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Melwood’s Free IT and Life Skills Training Program for People of Differing Abilities is Looking for Candidates

Melwood’s abilIT  IT certification training program prepares people of differing abilities, especially those on the autism spectrum and injured veterans, for jobs in technology and the success rate speaks for itself.

Seventy percent of the program’s graduates are either employed or interning at places like KPMG, GDIT and DARPA or they have gone on to post-secondary education. By pairing innovative, highly technical training with personalized soft skills instruction, abilIT equips participants with the skills they need to build lifelong careers as competitive technology professionals.

Joshua Nelson tried several career options before joining abilIT  but it was the skills training and professional development he learned at abilIT that landed him a job at the aerospace and defense corporation GDIT.

“I owe so much to abilIT and highly encourage anyone in a similar life situation to give it a try,” Josh said.

Right now, abilIT is looking for highly motivated candidates to fill its fourth cohort. Applicants must have a documented disability and a high school diploma or GED or be a veteran living with a service-related challenge. Exceptional applicants who do not meet the education requirement will be considered, upon demonstrating ninth-grade reading, writing and math levels.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, but the next cohort will start on July 13 and end September 30. Candidates can register for this no-cost opportunity to train for in-demand jobs here!

abilIT was created by Melwood, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit employers of people of differing abilities and injured veterans.

*New Hybrid Onsite/Remote Structure in Response to COVID-19

To accommodate participants during the challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic, abilIT‘s programming has been modified to a hybrid on-site/remote structure where participants will attend classes on-site two days per week and work on assignments remotely three days per week. While on-site, group sizes will be kept small to promote social distancing.

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