world experiences they can add to their resumes,” said Sean Segal, Generation USA CEO. “Through the Learn, Work, Earn Program, participants will walk away with industry-recognized technical certifications and credentials and a Miami Dade College certificate ― in less than a year.”

“The ‘Learn, Work, Earn’ program underscores Verizon’s commitment to providing underrepresented populations with the tech skills they need for the digital workforce,” said Merdochey LaFrance, Government Affairs & Local Engagement, Verizon. “This initiative is aligned with Citizen Verizon, our responsible business plan that focuses on expanding resources for the populations who need it most to help them prosper and thrive.”

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With the Learn, Work, Earn Program, MDC continues forging significant partnerships that create unique opportunities for students to obtain in-demand credentials in growing and emerging industries, helping to also support economic growth.

“We are very excited to once again partner with Generation USA to offer students and the community another path to economic mobility,” said MDC President Madeline Pumariega. “Now more than ever, rapid credentials are essential to create a workforce ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow, especially in the tech sector.”

Made possible through the Verizon Skill Forward Initiative, Verizon is investing more than $44 million over several years to Generation to help close the opportunity gap for workers and increase access to digital skills. This initiative is part of Verizon’s Citizen Verizon responsible business plan to prepare 500,000 individuals for jobs of the future by 2030.

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