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MISSION & GOALS


Mission

NAN Newark Tech World was created as a tech sector hub to train Newark residents for high paying jobs in the information technology industry. Tech World has positioned itself as the go-to organization to aid in the preparation of hard to serve Newarkers in receiving 21st century IT skills to secure jobs.

NAN Newark Tech World is a collaboration of various local stakeholders responding to the White House’s bold initiative and call to action to up-skill Americans and to rapidly train workers for a well-paying tech job, often in just a few months. In Partnership with Newark’s honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka, NAN Newark Tech World, is also being launched to extend the current efforts of Mayor Baraka’s Office to empower Newarkers and meet the talent needs of local businesses. Employers across the United States are in critical need of talent with the requisite IT skills.

Located at 400 Hawthorne Avenue in Newark, Tech World is established as a non-profit transformational IT skills and training center dedicated to enhancing the IT skills for residents of the City of Newark. Free to all program participants, NAN Newark Tech World is powered by technology, manufactured and engineered by Panasonic North America in partnership with Tech World.  Tech World as a certified Cisco training academy and will offer courses in web design, mobile app, routing, switching, graphic design, digital literacy, networking, Coding, S.T.E.M., S.T.E.A.M., Computer Science and more.

Tech World has created specialized training with the IEEE, Girls That Code, Google’s Computer Science For All (grades 4-12), New Jersey State Troopers, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, and IT programs from Newark’s institutions of higher learning and other partners. NAN Newark Tech World will serve as a high-tech locus for the City. With Tech World’s 10gb of high-speed internet, NAN  Newark Tech World stands out as the highest Broadband Internet speed facility in the entire North East. With the prohibitive costs of internet and computers at home, and the smartphone generation barely out of puberty, a ton of potential tech industry talent has spent the majority of their lives languishing outside the world of technology. To fill the talent pool, we need to extend the pipeline deeper into low-opportunity communities where tech access compares to indoor plumbing in the mid-1800s.

The future of jobs will lie heavily in this field, and with a projected shortage of prepared workers, we know that many of the people who are not yet using broadband or using it in a limited capacity will be left out of the many opportunities that will exist.

By bringing together local leaders and leaders in technology and innovation, NAN seeks to penetrate minority and low income communities with opportunities to learn, earn and connect. The Newark based NAN Tech Academy will feature three (3) 21st century classroom learning environments outfitted with state-of-the-arts computer workstations in each classroom. The NAN Tech Academy will be strategically located to have its broadest impact on Newark citizens with an administrative staff to address the training needs of Newark Citizens. The program will dovetail with the White House’s Computer Science For All initiative where Newark students between the ages of 8-14 will become one of the primary beneficiaries of the NAN Tech Academy via NAN’s after-school computer science training program.

Newark youth will be offered programs in STEM, STEAM, Robotic, coding and software development (working with the Newark’s rich college community) while young adults and seniors will be able to pursue and engage in basic and intermediate computer training skills and other technology programs.

After the launch event, NAN area Chapters will be responsible for ensuring that the community is empowered to participate in the technology, classroom, and Broadband Internet space. By hosting digital literacy sessions, hackathons, technology career events, and connecting students and adults with tech innovators in their communities, NAN will bridge the divide through information. By partnering with local businesses and/or other partners like churches, NAN will also seek ways to donate used technology that still maintain their functionality or provide new ones to people within the community who are active in the NAN programs. Through the education, connection to technology professionals and access to equipment, we will address the technology divide in Newark.

Goal

Living in an increasingly digital world means broader access to almost all of life’s needs. Everything from shopping, banking, paying bills, studying, and applying for a job can all be done electronically.

While the ease of access seems like a good enough reason to buy into computer Internet and Broadband technology, we know there are still many in minority and low-income communities who have not become adopters of technology and all that it has to offer. The resistance to use the Internet and computers in any form to solve many of life’s problems or create an easier lifestyle also creates barriers for the vast entrepreneurial opportunities that exist in the technology industry. The future of jobs will lie heavily in this field and with a projected shortage of prepared workers, we know that many of the people who are not yet using broadband or using it in a limited capacity will be left out of the many opportunities that will exist.

National Action Network sees a chance to engage local leaders and communities to close the digital divide and bring access and opportunity to communities who are being left behind.


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