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We celebrated our 15th Annual NPower Gala last week.
Cummings will give invocation speeches to the inaugural class of 25 local young adults, who will be placed in IT jobs in Baltimore in less than 6 months.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stated, “I’m honored to support these 25 young people embarking on IT careers that will change their lives, the lives of their families, and the overall quality of life of their communities in Baltimore.
“They took a chance on NPower and put their lives on hold to pursue something better for themselves and that alone should be commended.
We owe it to these individuals to back them with the necessary support to succeed both in their careers but also as members of the community of Baltimore.
She joined Textron in 2007 as the director of information technology services and support for Bell Helicopter. He noted, “You will not face challenges alone, you are a part of NPower’s first graduating class, Class 1, you now have a family, and that includes me. Smith also personally offered several incentives for students who commit to neighborhood reinvestment in Baltimore: $1,000.00 to every student who becomes a homeowner in their community within five years, $10,000.00 to be split equally between the students once they achieve 100% Com TIA A certification – which covers technology topics including servers, software, cyber security, networking and troubleshooting -- and $100,000.00 to be split equally if 100% of the class become homeowners in Baltimore in a 10 year time frame.
Smith implored the graduates to “Join civic associations, help others, act as role models, be a homeowner – all the things that rebuild the social fabric of a community.” NPower Baltimore was made possible in large part due to funding from Fund II Foundation.
“We are inspired by the support we have received from the Baltimore community, and by the Fund II Foundation and other generous funders, since we opened in July.
Success for us means finding jobs for our students and a number of visionary organizations have given our students their first professional IT opportunity,” said Bertina Ceccarelli, Chief Executive Officer of NPower.
Her responsibilities include leadership of the business units’ chief information officers and directing the day-to-day activities of Textron corporate information services.