New Verizon Reskilling Program Led by JFF Aims to Place Underrepresented Groups in Tech Jobs

With support from Verizon and in collaboration with nonprofit training provider Generation USA, JFF is leading a pilot group of 9 colleges to accelerate entry into tech careers. The free, online reskilling program—part of Citizen Verizon, Verizon’s responsible business plan—has a goal of preparing prepare 500,000 individuals for jobs of the future by 2030, with a focus on access for those underrepresented in technology.

Hire Opportunity Coalition commends the remarkable efforts of Charter Member Verizon Verizon and national ecology partner JFF in this program. 

The Verizon Reskilling Program is a $44 million investment in workforce development designed for workers who are unemployed, underemployed, facing job displacement due to automation, or further challenged by the pandemic. This effort will focus on populations facing systemic challenges, giving priority to Black and Latinx applicants, women of all races, and people who do not have a four-year degree.

JFF, a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems, will help drive the program to scale and expand best practices across participating colleges by providing coaching for college staff, conducting an impact evaluation, and managing a robust peer learning network.

“JFF is proud to partner with Verizon and Generation USA in line with our commitment to drive economic advancement for all,” says Maria Flynn, president and CEO of JFF. “We are excited to continue working with bold employers, like Verizon, established workforce systems, and innovative training providers, like Generation USA, to expand access to career opportunities in this growing sector.”

Students at Dallas County Community College District, University of the District of Columbia, College of Southern Nevada, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Miami Dade Community College, Delgado Community College, South Seattle College, Spartanburg Methodist College, and Florida Memorial University will focus on labor-market-aligned skills required technology careers.

JFF expects to expand to 15 colleges by 2022.