BCED’s Public-Private-Nonprofit Workforce Development Partnership

BCED’s Public-Private-Nonprofit Workforce Development Partnership

The Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED) Technology Empowerment Center (TEC), which is located in the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis), focuses on closing the digital gap by providing access to computer technology and relevant software training by using content aimed at serving nonprofits, small businesses and vulnerable populations.

In an attempt to meet the growing needs and technology challenges of our urban market BCED has embarked into a new public-private-nonprofit partnership.

With the increased demand, BCED is partnering with McGough Construction to build additional lab spaces at the Minneapolis Urban League (2100 Plymouth Ave N., Minneapolis) to house the 8-week pilot program for the CompTIA A+ Certification Program for 20 students from the Twin Cities area, which is set to begin in August. This program is a benchmark for individuals seeking to enter the workforce and have an interest in the IT field and will develop an individual’s ability to perform essential IT tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventative maintenance, basic networking and security. The new facility will include 2 computer labs and an office reception area.

The Technology Empowerment Center’s goals include but are not limited to:

  1. Providing a professional training environment for community members to continue developing and enhancing their technology skills beyond the basics in order to compete in the global workforce.
  2. Refurbishing and distributing computers to low-income communities, individuals and community organizations.
  3. Providing over 20 different computer classes (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels) to community residents and small business owners. Upon completion of the classes and paying a small fee, residents and business owners who qualify can take home a computer loaded with the latest software.

For more information about TEC Programs, contact Michael Aganmayo at 612-624-3704.

Pictured above is a photo of representatives from the public sector (University of Minnesota), private sector (McGough Construction), and nonprofit sector (Minneapolis Urban League) during today’s final pre-construction meeting.

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