Promising unemployed youth in Haiti have opportunities to get full time employment through the NetHope Academy Intern Program. This innovative program was launched in 2010 in cooperation with local Haitian universities, Accenture, Microsoft and Cisco. Over 80% of NetHope Academy Graduates are now employed as IT professionals in Haiti. Preference is given to candidates that are historically underrepresented in the IT sector -- young women and natives of rural communities.
Haiti has a critical shortage of IT professionals. At the same time there are many unemployed Haitians that have completed 4 years of computer science education but can't get jobs because they lack the work experience that employers demand. The NetHope Academy identifies the "best of the best" unemployed youth and provides them with internships and the professional development they need to become employable.
The NetHope Academy is a "finishing school" of sorts providing promising young Haitians with the necessary on-the-job work experience that allows them to apply what they have learned in school. Over 80% of NetHope Academy interns have earned full time employment as IT professionals.
Haiti is rebuilding following the devastating earthquake in 2010. Information technology is seen by many as a catalyst for economic and social change. Virtually every sector including health, education, banking and government will be impacted by the move towards a 21st century information and communications driven nation.
The NetHope Academy has given our students what we educators can not -- additional practical work experience through internships at banks, NGOs, mobile network operators and internet service providers - Patrick Attie, Vice Chanellor, ESIH
Total Funding Received to Date: $212
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $49,788
Total Funding Goal: $50,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Project Id: #11552
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