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Merit America alumni experience a $24,000 wage increase 3+ months post-program, according to University of Virginia analysis  

New analysis using paystubs, offer letters and self-reported salary data reveals alumni of nonprofit Merit America move from earning $26K average salary to $50K average salary, three or more months post-program completion. August 1, 2023 — Today, Merit America, a national nonprofit that creates pathways to family-sustaining careers for Americans stuck in low-wage jobs, released…

2024 Lunar New Year: The Year of the Dragon

Happy Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar. Observed Feb. 10, Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday in China, and it is also celebrated in South Korea, Vietnam, and countries with large Chinese populations. 2024…

Trailblazers: Celebrating Black Women in Tech

In honor of Black History Month, we’re spotlighting Black women who have made a difference in the tech industry. These trailblazers have not only overcome historical barriers but have also pioneered groundbreaking innovations, shaping the trajectory of technology over the years.  Did you know? 1944 – During WWII, “women computers” at Philadelphia’s Moore School of…

Important update on our Java Development program 

At Merit America, our mission is to support learners in their transition from low-wage jobs to family-sustaining careers they’re passionate about. We believe that cost should never be an obstacle to achieving your career dreams, and we are committed to removing barriers to create opportunities that are accessible to everyone. After careful consideration, we made…

Merit America and YUPRO Placement join forces to transform the workforce through skills-based hiring and career advancement

YUPRO Placement and Merit America together support historically excluded talent in gaining the skills they need to land higher-paying jobs in tech with the Skills-to-Staff ™ Apprenticeship Program addressing skills gaps and hiring demand for employers nationwide. November 16, 2023 — YUPRO Placement, a pioneer in skills-first hiring solutions, and Merit America, a national nonprofit…

Merit America announces new career tracks in Cybersecurity and Project Management

Today, Merit America, a national career development nonprofit, announced the addition of two new career tracks in cybersecurity and project management. The new career tracks will officially launch in 2024, expanding the organization’s existing offerings in IT Support, Data Analytics, UX Design and Java Development. The new career tracks were selected for their strategic alignment…

The Best Candidate Experience Ever: A Review of Merit America

Driven by transparency, accountability, and an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement, Merit America’s Talent Acquisition team is dedicated to delivering an exceptional candidate experience. Curious about what to expect? In this blog post, Jula, a business development representative at Merit America, candidly recounts her recent candidate experience, providing insights into why she considers it the…

Reimagining Education: Exploring College Alternatives in the Tech Realm

If you’re considering alternatives to going to college, you’re not alone. Many people are looking toward alternative education pathways, especially within the tech industry. What are the benefits of college alternatives? Which college alternatives are worth considering?  Organizations like Merit America have gained attention for their innovative, fast, and flexible programs, and there are many…

In the Tech Frontier: The Google IT Support Professional Certificate Explored

The tech industry is on the rise, and there’s a clear demand for IT professionals. The Google IT Support Professional Certificate offers a pathway for those interested in this field.  This article will detail the costs and potential job opportunities associated with the certificate. We’ll also discuss the role of Merit America. If you’re considering…

Breaking Into Tech: A Guide to Merit America’s Data Analytics Program

Ever thought about a career in tech? Specifically data analytics? Figuring out how to get into data analytics and how to get data analytics training can feel overwhelming. But that’s where Merit America’s data analytics program comes in! In this article, we’ll talk about how to get into data analytics and what Merit America’s data…

Navigating a Career in Tech: Which Role Is Right for You?

The tech industry offers a wide range of career opportunities, each with its own set of requirements and rewards. But if you’re looking to break into the field, it can be challenging to determine which role aligns best with your skills and interests.  Wondering “Which tech job is right for me?”  Merit America is here…

The Future of UX Design: Skills, Training, and Career Options

User Experience (UX) design is changing how we engage with digital platforms. As the digital world grows, so does the importance of creating intuitive and user-friendly experiences. This rise in significance makes the demand for skilled UX designers higher than ever.  In this article, we’ll uncover the top UX designer skills, explore the available trainings…

How Merit America is making hiring more inclusive for people with disabilities (and why you should care)

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and raise awareness about the importance of creating inclusive workplaces. At Merit America, we are committed to building a workplace where everyone feels welcome and supported, regardless of their ability. Why You Should Care A diverse and…

A male teacher sitting in a classroom dissatisfied with his job and looking for a new career to start at 30

Pivoting into Tech: A Guide for Former Teachers

In a rapidly evolving world driven by technology, career transitions have become more common than ever before. Former teachers make up just one group of professionals that has been gaining attention for their successful career transitions. Educators, armed with invaluable skills in communication, empathy, and adaptability, are finding their niche in the technology space. Here…

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Data Analytics and Beyond: Unlocking Potential Careers With a Certificate

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the demand for skilled data analysts has surged to unprecedented heights and driven companies across industries to harness the power of data-driven decision-making. Here at Merit America, our programs encompass a blend of technical training from organizations such as Google, where you will gain expertise in various technical content…

Niagara Cares Partners with Merit America to Upskill and Hire Employees in New Tech Careers

Niagara Cares, the philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, announced a $175,000 grant to Merit America, a national nonprofit organization that creates pathways to family-sustaining careers for Americans stuck in low-wage jobs. This grant enables Niagara to hire new program participants for life-sustaining tech careers at no cost to the eligible learners who enroll and complete…

Accountability & Transparency: Merit America’s Candidate Experience

Through their commitment to transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement, the Merit America Talent Acquisition team has navigated the intricate landscape of candidate engagement to create an enriching and impactful experience. In this blog post, Merit America’s Director of Talent Acquisition Katie Rakusin shares some of the insights her team has learned to build a great…