Do you know young people interested in tech-focused job training? **Spread the Word**

Oakland Public Library (OPL) and Community Technology Network (CTN) have partnered for Ready, Set, Connect! (RSC), a professional development program designed to help Oakland youth between 16 -24 years old discover the professional skills necessary for technology-focused careers.  Youth will receive a monthly stipend for their commitment and an additional bonus for completing the program.

Over four months, RSC participants will learn how to be computer tutors, use web design, social media and graphic design tools, in addition to receiving professional etiquette training, internship opportunities and mentoring from technology company employees. They will practice their dynamic skills while assisting OPL with program outreach and digital tutoring in their computer labs.  Upon completing the program, youth will have a website with a portfolio, resume and LinkedIn profile.  Ready, Set, Connect! begins in March and ends in June.  Interested youth should apply at http://bit.ly/RSCApply by March 8th, 2013.

Ready, Set, Connect! applicants must:
·        Be enthusiastic and willing to learn
·        Be 16 – 24 years old
·        Dedicate up to 4 hours per week to train and gain work experience
·        Be available twice a week between 4pm – 8pm from March 2013 to the end of June 2013

Know how to use a computer and surf the Internet

Youth are especially encouraged to apply if they:
·        Speak Spanish, Chinese or Russian
·        Have a passion for technology and entrepreneurship

Are looking for service learning credit

Interested youth should apply at http://bit.ly/RSCApply by March 8th, 2013.  For more information, contact RSC@ctnbayarea.org.

The Oakland Public Library informs, inspires, and delights our diverse community as a resource for information, knowledge, and artistic and literary expression, providing the best in traditional services, new technologies, and innovative programs.

Community Technology Network (CTN) – www.ctnbayarea.org – is a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors, youth and adults with disabilities acquire the computer and Internet skills vital to achieving economic success.

Community Technology Network’s Ready, Set, Connect! program is a 2012 Dell Powering the Possible grant recipient.  Powering the Possible is Dell’s commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. As a 2012 recipient of Dell’s Powering the Possible grant program, we have received funding, equipment, technology solutions and Dell team-member support to help further our organization’s mission and give young students hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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