Gov. Wolf awards NuPaths Pre-Apprenticeship, Industry Partnership grants following year of growth

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NuPaths, an alternative education company co-founded by Harrisburg University to prepare students for well-paying, in-demand, entry level roles in Information Technology (IT), has been awarded several state grants by Gov. Tom Wolf to support its innovative IT workforce development programs.

Launched in 2018, NuPaths is a 6-month college alternative for recent high school graduates, veterans, and career-transitioning employees. Students learn the IT skills and receive the industry-recognized certifications needed to enter today’s IT Job market. NuPaths also works with high school seniors through programs embedded into the school day. In its first year, NuPaths experienced tremendous growth and Gov. Wolf’s support will help expand its programs that provide job-specific skill sets for technical support, software testing, digital marketing and IT security operation center positions.

NuPaths received three grants totaling $180,000 through Gov. Wolf’s first PAsmart Apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants allocation of $5.3 million to organizations throughout southcentral and southeast Pennsylvania. NuPaths will also provide its services through an additional $130,000 in partner grants awarded to two human services organizations for IT training and certifications.

“Building the strongest workforce in the nation requires a flexible workforce development system that adapts to meet employers’ needs,” said Gov. Wolf. “These PAsmart grants will provide innovative career development opportunities for students, workers, and job seekers to equip them with the skills and credentials that regional employers are seeking.”

NuPaths was awarded the following grants:

  • A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant to maximize the impact of efforts on economic growth and improve the quality of education outcomes in the program’s five IT pathways and allow the organization to educate and train students in a role of “Network Technician.”
  • A $50,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to maximize the impact of efforts on economic growth and improve the quality of education outcomes in the program’s five IT pathways and allow the organization to educate and train students in a role of “Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst.
  • A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to provide a distance learning college alternative to prepare students throughout PA for well-paying IT jobs. Employer networks via NuPaths and TranZed will facilitate hiring of program graduates.
Cumberland Valley High School students enrolled in NuPaths are pictured during an open house event at the high school.

Other grants NuPaths is affiliated with through this round of grant funding include:

  • A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant awarded to JEVS Human Services to establish a TechServ Scholars AmeriCorps program for the region that will provide 15 pre-apprentices with nine college credits in IT/Security Operations training delivered by NuPaths@ Harrisburg University, IT industry-recognized certifications, and hands-on learning guided by professional mentors.
  • A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant awarded to TranZed Apprenticeships for a Tech Support Specialist pre-apprenticeship program designed to educate adults, youths and high school seniors to prepare them for specific entry level IT job roles within six months. Students learn both technical and business skills, earn multiple industry recognized certifications, a certificate of completion and up to eight college credits from the university for their future college education.

“We are very thankful to Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & industry for awarding us multiple grants to continue to build the IT workforce in Central Pennsylvania. With continuous evolution of technology, the employers have tremendous needs for skilled IT workers. Our programs provide an excellent opportunity to both high school students and adults to learn these skills in a short period of time and earn well-paying jobs,” said Pankaj Agarwal, Co-founder & CEO of NuPaths.

Since its launch in early 2018, NuPaths has offered public enrollment programs and partnered with Cumberland Valley High School in Cumberland County and River Rock Academy in Lancaster County.

Twenty Students at Cumberland Valley High School already earned 58 IT certifications via NuPaths Technical and Security Assistant program. All students enrolled in the program have also earned five college credits for their work so far.

Seven students enrolled in NuPaths Technical Support Specialist Program at River Rock Academy earned IT certifications. And 12 adult learners started the Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst program on December 12.  Ten of the students’ tuition is funded from the Southcentral Workforce Investment Board through WIOA funding and the PA Department of Labor & Industry.

“The State grants and the growing ecosystem of school districts, technology companies and employers who support NuPaths, along with the relationship with Harrisburg University, creates opportunities for additional partnerships, expanding programs and new markets in 2019.  Partnerships with Lancaster County school districts, cohorts in digital marketing and software testing programs, along with classes at Harrisburg University’s Philadelphia campus are just a few of the additional growth opportunities for NuPaths in 2019,” said Andy Petroski, Chief Learning Officer of NuPaths.

To apply for an upcoming program cohort, or for more information, visit the NuPaths website at www.nupaths.org.

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