Human Resources, Nonprofits, and Technology

Nonprofit wins grant for tech training program

June 8, 2017
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Students work in a computer lab during a Grand Circus coding class. Photo via

A local nonprofit has earned a grant from a foundation to support technology training for working individuals.

The SOURCE, an "employee support" organization in Grand Rapids, is teaming up with the technology training company Grand Circus, West Michigan Works! and several local employers to provide boot camp technology training for employees.

Participants will learn new skills, including software coding and business analysis.

A $20,000 grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation is helping to make the collaborative training program possible.

The first cohort of participants includes employees from Steelcase, Spectrum Health, PNC Bank and Vias.

The Grand Circus pilot program is a part-time, 14-week program that allows enrollees to participate, while still working full-time.

The program is similar to a program Grand Circus already offers in Detroit.

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation said the training program is “win-win” for employers and employees.

The foundation said employers have expressed a need for workers with technology skills, while low-wage employees want opportunities for higher-paying careers, but they often face barriers to professional development, including work schedules, family obligations, childcare and student loan debt.

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