August 14, 1997
For immediate release
"URBAN ENTREPRENEURS" INNER CITY TRAINING PROGRAM CREATES JOBS FOR LOW-INCOME YOUTHS
Program "Graduate" Hired On-the-spot at DCIís Internet Expo Boston
--August 14, 1997, Hynes Convention Center--
Sacramento, CA¾ In one day, Nnamdi Nwosa came to Boston, received his Webmaster certification, and found a job. Nwosa, of Brooklyn, New York, was among the first of a group of young adults to participate in "Urban Entrepreneurs," an inner-city training program which empowers young adults from low-income areas to be able to take advantage of the high-growth Internet arena. After receiving his certification in Webmaster training during DCIís Internet Expo (last week at the Hynes Convention Center) he networked among the 300 participating show exhibitors and was hired, on-the-spot, by a locally-based technology company, Siemens Nixdorf, headquartered of Burlington.
The program, which kicked-off this week at DCIís Internet Expo, is part of a joint effort by the National Association of Webmasters (NAW), a non-profit trade association, CitySoft, a Web development firm, and Net Guru Technologies, Inc., NAW's Internet training and certification partner. Joining Nwosa was Kelby Mendes, 22, of Boston, who also received his Web certification at the show. Mendes is studying Environmental Engineering at night and was introduced to CitySoft by Mel Kingís Tent Computer Learning Center in Boston where CitySoft has been training him and others in HTML and Web site development.
"Our mission is to connect a high-growth industry to low-income neighborhoods by providing low-income youths the skills which will enable them to compete for jobs in the fast-growing high-tech industry," said Bill Cullifer, Executive Director of the NAW. "Having Nnamdi Nwosa hired on the spot at DCIís Internet Expo is testament to the benefits of this program."
"We are extremely impressed with the talents of Nnamdi Nwosa and are pleased to offer him a chance to use his skills through Web site development work at Siemens Nixdorf," said Andreas Meyer Knonow, vice president, Application Software Division, Siemens Nixdorf Americas. "As one of the worldís largest information technology companies, we have a corporate responsibility to promote computer literacy and promote the talents of young entrepreneurs. Afterall, Siemens and Nixdorf were founded by innovative young entrepreneurs. Itís a win-win situation for everyone."
"We were pleased to be the first to host the "Urban Entrepreneurs" program and witness its success first-hand," said Ron Gomes, president, DCIís Internet Expo. "As one of the leading trade shows focusing on Internet technologies, DCIís Internet Expo provides the perfect forum for business professionals to network with one another and find out about the latest tools and technologies in the Internet arena."
DCI, located in Andover, Massachusetts, is a world leader in high-technology education, trade shows and management consulting.
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