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TECH FUNDAMENTALS FALL 2019

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

CITI

388 GREENWICH STREET | NEW YORK, NY 10013


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GRADUATION PROGRAM WELCOME Richard M. Greenbaum, Managing Director, Global Head Technology Infrastructure, Citi Bertina Ceccarelli, Chief Executive Officer, NPower

ALUMNI INTRODUCTION Bertina Ceccarelli

CLASS INTRODUCTIONS Meghan Brown, Associate Director, National Operations, NPower CLASS SPEAKERS

ALUMNI SPEAKER Markenson Joseph NPower New York, Tech Fundamentals Fall 2013 Assistant Vice President, IT Operations, WEDGE Capital Management LLP

Marc Akins NPower New York Brooklyn Tech Fundamentals Fall 2019 Ivis Espinal NPower New York Harlem Tech Fundamentals Fall 2019

CLASS HONORS Helen Kogan, Executive Director, NPower New York AWARDS CITI PRINCIPLE OF INGENUITY AWARD

NPOWER DEFYING ALL ODDS AWARD

Steve Mase, Director Global Quality Assurance Operations, Citi

Christopher Chan and Joseph Rodriguez, Technical Instructors, NPower

NPOWER NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL CORE VALUES AWARD Peter Hancock, Senior Vice President, Client Solutions, Optiv Inc.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER To Be Announced

PROGRAM COMPLETION CERTIFICATE CEREMONY Asia Miller, Social Support Manager, NPower New York–Brooklyn Careline Ruiz, Social Support Manager, NPower New York–Harlem CLOSING REMARKS AND RECEPTION Helen Kogan, Executive Director, NPower New York 1


ALUMNI SPEAKER MARKENSON JOSEPH

NPower New York, Tech Fundamentals Fall 2013 Assistant Vice President, IT Operations, WEDGE Capital Management LLP

“When you give back you never know who you might impress; your next employer, your next mentor, or even just someone who genuinely wants nothing but success for you so they put effort and time into helping you succeed. This is what I found at NPower.”

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CLASS SPEAKER MARC AKINS

NPower New York, Tech Fundamentals Fall 2019

“In life we’re all given a set of keys. It’s our job to find and then drive the car it’s meant for.”

HARLEM

CLASS SPEAKER IVIS ESPINAL

NPower New York, Tech Fundamentals Fall 2019

“I didn’t know if a career in IT was the right choice for me. Could I be good at it? Would I enjoy it? But then my parenting skills kicked in. I didn’t want my children to see me run from a challenge and think that the unexplored avenues of life aren’t worth seeing. I would do this for them.”

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OUR STORY NPower is a national nonprofit that offers an alternative fast-track to tech careers for military veterans, military spouses and young adults from underserved communities in New York, Texas, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Missouri, and Michigan. Our six-month program fuels a diverse pipeline of digital professionals hired into entry-level and mid-level jobs by Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S. Our curriculum equips students to meet marketplace demand—engaging businesses, volunteers and nonprofits in their long-term success. We invest in the growth of our alumni with continued professional development and credentialing.

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NATIONAL

NATIONAL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ADVISORY COUNCIL

David Reilly | Chair Chief Information Officer, Global Banking and Markets Bank of America

Thomas Knowlton Partner and Director of Corporate Practice TCC Group

Luke Chilone | Co-Chair Information Technology Director CVS Health

Matt Horner | Vice Chair Senior Vice President, Global Enterprise Sales World Wide Technology, Inc.

Viola Maxwell-Thompson President and CEO Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF)

Balaji Ganapathy | Co-Chair Head of Workforce Effectiveness, North America Tata Consultancy Services

Gail Fierstein | Secretary Head of People CaaStle

Ramana Murthy Magapu Vice President, Head of Banking and Financial Services, North America Tata Consultancy Services

Anne Gilroy | Co-Chair Senior Vice President Bank of America

Vittorio Cretella | Treasurer Principal VC Advisory Steven Ballantyne Vice President of Product Operations PowerSchool Dean Del Vecchio Executive Vice President, Chief of Operations and Chief Information Officer The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America Guillermo Diaz, Jr. Senior Vice President, Customer Transformation Cisco Systems Edward Fandrey Vice President of Financial Services, US Microsoft Mike Fey Chief Executive Officer Mesosphere Richard M. Greenbaum Managing Director, Global Head Technology Infrastructure Citi Debra King Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Corteva Agriscience

Stephen M. Murphy Financial Services Global Lead Accenture Frank Pedersen Managing Partner GoodScout Christopher J. Perry President, Global Sales, Marketing and Solutions Broadridge Financial Solutions Dan Petrozzo Venture Partner Oak Hill Capital/FT Larry Quinlan Global Chief Information Officer Deloitte Diane Schwarz Senior Vice President, Chief Digital and Information Officer Hunt Consolidated, Inc. Dwight D. Shepherd

REAR ADMIRAL (RETIRED)

President Dwight Shepherd Consulting Josh Sutton Chief Executive Officer Agorai

Steve Mase | Co-Chair Director Global Quality Assurance Operations Citi Pamela Abaza Leader, Emerging Business, Information Technology Innovation and Planning Merck & Co., Inc. Racheal Ankrah-Fosu Former Vice President, Strategy and Business Development Broadridge Michael Barsella Senior Account Executive Cisco David Boyle Principal Ernst & Young, LLP Einat Burshtine Head of Data, Reporting & Analytics for Infrastructure Credit Suisse Joe Carlin Director of Technology Service Delivery Mars, Inc.

Guy Fruda Managing Director East Region, Information Technology Services Deloitte Amy Gnagy Managing Director Accenture Sajawal Haider Chief Information Security Officer Oak Hill Advisors Peter Hancock Senior Vice President, Client Solutions Optiv Inc. Jason Hess Vice President, Global Technology JP Morgan Chase & Co. Daniel Johnson Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer & Head of Innovation Guardian Life Jeffrey M. Kaufman Managing Director Morgan Stanley John O’Brien Senior Director, Security Presales Broadcom Kim Shostak Global Account Manager Hewlett Packard Enterprises

Bertina Ceccarelli Chief Executive Officer NPower

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TECH FUNDAMENTALS FALL 2019 STATISTICS

The curriculum for this program includes a NetAcad learning module courtesy of the Cisco Networking Academy.

88%

GRADUATION RATE

97%

CERTIFICATION RATE

COMPTIA IT FUNDAMENTALS+ / COMPTIA A+

100% INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT RATE *Placement in Progress

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to obtain additional certifications and find a rewarding, fulfilling, and enjoyable tech position.

ASHFAQ AHMED

After graduating from high school, I started working at a tax-filing firm, where I would do basic troubleshooting for the office computers. As I continued working, my interest in the IT field grew, which is why I decided to apply to NPower. It was the perfect opportunity for me to gain technical skills and start my IT career. I gained knowledge, more passion for technology, and most importantly, confidence. I will continue my education in IT and obtain additional certifications so that I can find a job where I am excited every day!

20, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to obtain my MBA and secure a position as a business analyst. Before NPower, I was having a hard time finding a job to support my family. After learning about NPower from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, I decided to apply to the Tech Fundamentals program. I am grateful to NPower because they helped me develop skills like strong communication, time-management, self-motivation, troubleshooting, and networking. With these new skills, I can find more opportunities that I qualify for. My current goal is to focus on my data analytics internship and complete my college education. Further down the line, I plan to get an MBA and work full-time in the fintech industry as a business analyst.

SAMARA AKHTAR

20, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to start my own consulting business.

MARC AKINS JR. 25, Queens, NY

Before starting at NPower, I was studying computer engineering. As my circumstances changed, I needed to take time off and began working at an after-school program. Coincidentally, my employer noticed my knack for technology and encouraged me to apply to NPower! I received the technical skills that one normally wouldn’t find in a traditional school setting. Through the program, I’ve endured tests, not only to prepare for my certification but also for personal growth. Every day was a constant reiteration of how to conduct myself professionally. With my A+ certification as my foundation, I look forward to progressing further in the IT world. I would like to pursue networking, cybersecurity, and cloud. My long-term goal is to start my own consulting business.

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to join the Cybersecurity program at NPower and obtain additional certifications to advance in my tech career.

MASUMA ALI

Before NPower’s Tech Fundamentals program, I was taking college courses and working in retail. With experience solely in retail and hospitality, I wanted to experience other fields. Given my interest and brief knowledge of technology, I found myself searching for a tech internship and discovered NPower. Through Tech Fundamentals, I went from lacking the experience and skillset to gaining technical knowledge and earning my CompTIA A+ certification. NPower has given me hands-on experiences and taught me how to face workplace challenges. I plan to join NPower’s Cybersecurity program and obtain more IT certifications.

24, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to obtain my Security+ certification, become a security analyst and contribute to the success of an organization. Before NPower, I was employed part-time and was on a journey of developing my interpersonal skills. I always wanted a career in IT but needed a platform. Through NPower, I was able to obtain my CompTIA A+ certification and enhance my overall technical skills. NPower opened so many doors for me, and I look forward to seeing the new opportunities that await. I will strive to obtain my Security+ certification and utilize my knowledge and experience to become a security analyst. Broadridge is one of the companies I aspire to work for, on a small or large team.

KEVIN ARAUJO

20, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will continue learning and obtain my Network+ certification and help others find ways to better themselves.

PETER AVILES

23, Brooklyn, NY

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Before joining NPower, I was struggling to find a career path. I tried many different jobs, but never felt fulfilled. Technology has always been a passion; I just needed an outlet to turn that passion into a sustainable career. NPower showed me that I can achieve anything if I set my mind to it and study. Getting my A+ certification through NPower has given me the technical and professional skills necessary to feel confident in front of any tech-based company. Now that I’m certified, I don’t plan to stop learning and growing! My next goal is to get my Network+ certification and teach others how they can do better for themselves with hard work and dedication. In tech, there is room for everyone!


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will expand my knowledge of technology and obtain additional certifications.

SHAVEN BARNES

I grew up acknowledging the impact technology has on our lives and knew I wanted to engage in this field one day. While attending nursing school, I was introduced to the Tech Fundamentals program through an NPower alumnus. I took the opportunity to switch paths and explore my passion. NPower provided me with a platform to educate and steer myself onto the right path. With NPower’s guidance, I have polished my career-building skills, which has led me to earning my CompTIA A+ certification. I will continue to expand my knowledge of IT and obtain many more certifications.

25, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I would like to work on a small team that is passionate about science and technology. I decided to join Tech Fundamentals because I wanted to pursue an IT career. I learned about communication, networking, teamwork, time management, computer skills, customer service, and interview etiquette. I gained a better understanding of the job market and IT as a career. Given the growth and ever-changing nature of IT, I knew that I would need a competitive edge. With the help of NPower, I am prepared to display my knowledge. I would like to work with a small team that is passionate about science and technology.

ASMA BEGUM 23, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will build upon what I learned and find new opportunities to showcase my technical skills. Before NPower, I had a hard time finding my way. Life was unfulfilling, and I wanted to make a personal decision that would advance my career. NPower proved to be a blessing and helped guide me. I learned management and perseverance, which drove me to obtain my CompTIA A+ and prepare for the CCNA certification. I never thought I would have the opportunity to intern at Citibank! I will always be grateful to NPower!

MATTHEW BERNARDO 25, Queens, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will pursue a career in cybersecurity.

TARANJIT BHATTI

24, Queens, NY

Before NPower, I taught sixth grade social studies in New Orleans and later moved to Spain, working with secondary school students as an English counselor. Upon my return to the United States, one of my friends told me about NPower and explained how the program helped him turn his life around. Once I enrolled, the program exposed me to different modes of knowledge and illustrated the versatility of many of the technical skills I was acquiring. The program helped facilitate the growth of my professional networks through weekly guest lectures as well as impactful site visits that prepared me to enter the corporate world. I am now aware of my propensity to learn and hope to use these technology fundamentals to flourish in cybersecurity.

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to secure a position as a desktop support technician and continue to advance my career. Before applying to NPower, I was working at a small retail company, Computer Answers. To further enhance my IT skills, I decided to research technical schools online and found NPower—the perfect fit. NPower granted me the opportunity to enhance my technical skills and guided me towards receiving my CompTIA A+ certification. NPower prepared me for a future career in technology. In line with my future goals, I aspire to start out as a desktop support technician.

DAVID CAO

19, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to complete my electrical engineering education and work for Amazon or Cisco.

ALEX CARCHI

24, Queens, NY

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Before joining the Tech Fundamentals program, I had no clear direction. I had finished my studies and wanted to look for opportunities to learn about the IT field. That is when I decided to join NPower to position me for a future in electrical engineering and to earn more than minimum wage. The experience was great! I learned about IT career paths and gained valuable technical and soft skills. I also learned about setting goals, time management, and what makes a computer network tick. There were times when I doubted myself, but I had help from my classmates and the NPower staff. I now see myself obtaining more certifications in cybersecurity and cloud computing, to go along with my CompTIA A+ certification. I plan to complete my education in electrical engineering and work for a company like Amazon or Cisco.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I would like to work at a large company like Verizon or Citi.

ERIC CELDO

I was searching for an internship and found out about NPower through a job site. I decided to apply because I wanted to gain more IT knowledge and further develop as a professional. NPower taught me troubleshooting, configuring routers, and upgrading hardware. The program also helped me improve my communication skills, allowing me to become more conversational with my peers. I now seek to work with a big team, at companies like Verizon and Citi. My goal is to work towards becoming a network administrator.

23, Staten Island, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to obtain my CCNA Cyber Ops certification and become a SOC analyst. Before NPower, I was attending college and studying computer science. However, due to financial struggles, college was not the best plan. I began working as a machine operator, but I wanted more. Seeking to pursue my passion for technology, I applied for NPower’s Tech Fundamentals program. I have further developed my technical and professional skills. NPower has given me the extra confidence to further my education, specifically in network administration and cybersecurity. I am currently studying for my CCNA Cyber Ops certification and intend to become a SOC analyst. I am grateful to the NPower staff for helping me!

MELVENS CELISCA

25, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to obtain additional certifications in cybersecurity.

ABDUL CHAUDHRY

Before NPower, I knew I wanted to obtain IT certifications, but I didn’t know where to start. NPower presented an outstanding opportunity for me to develop my technical and professional skills. I obtained my first IT certification, CompTIA A+. I also improved my public speaking and interviewing skills. My next step is to work towards cybersecurity and Network+ certifications. In the future, I intend to start my own technology consulting firm providing multiple technological solutions to other organizations.

24, Brooklyn, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS My goal is to continue learning and explore digital forensics.

ANDY CHEN

I applied for the Tech Fundamentals program because I believe that in the ever-growing field of technology it is necessary to have a grasp of the basics. With this, you can branch out into many different sectors of technology and specialize in any discipline you want. Through NPower, I learned the material that CompTIA A+ certification covers and computer troubleshooting steps. The program also provided me with professional development, mock interviews, resume help, conflict resolution, and more. My goal is to get into the field of digital forensics and pursue additional studies.

20, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to obtain additional certifications to be able to launch a video game in the future. Before NPower, I was a parachute rigger in the U.S Navy. After serving my contract, I was interested in technology and enrolled in NPower to diversify my skill sets and get a better understanding of how IT works. I learned about the different paths, fields, and opportunities in technology, as well as how to conduct myself in a business environment. Now that I have acquired my first IT certification (CompTIA A+), I plan to obtain more certifications and eventually launch a video game and video game studio, focusing on black characters and stories.

DYLAN CONLIFFE

25, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to secure a position as a global field technician in order to travel and teach others that are also passionate about technology.

JARED DALEUS

21, Long Island, NY

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Before NPower, I felt that school wasn’t for me. I failed to realize that the issue wasn’t school; rather, I was overwhelmed with multiple subjects at once. Looking for a new experience and opportunity to expand my knowledge, I decided to enroll in NPower. I developed my professional skills and learned that the way you converse with others shows a lot about who you are. All of my experiences were outstanding! The staff educated me on business attire and professionalism. I’m looking forward to starting my IT career and studying for advanced certifications. My long-term goal is to become a global field technician. Through this career path, I will be able to travel around the world to teach and educate those who share a common interest in technology.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to utilize my technical skills and prepare for my career in architecture technology.

CHANDANEE DEODAT

Before NPower, I was in search of the right career, but I needed additional IT experience. At the Borough of Manhattan Community College, I attended a career fair and learned about NPower. The program offered free professional and technical training that would help me launch an IT career. My knowledge of technology has expanded, and the instructor guided me towards earning the CompTIA A+ certification. Looking at my future in architecture technology, I am prepared to put my new skills and knowledge into practice. Joining NPower was one of the best decisions I ever made!

22, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS My goal is to pursue a career in cybersecurity and contribute to an organization where I can grow. Before joining NPower, I was unsure of how to break into the technology world. I searched for a program that would guide me through my career and found out about NPower. The possibility of obtaining the A+ certification drew me in! I was able to develop many technical and professional skills, such as troubleshooting and time management. NPower also showed me the different paths to take, which led to my discovery of cybersecurity. My long-term goal is to join a cybersecurity team.

JUSTIN DIAZ 21, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will continue to gain hands-on experience in the IT field while applying all that I have learned at NPower.

FRANK DOMINGUEZ

Prior to entering NPower, I was fresh out of high school and working as an office intern. I spent most of my time using a computer for work and enjoyed using various technologies in everyday life. I decided to join NPower because I wanted to deepen my understanding of technology. I learned a great deal about the function of computer hardware and how to troubleshoot various problems. NPower also improved my professional skills, such as business writing and communication. I plan to get experience in the field so that I am more proficient. I would also like to take the concepts I have learned and expand on them further.

20, Brooklyn, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I look forward to learning more IT concepts and exploring the field of networking.

HAMED DOUMBIA

I had trouble finding full-time work. I realized that with the help of a dedicated support system, I would find my motivation and secure my next opportunity. The Tech Fundamentals program saved me! NPower gave me the resources to pursue training in IT while refining my professional proficiency. NPower encompasses the virtues of family, education, and support, all in one package. I learned so much in five months and look forward to continuing my IT education in networking.

22, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to start my digital career and work towards a cybersecurity career. When I moved to the United States from Nigeria, I started working in retail. Given my fascination with IT, I knew I would need to pivot and find the right opportunity to prepare me for a technical career. Through NPower, I gained experience in hardware/software troubleshooting and obtained my CompTIA A+ certification. In addition to the technical training, NPower provided me with industry knowledge on how to network and progress in my career. I now want to join the IT workforce and advance towards cybersecurity.

VICTOR EKWEANYA 22, New York, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to start a career in customer service support in cloud computing.

AWAE ELNAW 19, Manhattan, NY

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Before NPower, I had various positions in retail, food service, and nonprofits. I was tech-savvy but wanted to push my technical skills beyond my immediate needs with work and family. The desire to extend this into a career was what drew me to a structured and supportive program like NPower. I developed the technical skills an IT professional needs and reinforced my professional knowledge. Next, I’d like to explore a career in customer service or support in cloud computing.


IN FIVE YEARS I want to secure a position in cybersecurity that involves software building.

MOHAMED ELZOGHBY

I knew NPower would be a great opportunity to expand beyond my coding skills; the program offered a hands-on approach to the hardware and networking side of the field. I was able to refine my career professionally and academically. I was provided with the necessary resources to know what is expected of me as an employee in different work settings. I also acquired the CompTIA A+ certification! I look forward to acquiring advanced IT certifications and aspire to become a network administrator one day. As a long-term career goal, I intend to build software in the field of cybersecurity.

22, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to secure a help desk position and eventually work as a network administrator. Before NPower, I was a food-service specialist in the Army. I joined NPower because I wanted to connect with people but was not sure how to go about it. NPower provided a safe space for me to develop and combine my technical and communication skills. I learned how to collaborate on a professional level. To further apply these skills, I would like to start in a help desk role and eventually work towards a network administrator position. I would also like to be a part of a large team.

ALEX K. FULLER 25, Long Island, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to obtain additional certifications and look forward to a fulfilling digital career.

TAJNIQUE FULLER

Before NPower, I had no clue where my life was headed. It was discouraging because I always had a plan; nothing caught my attention. I was stuck in a part-time job that wasn’t challenging enough. After learning about my friend’s experience at NPower, I did my research and was ready to start my journey into the world of IT. NPower not only helped me with my professional and technical skills, they also guided me towards receiving my first certification, CompTIA A+. Thanks to the support of NPower staff, guest speakers, and my peers, I am more confident about my career path. I look forward to pursuing many more certifications.

24, Long Island, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to further explore the cybersecurity and networking fields and participate in a rotation program at a Fortune 500 company.

ANGELE GLADWELL

I knew I wanted to work with technology but had no idea how to go about getting into the field. With no prior experience and a background in physics, I was unsure where to start. Once I found NPower, I had the opportunity to dive deeper into the field of technology and gain the necessary tools for success. I plan to further explore the fields of cybersecurity and networking. I would especially love to partake in a rotation program at a larger company.

22, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to obtain additional certifications and develop as an IT professional. Prior to joining NPower, I was actively seeking employment in the IT field but encountered difficulties. Through my friend, I learned about NPower’s Tech Fundamentals program and decided to take advantage of the opportunity. The program aligned perfectly with my goals and the vision I set for my future. I obtained my CompTIA A+ certification, gained handson technical skills, developed my professional skills, and learned important life lessons. NPower helped me focus on my career goals and the path I need to take. I am grateful to the staff for helping me find myself. I look forward to obtaining more certifications, such as the CompTIA Network+ and Security+.

CHADIQUE GOODLUCK

23, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will continue learning about networking and further explore cloud computing.

GAIL GOODRIDGE

25, Brooklyn, NY

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Prior to NPower, I was working in childcare. Then I received an acceptance email from NPower, allowing me to transition into a new career! Through NPower’s IT training program, I became motivated and driven to succeed. One of my major accomplishments was earning my CompTIA A+ certification. The site visits and networking opportunities were life-changing. I would love to expand on my networking skills and go into cloud computing. I appreciate NPower for giving me a fantastic foundation. The race is not for the strongest person, nor the fastest. It is for the one who completes the program.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to pursue a career in cybersecurity or secure a position as an AWS architect. Before NPower, I was working as an administrative assistant, and through the role, I acquired an interest in tech. Looking for tech opportunities, I attended an NYC job fair and found NPower! NPower helped me gain the knowledge and fundamentals of tech, which led me to obtain my CompTIA A+ certification. I am interested in pursuing the Network+ certification. I see myself in the field of cybersecurity or working as an AWS architect.

RICK GREEN

23, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I hope to pursue a career in coding or cybersecurity and work at a company where employees are passionate about technology. Before NPower, I worked in the medical and real estate industries. I decided to transition out of those fields because I had a great interest in IT and knew it was an emerging field. Without hesitation, I applied to NPower and looked forward to advancing my career. Upon entering the Tech Fundamentals program, I learned how to dress, speak, and act professionally. Along with the professional and technical training, I met peers and coaches who would help build my professional network. I now look forward to the coding and cybersecurity areas of IT and wish to work with those who share similar interests and goals.

JUN YAO HAN 23, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will strive to obtain certifications in networking and security.

RAYMOND HENDERSON

I have witnessed the advancement of technology and know that this is the future. After acknowledging that I have always been intrigued by technology, I decided to pursue my tech interests with NPower. NPower helped me obtain my CompTIA A+ certification and further develop professional and technical skills. I want to obtain more certifications in the network and security fields. I am forever grateful to NPower for their guidance, professional and technical training, and their dedication to me and every student!

25, Brooklyn, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to combine my psychology education with the technical skills I gained to pursue a career in software development and business analytics.

RIK-YAH HEREFORD

Before discovering NPower, I was working in various customer service and business management roles and studying liberal arts and psychology at Borough of Manhattan Community College. I decided to join NPower because I was interested in learning more about technology. I learned about hardware, software, troubleshooting, and gained hands-on skills. I also received my CompTIA A+ certification, which I plan to utilize in the future. My career aspiration is to combine psychology and technology by working in the field of business analytics and software development.

22, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will continue learning and establishing myself as an IT professional. Before discovering NPower, I felt like I was lacking something that employers seek in potential IT candidates. To make up for this, I enrolled in the Tech Fundamentals program. I further developed my IT knowledge, which led me to obtain my CompTIA A+ certification. The program also helped me gain insight into professional development. I look forward to getting more certifications under my belt and establishing myself in the professional world of technology.

MATTHEW HOANG

23, New York City, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will continue developing my technical skills and pursue a career in AI/Machine learning.

PAIGE HUNTER

23, Brooklyn, NY

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At a young age, I learned about Microsoft, developed basic hardware, and obtained several IT certifications in my country. While pursuing my studies, I participated in various research projects and was commended for my coding skills and my fine grasp of the Linux system. With these experiences, I decided to pursue a career in IT. NPower’s mission to help develop professional and technical skills is exactly what I needed to start. Overall, NPower helped me develop confidence, taught me how to develop professional relationships, and showed me how to utilize LinkedIn. My next step is to obtain my AWS Machine Learning certification and further, develop my skills so that I can work in a field involving AI/Machine learning.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to obtain additional certifications and pay it forward by helping others on this tech journey.

MORELLA JACKSON

22, Brooklyn, NY

Before NPower, I had a difficult time finding a job within the technology field. My cousin told about the NPower program. NPower has helped me grow and develop personally and professionally. I gained hands-on experience and built my professional network. I also obtained my CompTIA A+ certification, learned Cisco networking skills, and increased my drive to become a digital forensic analyst. I am eternally grateful for the supportive staff at NPower. I intend to take what I’ve learned to keep improving myself and helping others along the way. I would also like to obtain more certifications and pay it forward someday. This quote reminds me to keep pushing throughout life: “Relinquish pessimism, trust God, and be determined to excel.”

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to further my education through learning networking and security. Before NPower, I participated in the Brooklyn Job Corps Academy, where I tried and failed the 901 test. Not letting this destroy me, I obtained the IC3 digital literacy and Microsoft Operating System fundamentals certifications. But I wanted more. I found NPower and put all my energy into the program. Life threw difficulties at me, but I refused to stay down and finally obtained my CompTIA A+ certification. But I still want more. Through networking and security, I plan to walk both paths to find where the road will take me. I know it will be long and difficult, but I am prepared and excited to walk down it!

CHASE JOHN

23, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to work for a company that values excellent service and encourages professional growth.

YUSUF JUNJUA

Before NPower, I worked in Walgreens as a cashier with many responsibilities. Although the role was engaging, I hoped for an opportunity to advance my career and improve professionally. Luckily, I learned about the NPower program through a friend. If it were not for NPower, I never would have imagined what it would be like to constantly go to site visits and experience a professional setting. I plan to work in an environment that prides itself on exceptional service and provides an opportunity for professional growth. My dream companies include BuzzFeed, Penguin Random House, and Simon and Schuster.

24, Brooklyn, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to become a network architect and continue to advance my career. My life needed direction, but I didn’t know where to begin! NPower helped me get my foot in the door and provided professional development. I learned how to effectively network, interview, troubleshoot hardware and software, subnet, and provide basic security. Now I am studying for the CCNA exam. I am extremely motivated to advance in my career and become a network architect for Cisco.

MANTAQAA KHAN

21, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will continue developing my programming skills to become a software developer and will be a role model for young women pursuing a digital career. I always loved working with computers and was fascinated by technology. To expand my knowledge in the IT sector, I enrolled in the Tech Fundamentals program. NPower not only taught me the technical skills that I needed to advance in my career, but it also helped me improve my soft skills. I anticipate further developing my programming skill set and becoming a software developer. I also aspire to be a good role model for young women who are interested in IT.

SHABRINA KHANAM

23, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to further my education and start my own nonprofit.

BRIANNAH LAWRENCE

23, Brooklyn, NY

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I joined NPower because I wanted to develop my IT skills. I knew this could provide me and my family a better future, but I didn’t have the resources and didn’t know where to start. Through NPower, I was able to learn about hardware and software and acquired technical skills. I also learned how to focus, pursue my goals, and seek support when I needed extra motivation. I plan to further my IT education and start my own nonprofit. I hope to provide others in my community with a chance to better their lives, as NPower did for me.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I look forward to joining the NPower Cybersecurity class and eventually joining a company that fosters creativity and growth.

JACKY LEE

Before enrolling in NPower, I was confused about what to do as a career. I decided to join NPower because I always loved computers and knew it would be an enjoyable experience. Through NPower, I learned the basics of troubleshooting, operating systems, and networking. I found the experience valuable and quickly put my technical skills to use at home, with projects like configuring SoHo routers. Currently, I’m working towards joining NPower’s Cybersecurity class for further technical experience. I would like to find a role in a creative and growing IT department, for example, at Amazon.

22, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to continue building my professional tech network and give back to future NPower students. Before NPower, I was undecided about what to do with my life. I did not know how to use programs like Excel or PowerPoint, so I went to a free workshop and picked up a new skill. Through this experience, I realized that IT is a career path where you are always learning, which is why I decided to take a chance and join NPower. I found that all the resources were available to me—I only needed to trust the process and do the work. The NPower staff and students were a source of support and motivation; my overall confidence has increased. My goal is to continue to network with tech professionals and give back to the NPower community.

SELENA LOPEZ

23, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I would like to secure a career in network security. NPower was a great opportunity that helped me plan my career path. When I started, I didn’t have any knowledge of technology. However, I had endless curiosity and wanted to learn. I found the material challenging at first, but over time my comprehension of technology improved. I hope to use the knowledge and connections I have gained to further my career in IT, eventually working in network security.

ANTHONY LOPEZ GODINEZ 23, Queens, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to excel at my Citi internship and hopefully extend it into a full-time position. I will continue striving to start a music production company.

BRANDON MAGLOIRE

Even though my path toward a technical career has been riddled with twists and turns, I felt that NPower was always a stop on the way to my final destination. Since enrolling in the Tech Fundamentals program, I have learned the basics of hardware, software, cybersecurity, and operational procedures. These fundamentals aided me in obtaining my CompTIA A+ certification and landing an internship at Citi. I am striving towards my ultimate goal of opening a music production company.

25, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to learn more about cloud technology and AWS and continue enhancing my digital career. After studying computer science, I wanted to start my career in technology. While searching for professional opportunities, I stumbled upon the NPower Tech Fundamentals program and knew this would further develop my passion for the field. NPower offered professional experience and knowledge in IT, as well as a dedicated and supportive staff. I am grateful to be a part of this program and hope to further develop my career. A professional goal I have set for myself is to learn more about cloud technology and AWS.

SIMON MAI

25, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to pursue a career in UI/UX design or cybersecurity and work for a company like Google.

KENYER MALCOLM

19, Brooklyn, NY

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I am grateful for the opportunities NPower has given me. I realized that I wanted to explore more majors and career paths. I decided to lean towards IT. With no experience in the field, I was unsure about where to begin. Luckily, I found NPower. I learned about hardware components and how they lead to a logical and physical understanding of network communications. The program also allowed me to develop soft skills. I would like to have a career in UI/UX design or cybersecurity. It would also be a dream to work for a Fortune 500 company like Google or a Big Four accounting firm.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to start my own company and develop new apps that help others.

JOSHUA MOORE

25, Brooklyn, NY

Before joining the Tech Fundamentals program, I worked as an audiovisual technician. I found the idea of a tech career interesting but didn’t give it serious thought. Then, my friend told me about his journey with NPower and how it changed his life. I went home and researched the program. I figured this would be a good opportunity for me to further my career in technology. I focused on expanding my knowledge and worked towards earning the CompTIA A+ certification. Along with helping me develop technical skills, NPower helped me further develop as an IT professional. I have a new LinkedIn profile to show for it! I would like to enhance my knowledge and start my own business, providing new apps that help people.

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to build upon my technical knowledge and find a fulfilling position in tech. Before joining NPower, I wanted an education in IT. After reading an article in the Wall Street Journal, I realized that technology is a rising field and something I would like to pursue. When I joined NPower, I didn’t have any prior knowledge about technology. I am happy to say that I have completed the program with new technical skills and hands-on experience. I am especially proud of learning how to configure a router and troubleshoot a device! I would like to further my knowledge and obtain a master’s degree in business analytics. Ultimately, I want to merge my knowledge of finance and technology to work in a field that I enjoy.

JASMIN MUNOZ 24, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to obtain additional IT certifications.

ALEXUS MURRAY

Before NPower, I worked in professional kitchens, skincare spas, and retail stores. All of those positions piqued my interest in technology, and I wanted to learn more. I decided to join NPower to learn the fundamentals of IT through a hands-on approach. What I enjoyed most about NPower is the staff’s commitment to keeping me on track. This motivated me to see the program through to the end, even with no prior knowledge of IT. NPower gave me the necessary foundation, from configuring routers to perfecting my interviewing and networking skills. I look forward to earning more IT certifications.

25, Brooklyn, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to turn my Citi internship into a full-time position and work for a large corporation within the IT department.

ALEXIS NEGRON

25, Glendale, Queens, NY

Before joining NPower, I was working as an after-school counselor for the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council. A family friend suggested that I look into NPower because I was always the person to turn to when my family needed IT help. Joining NPower helped me gain technical skills. I learned about the hardware inside the computer, as well as the software that allows you to update the device. I also learned the troubleshooting steps that help you when you need to fix a device as well as protect it. NPower guided me towards an internship with Citibank, where I utilized my newfound technical and professional skills. I envision myself working for Citibank or another large corporation within the IT department.

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to pursue higher education, obtain additional certifications, and establish myself as an IT professional. Before discovering NPower’s Tech Fundamentals program, I was unemployed for six months. I decided to join NPower because I was always interested in the IT field—specifically, cybersecurity and coding. NPower gave me professional and technical skills and guided me towards earning my CompTIA +A certification. NPower truly helped me launch a successful career in IT! I look forward to pursuing more certifications, finishing college, and establishing myself in IT.

ELBA PANIAGUA

25, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will obtain advanced IT certifications.

SERGIO PAREDES

23, Brooklyn, NY

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Before NPower, I was working in different fields to discover what I enjoy doing the most. I was particularly interested in IT and technical work, so decided to follow this career path through the help of NPower. I was taught everything to know about IT, as well as how to make a professional resume and financially better myself. Thanks to NPower I am very wise about how I spend my money. Learning will not stop for me! I am looking forward to getting advanced IT certifications. I look forward to seeing my NPower family and helping each other.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will be enjoying a successful career in networking or cloud computing.

EPHY PAYANO

I worked several jobs with little or no chance of upward mobility. I wanted to establish my career, so I decided to pursue my life-long love of computers. I was fortunate to find NPower and begin my journey. NPower reinforced my technical skills with computers and helped me get my first IT certification. The program reminded me of my strength and perseverance and taught me financial and interpersonal skills. My goal is to earn more IT certifications as I begin my career in networking or cloud computing.

25, New York, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to continue pursuing my passion for technology. Before coming to NPower, I was seeking to achieve my dream of becoming a pro video game player. I tried very hard and turned away from high school, college, and family and friends for this dream. Eventually, I knew I’d have to find another path; I decided to pursue my passion for technology. After applying to NPower, I knew I made the right choice! I joined a class of likeminded professionals who share my goals. Thanks to NPower, I received my CompTIA A+ certification and now have the courage to obtain more.

ARNIRUT POONPOOLPOKE 23, Ridgewood, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to start my own business in game design and graphic design, and eventually branch out into the music industry.

FREDRIC PRIETO

20, Staten Island, NY

Before NPower, I had no idea what I wanted to do professionally or how to start my journey. I had worked at jobs that I wasn’t necessarily keen about or the best at; I knew there was more to achieve. Fortunately, a family member introduced me to NPower, noticing how I’ve always been good at solving problems especially when it involved IT work. I decided to join NPower to get my foot in the door. NPower taught me traditional skills in the IT field, such as basic troubleshooting techniques and networking skills. I also learned the essentials for the workforce, such as being respectful and leaving the best impression. One day, I would like to build multiple companies, involving game design and graphic design, as well as open retail stores and work in the music industry.

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to continue learning and enhancing my technical skills.

NINO PYE

Before NPower, I wanted a career in IT but was unsure how to get my foot in the door. Then I learned about NPower and decided to apply. The first days were the hardest; orientation was nerve-racking, but my hopes were high. I quickly found the program to be engaging and the instructors technically savvy. NPower provided me with the tools and information that I needed to obtain my CompTIA A+ certification. I am eager to face more challenges and be successful in my IT career. I plan to continue my education and obtain additional certifications.

21, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to obtain advanced certifications in networking and cloud computing. Albert Einstein said, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Before NPower, I was transferring from college to college and felt lost in the educational world. I loved technology but didn’t know where to start until I found NPower. I heard multiple success stories from this program, and the networking connections caught my eye. NPower made me more punctual and taught me the best professional skillset to market myself. With my CompTIA A+ certification, I hope to gain more experience in the corporate world and plan to seek more certificates in networking and cloud. I know that my leadership roles in the past and teamwork skills will benefit me.

MOHAMED RAHMAN New York, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to pursue a career in cybersecurity.

OSCAR RODRIGUEZ 23, Queens, NY

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Before enrolling in NPower, I worked as a supervisor in a mini-market. Unfortunately, the business went bankrupt, and I was left without a job. After joining “Intern & Earn” at YAIP, I attended a presentation led by an NPower recruiter. I quickly found that NPower would be my pathway to the IT field. NPower helped me develop professionally and encouraged me to network with other tech professionals. I met supportive staff, peers, and most importantly, became part of a national movement. Now that I have completed the Tech Fundamentals course, my goals are to obtain my Network+ and Security+ certifications. I also plan to use this knowledge to excel in the cybersecurity field.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to obtain a position as a technical project manager and, eventually start my own company.

JORGE ROSALES

21, Brooklyn, NY

Before NPower, I was an assistant manager at Starbucks, struggling to find my passion. I decided to pivot and was referred to NPower. From a young age, I was always tinkering with computers; I built my own gaming PC. I never saw technology as a career choice. NPower taught me the technical fundamentals to get my foot in the door in the IT industry. Above all, NPower helped me create a valuable network of like-minded individuals and regain something I was slowly losing—my confidence. Now, nothing feels impossible! I am driven, more than ever, to succeed. I have already set a short-term career goal, which is to become a technical project manager. Eventually, I want to create multiple innovative companies.

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to establish myself as an IT professional and give back to the NPower community. Before discovering NPower, I was fascinated with how IT has grown and transformed communities. At NPower, I learned how computers communicate through networks and how to troubleshoot technical difficulties. NPower gave me the opportunity to obtain my CompTIA A+ certification. The weekly guest speaker sessions and site visits to prestigious companies gave me a better understanding of how to be successful. The NPower team was supportive and dedicated their time to helping the students succeed. I’m happy to be part of the program and look forward to giving back to the NPower community.

JARON RUAN 25, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to obtain advanced certifications and contribute to an organization as a systems administrator.

HASSNAN SAFDAR

After studying business management and computer science, I had difficulty landing the right job. Through a friend, I learned about NPower and the many opportunities available, so I decided to apply. I’m glad I made that decision; I ended up receiving information on how to be more professional and how to network. I broadened my professional network and obtained an IT certification. I want to continue learning and obtaining more certifications, working towards becoming a systems administrator in a corporate environment.

22, Brooklyn, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to start my career in tech and branch out to video game design.

NASIR SCOTT

Before joining NPower, I was in high school wrapping up my junior year. My cousin talked to me about his experience at NPower, and I was immediately interested. I saw first-hand how the program benefitted my cousin, so I decided to apply to NPower upon graduation. Once accepted, I began soaking up as much knowledge as I could from the instructors and my classmates. The technical and professional skills that I gained strengthened my interest in technology. The growth I’ve found helped me become a better person. My goal is to find a satisfying job in the tech field. For my long-term goal, I plan to design video games.

19, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to start my IT career as a help desk, field technician and advance to other technical areas. Despite my certification in Computer Maintenance A+, I had trouble getting an IT job. I knew my lack of experience held me back, so I decided to start at NPower. I acquired a solid foundation in the technical aspects of IT as well as business, professional, and financial management. I gained the chance to network with different professionals and organizations. I now want to exercise my skills in hardware, software, networking configuration, and troubleshooting as a help desk, field technician, or PC technician. From there, I can venture into the cloud, administrator, infrastructure, or cybersecurity areas.

BRENT SIMON

25, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I would like to secure a position as a network administrator for a nonprofit organization that values my similar passions.

MIHAI SOLTOIANU

20, Queens, NY

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Before NPower, I was a college student struggling to find a field that I was genuinely passionate about. When I finally decided to choose, I was ineligible to begin studying computer science at my college. I had no direction until my sister told me about NPower. I was shocked to find such an incredibly supportive staff who genuinely wanted their students to succeed. The direct hands-on experience and application of the tech skills I learned at NPower were more than I could have hoped for. What NPower has helped me discover is a drive to learn and succeed, something I didn’t know I had. My dream is to become a network administrator for a nonprofit organization that supports a social cause I care about.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I would like to pursue a career in cybersecurity

ISAIAH STEPHEN

From a young age, I had a passion for cybersecurity and wanted to learn more. I began studying intensely in high school. Unfortunately, the people who taught me about cybersecurity were no longer accessible. That is when I discovered NPower. Through the program, I received my A+ certification, and I don’t plan on stopping with just this achievement. I would like to attain more IT certifications within the next year. My hopes for the future include working in cybersecurity; to do so I will further my study with school and in-field experience.

18, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to work for a cybersecurity consulting firm. Prior to NPower, I was working in customer service. I knew that my customer service experience would prove to be beneficial in an IT career, but I didn’t know where to start. With the help of NPower, I gained the technical and professional skills needed to jumpstart my career. Today I am fully equipped to apply my knowledge and skills in a full-time job. My desired career would be working for a cybersecurity consulting firm.

DAVID SVENSON

25, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to join the Cloud or Cybersecurity programs at NPower and eventually work in fintech at Goldman Sachs. Before joining NPower, I worked at St. Francis College and completed an internship at US Mortgage Corporation. I craved hands-on learning in IT and decided to apply to NPower. I learned both hard and soft skills that I will need to advance in my tech career. I would like to join the NPower Cloud or Cybersecurity programs. A professional dream is to work for Goldman Sachs, a leader in fintech.

DA’JOUR THOMPSON

21, Brooklyn, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to combine my passion for music and pursue a career in networking that involves sounds design and communication signaling.

KIMBERLY TIM

Prior to joining NPower, I knew that I enjoyed creating, building, and implementing things. However, I had a limited understanding of the potential careers I could pursue. For this reason, I began to research the professional opportunities and found NPower. NPower provided me with an enriching learning environment that nurtured my passion for the music and tech industries. I feel empowered to find an opportunity that involves sound design and communication signaling in the IT networking field.

19, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to continue pursuing a career in IT and growing as an IT professional. Before NPower, I was looking for a creative outlet. I consider myself to be a creative person and have always looked for ways to express myself. I found the IT field intriguing because it involves creating. Being able to utilize coding programs or linking networks is something that I wanted to pursue. Fortunately, I found the best place to do this—NPower! Not only did I get to express myself through technology, but I was also able to improve my social skills. Now that I have completed the program and grown professionally, I intend to keep pursuing an IT career.

EMELYN TRINIDAD

19, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to become a network administrator. I wanted to gain hands-on experience, so I decided to join NPower. The Tech Fundamentals program enhanced my technical skills and helped me apply my knowledge through an internship. I also learned the fundamentals of IT, which consisted of computer hardware, software, and networks. With this IT knowledge, I took the CompTIA A+ exam and passed on the first try! My plans involve studying for the Network+ and CCNA exam to become a network administrator.

LANKA VIDANAPATHIRANA 21, Queens, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to obtain additional certifications and work at a reputable tech company. Before learning about NPower, I was working at an energy efficiency job on a small team. They taught me professional skills, but they weren’t teaching me the IT skills I craved. Seeking to get my foot in the door, I applied to NPower! At NPower, I learned a great deal, covering hardware, software, networks, and more. Further expanding my knowledge, I plan to obtain more IT certifications. I hope to work at a reputable company.

ANDY C. WORRELL 24, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to establish myself as an expert in the field of information technology. Before discovering NPower, I struggled with finding a direction for my career. I decided to pursue the IT field after contemplating the direction of our workforce and the need for high security. At NPower, I gained a skill set that was needed for the corporate work environment. With the guidance of my instructors, I was able to earn my CompTIA A+ certification. I am now working towards getting the CompTIA Security+ and Network+ certifications while gaining work experience in IT. I hope to become an expert in the field of information security.

JEFFREY XIE 24, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to continue diving deeper in IT and earn additional certifications.

ELBERT YAN

Before NPower, I was preparing for work in the IT field and had a difficult time finding a job. A family friend recommended NPower and told me about the many opportunities that NPower offers. I immediately applied and was accepted. NPower guided me towards my A+ certification and showed me the steps to have a successful career in IT. NPower staff helped me become a better communicator and showed me how to use my time wisely. I am thankful for being part of this program and will carry all the lessons I have learned with me. For my next endeavor, I plan to gain more certifications and expand my IT knowledge.

24, New York, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to pursue an exciting career using technology to build and program automobiles.

SHAHBAZ YOUNAS

Before NPower, I was very interested in technical boot camps, but due to financial reasons, I was unable to join. Fortunately, I discovered NPower, and the same resources were now available to me! Through NPower, I have gained networking, time-management, and technical skills, all of which have contributed to my boost in confidence. I find my experience with NPower to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience! My long-term goals include building and programming automobiles or working for companies like Microsoft or Tesla.

21, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to become a system or network administator. I struggled to find an IT job due to my lack of experience in the field. Fortunately, I discovered the Tech Fundamentals program, which helped me get on track to learn more about the IT field. NPower helped me with professional development, knowledge, and getting my foot in the door. After receiving my A+ certification, I’m interested in pursuing my Network+ and AWS cloud certifications. I hope to become a system or network administrator.

JACKY YUE 23, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I hope to secure a full-time desktop support role and work towards becoming a system administrator.

ALEX ZADOROZHNY 21, Brooklyn, NY

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Before NPower, I was working part-time as a lifeguard. After struggling to find direction and realizing that lifeguarding wasn’t a viable career choice, I discovered NPower. I knew the Tech Fundamentals program would provide me with the knowledge, skills, and foundation to start a career in the growing field of tech. I learned the ins and outs of computer hardware, fundamentals of networking, operating systems, software troubleshooting, and an extensive list of other computer-based topics. NPower provided me with the opportunity to meet seasoned IT professionals who shared their experiences and let us pick their brains. Today, I am A+ certified and motivated to pursue another Network+ certification. With these credentials, I hope to secure a full-time desktop support role and work towards becoming a system administrator.


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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to become a successful IT professional. Before NPower, I was earning minimum wage and had to drop out of college due to financial difficulties. I felt like I was working endless jobs just to get by. NPower was a lifeline! My cousin who had completed the program introduced me to this wonderful opportunity. My time at NPower has been productive and informative, from learning the fundamentals of IT to visiting corporate sites and learning about their cultures. I am grateful for this experience and thank the NPower staff for helping me realize my dreams.

NANA AGYEMAN

25, Westchester County, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to continue enhancing my skills with NPower and receive my Security+ certification. I want to use my knowledge and skills in an IT or financial services role to meet the great market demand. Prior to NPower, I was pursuing a degree in accounting. I had always been interested in technology and wanted to find a way to merge the two disciplines. During my time in Tech Fundamentals, I have taken advantage of the career-building workshops, class curricula, and the professional development events at partner sites. The knowledge, skills, and connections I have made during my time in the program will always stay with me. Thank you, NPower!

GEOVANNY ALVAREZ

24, Manhattan, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I would like to pursue a career in the cybersecurity field.

WENDY AMBROSIO

22, Bronx, NY

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Before NPower, I was unsure of the next steps to advance my career. I remember attending an information session at my school and thinking that NPower would be an ideal fit. I didn’t know a lot about technology but figured it couldn’t hurt to learn more. At first, I doubted my decision. I struggled with the material and started second-guessing if this was for me. After a few weeks, I began to master my studies to complete my certifications. I also learned valuable professional skills. I am thankful for the resources NPower gave me. I learned not only exam-taking skills but also valuable life skills that I can apply in my future career.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to further develop my technical skills through learning about cybersecurity and cloud computing.

RIJA BAIG

Before NPower, I was searching for direction in life. Even though I had graduated, I was unsure of my career path. Taking a leap of faith with NPower has truly been a transformative experience. I came into the program with limited technical knowledge and worked hard to fill that gap. I had an insatiable hunger for knowledge that stayed with me during the guest lectures, labs, and preparation for certifications. NPower gave me a solid foundation to start my IT career. The staff members were committed to our professional growth, and with their consistent support I became more confident in my abilities as a young professional.

25, Manhattan, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to become a desktop technician and eventually obtain a role at a tech corporation. Before NPower, I was pursuing my computer science degree and struggling to pay off bills. My father introduced me to video games when I was young, and I knew that I was destined to be in the IT field. A friend, also an NPower graduate, introduced me to the program. I found it was the best step forward in starting a career. NPower helped me build my social and professional skills and confirmed my passion for technology. During my time at NPower, I obtained my CompTIA ITF+ and my A+ certifications. NPower created an enjoyable and educational experience which helped me and my peers pursue the jobs we desire. I want to build upon what I learned and gain experiences to showcase all I have to offer.

KENNETH BAILON

23, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to dedicate my career path to cloud services and infrastructure.

ESTEBAN BERNAL

Prior to joining NPower, I was unable to find a job or successfully interview. Through an online search, I learned about NPower and how the program helps young adults launch IT careers. At first, I was unsure if this was the career for me. I questioned whether I had the necessary skills to work in IT. NPower helped me increase my self-confidence as well as my technical knowledge. The program helped me understand the value that I can bring to any company or organization. After completing the program, I know that I have what it takes to succeed. I am grateful to NPower for giving me the opportunity to learn, network, and more importantly, to believe in myself.

25, Queens, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will use my skills attained through NPower to advance into a cybersecurity career.

FRANK BISONO

Prior to NPower, I worked in retail for six years. I felt stuck; it seemed there was no way out. My wife, who wanted to see me happy, volunteered to support us while I sought a new career path that I would enjoy. A few months later, I learned about NPower from my local HRA, and my life changed. I progressed from a tech novice to an IT tech intermediate. I thank NPower for all the help and care they provided. This experience has truly changed my life.

25, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to work in the IT field within the entertainment or music industry. Prior to NPower, I was working multiple jobs and trying to obtain my associate’s degree in literature. I decided that pursuing additional degrees wasn’t for me. One of my friends recommended NPower, and I decided to enroll and make a change for the better. Throughout this amazing journey, I have been able to meet great people and learn from dedicated teachers.

CHRISTIAN CASTRO

25, New York, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to work in the tech industry while continuing to expand my knowledge of IT.

KENNY CHI

25, Queens, NY

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Prior to NPower, I worked full-time as a cellphone representative for seven years. I started working straight out of high school because I didn’t think that higher education was for me. I felt stuck and did not see a bright future. I was miserable, and life seemed to be passing me by. I was hesitant when I first heard about Tech Fundamentals, but I decided that I had nothing to lose. After the first day of classes, I knew that I would enjoy the program. I always had an interest in technology, but through the program, I realized it was my passion. I began to understand the importance of learning something new at every point in life. The program not only provided me with an education, it also showed me that studying is not boring or pointless if you are interested in what you are studying. Thank you, NPower, for giving me the hope and guidance I was critically lacking.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I hope to become a network and systems administrator.

ALFREDO DEL RIO-SANTOS

Before joining NPower, I struggled to stay motivated. I took advantage of the Learning-to-Work program which placed me at different internship sites. One of the program administrators noted my interest in technology and told me about NPower. The instructors and students saw my potential and encouraged me to apply. Through the program, I’ve had the opportunity to enhance my knowledge of networking, operating systems, and much more! My instructors and peers have made this experience a fruitful one.

20, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to continue on this path and firmly establish a career in IT. Before NPower, I was a correctional officer, but I knew it wasn’t something I wanted to do as a long-term career. I’ve always had a passion for technology, but I didn’t know how to turn it into a career. When I discovered NPower, I finally had the opportunity to start a career where I could grow. NPower has been very helpful with networking, mentorship, internship placement, and most importantly, learning! It was a great opportunity to better myself.

ANDRYSAILYS ENCARNACION 25, Manhattan, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will have permanent employment and will be able to support my children.

IVIS ESPINAL

Before NPower, I worked in jobs where I felt unchallenged. My quality of life was not getting better. After I had my first child, I went to college to earn a degree in accounting. When I had my second child, I had to leave college and look for jobs to provide for my family. My mom recommended NPower, so I decided to give it a chance. I came into the program with no IT experience, but pushed myself to learn and create better opportunities for my family. Thanks to my time in Tech Fundamentals, I was able to acquire the CompTIA ITF+ certification, and I am now working to obtain my ITIL certification.

25, Bronx, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to gain professional IT experience and put into practice what I’ve learned in class.

NANIE GAMBOA 25, Bronx, NY

Before NPower, I was a full-time student eager to enhance my knowledge of programming languages and web development that I had taught myself. After continuously trying to find a program that fit my needs, I eventually gave up and focused on school. Even though I was studying computer science, my desire to learn more about technology was not being fulfilled. I received an email about an NPower information session. After doing my research, I felt assured that NPower could provide me with the technical advancement I needed. My time at NPower has given me the ability to improve myself as a business professional. My teamwork and communication skills have increased tremendously. NPower also gave me the ability to reflect on my own values and goals. I now have a bright future!

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will be successfully running my family’s business. Prior to NPower, I worked in retail for six years and felt it was time for a change. Although I had an interest in technology, I didn’t have a technical background. I knew that I would have to first learn the basics, but I knew I could do it. I am a better version of myself today than I was yesterday. This is my reminder to be receptive to the unknown and open-minded to new things. The staff showed me how to lead by example. Along with my peers, I acquired emotional intelligence and professional skills. After earning my ITIL and A+ certifications, I will remain open-minded to the endless possibilities in life.

MARQUIS GIDDIENS

25, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will be employed at a company working in a position I enjoy.

VICTOR GUERRERO

22, Bronx, NY

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Before NPower, my life consisted of a vicious cycle of classes, internships, and jobs. I was trying to find opportunities that would help me achieve my goals and improve my resume. Two of my connections introduced me to NPower. I knew this program would give me the opportunity to pursue my love for technology, obtain certifications, and use my knowledge to obtain a tech position. The instructors and my classmates were always helpful and showed so much passion for technology! This fueled my will to learn and excel. Currently, I am pursuing my second certification and looking forward to my upcoming internship.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to continue my education and become an entrepreneur.

ALEXANDER GUZMAN

When I graduated from high school, I was unsure about the direction of my life. I knew that I was interested in technology, but I always considered it a hobby since I had limited resources to access it as a career. Lost and with no plan, I listened to people’s advice and started college. Like many others, I realized that college wasn’t the right path for me, so I dropped out. In college, I joined YAOI, a program that helped with job readiness and interviewing skills. The director of YAOI noticed my interest in computers and suggested I join NPower to help me gain technical skills. Through NPower and my own skill and determination, I now have the confidence to plan my future.

20, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will start my career in IT while continuing to study mechatronics. Growing up, electronics was a big part of my life. I played video games and was the one my family came to when devices weren’t working. I enjoyed learning new things. As I got older, I decided to pursue a diverse career that I would enjoy. One day, I came across an NPower poster at my school and decided to try it. I enjoyed the classes, doing the coursework, and studying on my own. Thanks to NPower, I found the resources to gain a well-paying job, a stable career, and a bright future.

SHAWN HALL

23, New York, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will acquire my Network+ and Security+ certifications and pursue a career in cybersecurity.

CELSO HERNANDEZ

Before NPower, I was working part-time. After graduating from high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. College wasn’t something I wanted to pursue. When I received an NPower flier from school, I knew immediately that it was the program for me. As a child, I was always interested in computers and technology. Through NPower, I sharpened my computer skills and gained hands-on experience with IT basics. I also learned entrylevel networking and security and obtained my ITF+ and A+ certificates. NPower offered amazing resources, from guest lectures by established IT professionals to professional development workshops to advance your career.

23, New York, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will have a rewarding career in IT project management.

RAMON HINOJOSA

I grew up not knowing what my strengths were or what I wanted to do in the future. In college, I realized that I was good at math, but I didn’t have a passion for it. I decided to start over and work in various industries. After two years, I realized that technology was the best fit. A friend who was in Tech Fundamentals encouraged me to apply. When I was younger, I was told that you can be whatever you put your mind to. Because of NPower, I am passionate about technology and have the technical skills to become whoever I want in this field.

25, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to continue my education with NPower and then pursue a career in project management. Prior to NPower, I was unemployed and unsure of my career path. I was forced to leave college before graduating, but I didn’t want to give up on furthering my education. After four years of college and switching majors, I regretted not pursuing IT and thought it was too late. I took the advice of a friend who referred me to NPower. NPower gave me the necessary tools and experience to succeed in IT, something I never thought I would be able to do. During my time at NPower, I gained ITF+ and ITIL certifications, a variety of marketable skills, and valuable connections and friendships. I am eternally grateful to NPower! Special thanks to Kwasi Mensah, Careline Ruiz, and Joseph Rodriguez for helping me better myself.

ASHLEY JAIME 23, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to obtain a tech position, confidently build upon it, and create a successful career.

ISAIAH JOHNSON

20, Queens, NY

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Before NPower, I was enrolled in some college classes, but I took a break to work full-time as a receptionist at an investment bank. I was unsure of my career path and whether I should resume college when I discovered NPower. It sounded like an amazing opportunity. I have enjoyed working with computers since high school. From the first weeks of class, I knew this was the right decision as it was the most engaging educational experience in my life. It was evident that the instructors and staff were really passionate about their work. The experience would not have been the same without them. When I joined NPower, I was only interested in developing my technical skills to start my IT career, but the program helped me realize how soft skills are just as important as technical knowledge.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will be A+ certified and will continue pursuing my dream of becoming a computer engineer.

FREDI JUAREZ

Before NPower, I was working a dead-end job and feeling overworked and stuck. I had taught myself some basic technical skills in pursuit of a computer engineering career. Struggling to pursue that goal, my old high school guidance counselor suggested a few programs. NPower stood out as having the most resources. Through Tech Fundamentals, I expanded my prior knowledge of hardware equipment to include networks, concept of raid, Android OS, and Mac iOS, and I also earned my ITF+ certification.

19, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will continue to learn and claim my space as an IT professional. Before NPower, I was pursuing an accounting degree. I ran into a wall and needed to take a break to reconsider my path. My brother suggested I look into NPower. The first weeks were challenging as I struggled to understand the new curriculum. Soon, I started to enjoy what I was learning. NPower helped me develop the soft skills I lacked. My time at NPower has been well worth it. I have a different perspective on life. I see each day as a new opportunity for self-improvement; I am more passionate and determined. I thank all the NPower staff for motivating me to learn and teaching me how to apply what I have learned to my upcoming career.

SUNGHYUN KIM

23, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to join NPower’s Cybersecurity program and pursue a career in cybersecurity. Before NPower, I had graduated from high school and was trying to figure out adulthood. I really didn’t have a vision for my future. I had an interest in technology since I was young, so I decided to build upon that. The Tech Fundamentals program has been a tremendous experience in expanding my knowledge, networking, and furthering my interest in IT. I know that I can build a career within this field.

JENNESSY LALL 20, Bronx, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I am committed to pursuing a career in cybersecurity where I can apply my knowledge of computer science and tech fundamentals.

MELANIE MARCELINO

I had been struggling to advance my career in IT, due to a lack of resources and guidance. I was at a point in life of extreme uncertainty when I attended an NPower information session at my community college. NPower provided me with the opportunity to access resources, make connections, and learn everything I needed to build a solid foundation. I was able to network with female IT executives who looked just like me. Throughout the program, I developed as an IT professional and embraced becoming a better version of myself through learning. My instructor’s passion for the technology that goes into securing and managing critical information was an encouragement for me to pursue a career in cybersecurity.

21, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to continue to learn and grow in the IT field and beyond. I will acquire the tools needed to develop professionally and remain emotionally and mentally strong. Prior to NPower, I was a waitress at a small restaurant and attending school. I was unfulfilled taking classes. After completing two years, I found myself in debt and confused about my future. I continued floating from job to job, and realized that if I stayed on this course, I would never have a career or financial security. I decided that this could not be my reality. NPower gave me the opportunity to meet gifted individuals, who motivated, encouraged, and aided me in my journey to completion. I will always be sincerely grateful for this experience. Thank you, NPower.

AZALEA MOORE 21, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will enroll in NPower’s advanced programs and pursue a career as a cloud engineer.

JOSHUA MORTON

25, Manhattan, NY

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Before joining NPower, I was studying computer systems technology, but I was unsure whether this was the career I wanted to pursue. Time and chance aligned, and through a conversation with my doctor, I discovered NPower. I knew I needed direction and embraced the prospect of receiving some. During my time at NPower, I further enhanced my solid technical foundation. I developed my networking and interview skills and obtained my ITF and A+ certifications—all for free! NPower has transformed my life by exposing me to resources that will help me succeed in a tech career.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I would like to expand my knowledge in the IT field and continue learning to create my desired career path.

NICOLE ORTEGA

Before NPower, I was working in various retail jobs and felt dissatisfied. I was hungry for change and for a career that would provide financial stability. One day, a customer told me about NPower. Initially, I didn’t follow up on the opportunity because I worried that with my lack of technical knowledge or experience I would fail. I decided to give it a chance regardless of the outcome. At first, I was uncomfortable, but my instructors reassured me that everything was going to be okay. NPower has tremendously helped me in every aspect of my life. Now I’m ready to use the skills I learned!

25, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will be working in a tech position and paying it forward as a thank you for this opportunity and the others I have had. Before NPower, I was drifting. I was trying to forge a path to better myself, working two jobs, taking care of my ill mother, and feeling stuck and overwhelmed. I had to quit college, and even my successes in the service industry felt minimal. I was ready for a way out and something new. In high school, my technology teacher recognized my technical aptitude and encouraged me to pursue an IT career. My friend, an NPower alumnus, recommended that I apply to the program. NPower took me in and gave me the tools—internships, technical training, and networking opportunities— to take control of my life. I now see a clear pathway and a bright future. I’m ready to forge ahead!

ANGEL PEÑA 25, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I aspire to further my knowledge in cybersecurity and become a cybersecurity analyst.

MAYRENIS PENA

Before NPower, I knew where I wanted to go but had no idea how to get there. My plan was to pursue a degree in forensic science. Unfortunately, due to difficulties in my personal life, I was unable to attend class. In order to take care of certain situations, I put a pause on my education. After being introduced to NPower, my life has positively changed. I am now motivated and eager to further my education. NPower has provided me with an abundance of resources to help me get to where I need to be.

19, Bronx, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I hope to have a successful career as an application coder, infrastructure engineer, or technical support engineer.

LAZARUS RIVERA

Before NPower, I worked a very physical and demanding job and felt like my talents were being underutilized. I was tired of being stagnant and wanted something more fulfilling. A friend reached out and suggested that I apply to the Tech Fundamentals program. Initially, I thought the program would only help with learning the basics of IT, but it taught me so much more. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity. I hope I to contribute to NPower in the future.

25, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS My goal is to work in web design and UI/UX, utilizing my creative talents to the fullest. When I first heard about NPower, I was apprehensive. I wasn’t sure I was the right fit for the program. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle the content. After attending an NPower Women in Tech event, I got the push and courage I needed to apply. I was thrilled when I was accepted! I love learning and expanding my horizons. NPower has given me endless opportunities to do that. I am grateful to NPower and hope to continue finding my place in the tech field.

CELINA RODRIGUEZ

24, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to work for a company that will allow me to grow as a professional and as a person.

STEPHANIE RODRIGUEZ 25, Bronx, NY

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Before NPower, I was unsure of my future. Even though I was knowledgeable in my work and remained dedicated to whatever I put my mind to, I didn’t feel that spark that this would be my future career. I’m grateful that a former colleague directed me to NPower. During my time in Tech Fundamentals, my confidence in working within a professional environment increased, my knowledge of IT went from clueless to continual learner, and my future has never felt brighter. I will forever be grateful to NPower, my classmates, the Harlem site staff, and those who have supported me along the way.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will continue taking the initiative to grow and learn in IT.

JORGE SABA 23, Bronx, NY

Before NPower, I was satisfied working minimum wage jobs and wasn’t striving for anything much in life. I realized that my job wasn’t going to last forever and that stagnation would lead to misery for me and my loved ones. I learned about NPower from a close friend, and after some research, I knew that this was my opportunity to break into the IT field. My initiative and drive to succeed propelled me forward and pushed me to learn as much as possible. The program taught me the necessary soft and hard skills to further my career that I wouldn’t have otherwise learned. In these last few months, I’ve learned to stay hungry and driven and take advantage of this time so I won’t have any regrets.

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to enroll in NPower’s Cybersecurity program or pursue a Salesforce administration certification while working in a long-term contract or full-time job. Before NPower, I was working as a tech contractor while picking up catering shifts. I applied to NPower because one of my contract’s leads, an NPower alumnus, highly recommended the program. My time at NPower sharpened my professional and time-management skills. I was able to better collaborate with people from different backgrounds and in different environments. NPower has tremendously helped me on my journey to a successful career.

XAVIER SANCHEZ 23, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will strive to become a cybersecurity specialist.

AHMAD SERRANO

Before NPower, I didn’t know what I wanted to focus on in life. After high school, I tried finding employment, but I couldn’t find work due to lack of experience. I tried college, but I found that it wasn’t for me. After I left, I worked in the IT department for the Metropolitan Hospital. It was the best experience I ever had; it sparked my interest in IT. I heard about NPower through an information session at my local NYCHA center. I have met wonderful people and gained an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of IT. Through this program, I earned my ITF+ certification and am studying for my A+. I will always remember my experience at NPower.

21, New York, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to continue to earn certifications and pursue a career in cybersecurity.

CESAR SOTO

24, New York, NY

Before NPower, I felt anxious and defeated. I had no idea how my life would pan out. I remember going to the website and thinking the program was too good to be true. Since joining, I’ve developed professional skills and learned how to deal with problems that had become barriers in my life. During my time at NPower, I have learned about various IT fields and how to network effectively. I connected with a great community that has shown so much support. I’ve enjoyed every part of the program—the interactive classroom lectures, the professional development workshops, the informative guest lectures, and the site visits that sparked strong ambition. Thanks to NPower, I found a new passion, developed relevant life skills, gained certifications, and created a plan that will allow me to have a successful future.

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I would like to pursue a career in cybersecurity. NPower has been a milestone. Prior to joining, I was confused about my professional future. I was stuck in a job with no opportunity for advancement. I had taken an online IT course, but the tests to get certified were very expensive. My wife, an alumna of Tech Fundamentals, recommended NPower. My time in the program has been even better than I imagined. NPower provided the support I needed to succeed and the skills necessary to pass the certification exams. The program showed me how to carry myself as a professional, which was a skill that I lacked. I built strong bonds with the staff and my fellow classmates. Thanks to NPower, my future is now clear, and the dreams and aspirations shaped in these 26 short weeks are now attainable.

ESTEBAN VALDES

24, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I want to secure a position where I can continue learning and expanding my experiences in this field.

JAREL VARGAS

20, Bronx, NY

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Before NPower, I worked several jobs as I tried to find a perfect fit that would allow me to learn more about IT. I wanted to attend college, but I couldn’t afford it and did not want to spend years chasing after a degree. I was always intrigued by technology and how it shaped our lives. From the beginning, I knew this program was for me. The knowledge and skills that I’ve attained are gifts that I will always appreciate. The hands-on experiences and site visits, along with guest lecturers, were great indicators of what to expect in the real world. I plan to put all of what I’ve learned into practice and use what I’ve learned to give back to my community.


IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will continue to learn. I also want to inspire women like myself to take the leap of faith into tech.

MARCIA VASQUEZ

Before coming to NPower, I was stuck. It seemed like the road ahead wouldn’t allow me to grow professionally. I didn’t realize how much my life would change at NPower. The knowledge I have gained and the opportunities to network with people in the field have been invaluable. Although at times I felt that I was several steps behind my classmates, I was determined and worked hard to learn the material. I am grateful that NPower gave me the opportunity to learn and enter the tech world.

25, Queens, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to pursue an IT consulting career and obtain many more certifications. I started college because I thought I wanted to become a stylist. Then I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian. Due to financial constraints, I was unable to pursue those careers. I began to research programs that could help me quickly create a better future and found NPower. As a Latina woman in STEM, this was my chance to secure a better and stable future. I began the program only knowing how to turn a computer off and on. With the help of my instructors and colleagues, I learned that if you’re really hungry for something, you’ll starve until you get what you want. I was struggling with college debt, dealing with a pending eviction, and barely working enough hours at my retail job to make ends meet. It was challenging to maintain a work-life-school-balance, but I’m happy to say that my NPower family and I finally made it.

JOULEE VIVAR 20, Bronx, NY

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I will be a successful IT professional.

KAREEM WILLIAMS, JR.

Before NPower, I was working part-time at an afterschool summer camp. Even though I loved working with children, I knew that job was temporary. NPower was a blessing. I had gone to college for computer science, but I didn’t receive my degree and felt like I had wasted my time. I was tired of working part-time. A friend recommended the Tech Fundamentals program, where I could build a technical foundation that would be useful in the future. I have already gained my first certification, and I’m looking forward to earning more! I’m thankful that I’ve learned both technical and soft skills, such as interviewing and resume building.

22, Manhattan, NY

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IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to pursue my tech career and help others who were lost the way I was.

SHAHRUKH ZAMAN

23, Queens, NY

When I discovered NPower, I felt lost in a herd. I needed guidance. As a child, I learned how technology helps people communicate from one side of the planet to another. Without technology, we would never have been able to put a man on the moon! This just fascinated me. Along with my passion for technology, I also love helping people and seeing their faces light up. That feeling of happiness cannot be replicated. NPower has helped me find my purpose by linking my passions. My time at Tech Fundamentals gave me the tools to succeed. I have created and maintained great habits these last six months, from studying to understanding emotional intelligence and how we can apply it at work and at home. With these tools, I no longer feel lost in the herd.

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I plan to pursue a cybersecurity career and learn the skills needed to be a cloud professional. NPower has dramatically changed my life; I am grateful for this opportunity. Through this program, I was able to get my foot in the door of the IT corporate world. I have learned more in these past six months than I ever expected. I came to NPower with basic technical knowledge and left with the skills, knowledge, and experiences to enhance my IT career. I plan to use my new skill sets and on-the-job experience to become a seasoned IT professional. I want to give back to this program as a thank you for helping me so much. I cannot wait to see what the future holds!

SUMAIYA ZAMAN

23, Queens, NY

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CONGRATULATIONS HARLEM TECH FUNDAMENTALS FALL 2019!


LAUNCHING TECH CAREERS. TRANSFORMING LIVES. NPower’s model is a solution to building a diverse tech pipeline. Our graduates launch tech jobs with an average starting salary of $41,000–$60,000 and are positioned to advance their career path, enabling them to earn more than their peers in lower-wage jobs. Higher earning potential is the key to breaking generational cycles of poverty, positioning our students and their families to achieve long-term economic success.

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WE ARE THE FUTURE OF WORK Through partner and tech industry collaboration, our free training model is a workforce development solution for the future. We prepare untapped, diverse talent to fill the nearly 6 million jobs expected to require tech skills by 2020. Our graduates of over 4,000 veterans and young adults are hired at over 200 companies and nonprofits as interns and full-time employees. NPower is on a mission to place 15,000 young adults and veterans into quality jobs or continuing education by 2023. Part of this goal is our ‘40 by 22’ initiative, which aims to advance more young women of color in tech careers. This initiative is supported by the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative.

80%

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THANK YOU... TO OUR EMPLOYMENT PARTNERS, SPONSORS & FUNDERS The Achelis and Bodman Foundation

East Brooklyn Community High School

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Bank of New York Mellon

Harlem Children’s Zone

Sara Computers Incorporated

Birch Family Services

The JetBlue Foundation

SAP

BlackRock

JobsFirst NYC

Scan New York

Bloomberg L.P.

M.S. 113 Ronald Edmunds Learning Center

Solarus Technologies

Manhattan Star Academy

State Street Foundation, Inc.

Bridge Street AME Church Citi Citi Foundation Columbia Law School Columbia Teachers College

Morgan Stanley New York Community Trust The New York Foundling

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New York Hall of Science

Deloitte

NYC Criminal Justice Agency

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St. John’s Bread and Life Studio Museum of Harlem Tiger Foundation United Way (NYC) Urban Justice Center William Randolph Hearst Foundation


TO OUR VOLUNTEERS Accenture Catherine Brown Lauren Burns Anisha Chandra Josiah Edouard Sana Hashim Kanna Jeyaseelan Sarah Jeyaseelan Kinjal Jhaveri Sara Leeds Neha Manchanda Kayo Ogunwale Avery Pearce Francesca Polycarpe Srishti Shrivastava Darnel Thompson* Tung Yan Lau Carmen Zens AMA Diane Arthur Barbara Biziou Jill Greenbaum Marina Marmut Tom Soden Bank of America Ferrel Garcia* Rashmi Javed Anne Matrone Alex Sullivan Pablo Ursic Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Pilayne Franklin Bloomberg Chris Michel

BNY Mellon Elizabeth Agosto Sayef Ahmed Arvin Andrada Diane Chan Andrew Conde Nia England Jasmine Francis Lami Garber Maria-Kristina Hayden Diane Horsford Min-Ji Huh Jozanne Joseph Peter Lashenick Yinka Madden Marlen Neris-Almonte Ting Pan Melissa Paniccioli Jerry Proctor Arthur Rabatin Parkisha Rajbhandari Shyamal Sen Yun Xiao Broadridge Christine Allers Sherwin Cadore Janette Gleyzer Pamela Lilienthal Phil Lovegrove Admir Milla Lenore Shimon Erica Thompson Judy Winter-Giella CBS Arlie Marte* Cisco Michael Barsella Florent Dalencourt Kathy Gandionco Phil Gunther Cliff Thomas Citi Sridhar Krishnamurthy

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NPower Staff Amanda Santiago Joanna Rouse Poet’s House, Inc. Bleuberthol Scott* Salesforce Kwabena Agyemang Nolan Barrett Dustin Bell Ashley Bombard Yina Chun Marissa Coronado Matt Di Rubio Vanessa Erguizata Jeff Fleishman Nicole Gallant Justin Goeman Scott Gordon Kim Hudson Jonathan Jager-Hyman Kirstin Jamieson Andrew Katz Amar Ladhar Alberto Lellino Thomas McGuire Brandon Murray Esther Nai Devra Noren Heeyeon Park John Reuter Walter Romanski Steven Schliem Michael Silva Alexzander Thompson Laura Vas Nicole Zamalin

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NPOWER SUPPORTERS UNDERWRITERS | $750K+

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PARTNERS | $100K+ The Abell Foundation

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Emerson

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American Express

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Atlas

Craig Newmark Philanthropy Fund

Workday

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SUPPORTERS | $50K+

Capital One

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JobsFirstNYC

Verizon

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TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS Cisco Systems

HPE

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NPower New York Tech Fundamentals Fall 2019  

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