NuPaths, an IT workforce development training provider, co-founded by Harrisburg University to prepare students for well-paying and in-demand entry level technology jobs in six months, has been awarded state funding from Gov. Tom Wolf for a workforce development project as part of the Veterans Employment Program (VEP), helping to connect veterans with job opportunities and employment support in Pennsylvania counties with high unemployment rates for veterans.
NuPaths received $199,998 to train 24 veterans living in Beaver, Delaware, and Fayette Counties for entry-level jobs for network technician and IT security analyst roles. Programs will be offered in an accessible distance-learning format and provide technical skills training, industry certifications, and the job search and readiness skills needed to begin an apprenticeship or full-time IT job.
“We are grateful to Governor Wolf for this support. Every one of Pennsylvania’s veterans made significant sacrifices in their service to our nation,” says Andy Petroski, President of NuPaths. “Because of that, we should give them every opportunity we can provide to ease their transition to a civilian career. This funding will enable us and our community partners to assist our veterans in finding meaningful and family-sustaining jobs.”
Launched in 2018, NuPaths is a college alternative for recent high school graduates, veterans and those in career-transition. Students learn the IT skills and receive the industry-recognized certifications needed to enter today’s IT Job market. NuPaths also works with high school seniors through programs embedded into the school day and available after school.
“The programs will be delivered using our distance-learning platform, allowing veterans from both rural and urban areas to participate. Any veteran in Beaver, Delaware, and Fayette counties with a high school diploma or equivalent is eligible to apply, and full-tuition scholarships are available for these students” says Petroski.
He notes that the grant funding for this project will be used to reduce or eliminate financial, time, transportation, computer access, and personal barriers for veterans by providing the short-term technical and employment skills training needed for them to obtain an entry-level IT position.
“We will also support veteran employment by expanding and deepening our partnerships with various regional WDBs, CareerLinks, veterans’ organizations and agencies, and local employers,” says Petroski.
NuPaths’ students funded by the grant will be given a laptop for participation in the program, and to assist in their job search. Classes will be held 3 days a week (Tues., Wed., and Thurs.) with students connecting to an online instructor-led class session from 6-7:30 PM each night. Students also have access to instructors on other days of the week either via email or by appointment, and through regularly scheduled office hours and tutoring. Career services support is integrated into the program with business skills workshops, guest speakers and interviews with 3-5 employers.
NuPaths has educated over 400 students, who have earned over 725 certifications and over 1,600 college credits. NuPaths is a training partner with 12 workforce development boards in PA and has worked with high school students from 25 PA school districts. Gov. Wolf’s support will help expand its programs that provide job-specific skill sets for IT security operations, technical support, software testing, and digital marketing positions.