On July 13, 2021, the Wilmington HOPE Commission graduated its first cohort of trainees from our “Word and Workforce Development” Program. The “Word and Workforce Development” Program is a computer-skills training program, launched in partnership with the Wilmington Alliance and JPMorgan Chase & Co. as part of the “Second Chance Employment Collaborative”, which aims to connect the city of Wilmington residents, including justice-involved individuals, with careers in high-growth sectors such as IT, finance, and health care.

Our participants engaged in a 6-week computer basics / Microsoft Office training utilizing the Northstar Digital Literacy curriculum, where they earned 7 industry-level certifications and participated in mock interviews, career presentations, and virtual employer seminars.

The Wilmington HOPE Commission would like to congratulate the participants of its first Word and Workforce Development cohort, and will be actively supporting their future training and career endeavors!