New Horizons Computer Learning Centers South Florida Teams Up with Overtown Youth Center to Offer Free Virtual Scholarship Program for Students Seeking a Career in IT
The CompTIA A+ Scholarship Program is available to eligible high school juniors or seniors in Miami-Dade County.
Miami, FL — June 4, 2020 – For the first time ever, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of South Florida, the leading IT educator for individuals and corporations is offering its free CompTIA A+ Scholarship program virtually this summer in partnership with the Overtown Youth Center. Classes are designed to give students interested in the field of IT the opportunity to kickstart their career and learn valuable skills from world-class tech instructors.
“We’re excited to make this scholarship opportunity available to high school students seeking firsthand learning experience from experts in the field in a new and more attainable way,” said Charlene Talbot, Executive Director, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, South Florida. “During these challenging times, offering virtual classes ensure students can still take advantage of the free program from the safety and comfort of their own home.”
The virtual two-week program offers a sneak peek to New Horizons’ 18-week technology Bootcamp, which includes topics like security, networking and Microsoft cloud computing. Graduates from the Bootcamp can earn widely respected certifications at the completion of the training, while gaining the skills needed to prepare for a career in IT.
As a result of the pandemic and an overwhelming demand for employees to work from home, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has named cybersecurity engineers, cybersecurity risk management and information technology staff as essential and in-demand employees.
“The demand for IT professionals is at an all-time high with most job functions becoming automated and remote, so we’re pleased to partner with New Horizons on this scholarship opportunity for students,” said Tina Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Overtown Youth Center.
Dr. James Stanger, Chief Technology Evangelist at CompTIA, said “The importance of providing these educational programs and exposing students to the industry early on is crucial to meeting the growing demand for IT professionals. The CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT.”
The CompTIA A+ scholarship program offered through New Horizons South Florida and Overtown Youth Center begins on June 8 and runs Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until June 18. At the completion of the program, each student will sit the CompTIA A+ certification exam, the industry standard for establishing a career in IT.
To qualify for selection, students must be high school juniors or seniors in Miami-Dade County. Exceptions are made for outstanding freshman and sophomores looking to get an earlier start.
About New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of South Florida
Established in 1997, New Horizons Learning Centers of South Florida (NHSF) is the country’s leading IT training provider, with specialized attention paid to individuals, veterans and corporations. NHSF offers cutting-edge courses and teaching strategies that provide a path to success for those seeking to elevate their skills for their 21st Century career in Information Technology and Professional Development. In addition to being an Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces, Florida Trends Best Companies to Work For and South Florida Business Journal Best Places to Work, New Horizons is part of a family of more than 300 computer-training centers in 35 countries. For more information on the campuses in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, visit the website at www.nhflorida.com
About Overtown youth center
Founded in 2003 by NBA Hall-of-Famer Alonzo Mourning and real estate developer Martin Z. Margulies, the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) is a youth development program that provides comprehensive services to at-risk youth and their families, all of whom live in some of the poorest and most underserved neighborhoods in South Florida.
Through its comprehensive model of educational, health, enrichment and exposure opportunities, the services OYC provides foster hope, promote lifelong learning, guide youth development, and strengthen family wellness. Our main goal is to be an integral part of the community, by giving the youth and families in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood and surrounding areas – environments replete with risk factors – wide-ranging educational and exposure experiences that will lead them to lifelong success. The Center has an excellent track record of accomplishing its stated goals. Among its proudest accomplishments is the fact that, since its inception, it has graduated 100% of its high-school seniors and it continues to send most of its graduates to colleges in Florida and other States.
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