Digital Upskill Program

The Greater Sacramento Urban League (GSUL) and Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) partnered to digitally upskill disadvantaged and displaced workers in some of Sacramento’s most impacted communities. More than 5,000 people throughout the City of Sacramento applied for the 40 available spots. The goal is to ensure training these students met the nation industry standards. The Greater Sacramento Economic Council engaged General Assembly and Merit America who both have successful track records delivering high quality immersive instruction.

Program participants will receive the following: laptop, stipend to provide internet, $400 per week over nine weeks, completion stipend of $1,800 and a digital certificate in either IT Support or Advanced Data Analytics. The pilot program will consist of 40 students, who will be selected after completing an application and admissions screen and will complete the training by the end of calendar year. This allowed students to have the proper tools and support to be focused on learning their new skills and being ready for the job market.

digital upskill program

Training Partners

General Assembly (GA) is providing the training for the advanced data analytics and is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills and the leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions. GA initially started as a co-working space in 2011 and has since grown into a global learning experience with campuses in 20 cities and over 35,000 graduates worldwide. As individuals and companies struggle to compete in an increasingly technological economy, General Assembly provides award-winning, dynamic training to close the global skills gap. GA has partnered with Louisville, Kentucky to deliver a similar program.

Merit America is providing the training for the IT Support has a long and distinguished track record in upskilling those adults without bachelor’s degrees and those from a disadvantaged background. By combining new technologies with significant in-person support, Merit is developing the most effective and scalable model in the field. With a focus on near term wage gains, graduates of Merit America average an increase if 418,000 per year in annual earnings. Merit’s students learn IT skills, in a flexible format along with key professional skills so the students are well rounded and immediate contributors in their new career.

Hear what the students have to say about the program

Digital Upskill Student: Alicia MacHale

Program: Merit America Program, IT Certification

Digital Upskill Student: Rey Justo

Program: Merit America Program, IT Certification

Learn more about this program from community leaders

Greater Sacramento’s Digital Upskilling webinar, produced in partnership with the Greater Sacramento Urban League, General Assembly and Merit America.

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