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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…

The Power of Coaches: Driving Learner Success at Merit America

As learners enter the Immersion phase of their Merit America program, they’ll discover what we call our “secret sauce”—our coaches. These dedicated coaches play a pivotal role in the success of learners, providing guidance, support and answers to questions they may have along the way.  In this blog post, learn how Merit America’s coaches empower…

Fortune Media and Great Place To Work® name Merit America to 2023 Fortune Best Workplaces for Millennials list

Great Place To Work® and Fortune magazine have named Merit America as one of the 2023 Best Workplaces for Millennials. Earning this distinction signifies that Merit America has surpassed rigorous benchmarks, establishing itself as one of the country’s best companies to work for. To determine the Fortune Best Workplaces for Millennials™ List, Great Place To…

Remote Work: Saving Money, Time, and Sanity!

The pandemic has propelled the remote work revolution, forcing companies to embrace work from home culture for the safety of their employees. As organizations and the workforce embrace the freedom and flexibility it provides, remote work has redefined the traditional working environment and can be a divisive topic among employers and employees. According to a…

Merit America among partners of Outlier.org and Golden Gate University to launch Degrees+ Workforce Transfer Network

Merit America alumni now guaranteed transfer credit toward an associate degree with Golden Gate University. In a move set to revolutionize the education landscape, Merit America is among the organizations to partner with Golden Gate University (GGU) and Outlier.org to launch the Degrees+ Workforce Transfer Network this week.  This groundbreaking network brings together leading organizations…

Tearing the Paper Ceiling: Why Skilled Credentials Work

In today’s rapidly evolving job market, where the demand for skills often outpaces traditional degree-based qualifications, skilled credentials have emerged as a game-changer. Merit America is a partner of Opportunity@Work, whose transformative movement, Tear the Paper Ceiling, is empowering STARs— individuals above the age of 25 who don’t possess a bachelor’s degree and are Skilled…

Pride Month: A Personal Reflection and Celebration

Pride Month holds a special place in my heart— a time when those of us in the LGBTQ+ community can come together to celebrate who we are, reflect on how far we’ve come, and focus on the progress we still need to make. I find myself awash with gratitude every year around this time. How…

Mind Matters: How Merit America Prioritizes Learners’ Mental Health

At Merit America, we believe that everyone deserves access to quality career development, regardless of their mental health status. That’s why we’re committed to promoting mental health for our learners and providing them with the resources they need to succeed in tech. In addition to our high-quality curriculum, Merit America supports our learners through our…

Tips for Creating a Tech-Focused Resume – Merit America

Looking to transition into a tech career but feeling like your previous roles don’t translate? Unsure how to write a tech resume in the first place? Don’t worry—we can help! Whether you’ve been working for years serving customers in a retail environment or in a warehouse assembling equipment, any experience can be used to tailor…

Lal Jones-Bey named Merit America’s inaugural CFO

Merit America, a national workforce development nonprofit, has announced the appointment of Lal Jones-Bey as its inaugural Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  In his new role as CFO, Jones-Bey will oversee all aspects of Merit America’s financial management, working closely with the finance team and board of directors. As a member of the executive team, he…

What is UX Design? Insight from a UX Designer

Are you curious about user experience (UX) design? We reached out to Dylan Greif, an experienced UX design expert, to learn more about the growing field. Here’s what he had to say. There are all kinds of designers. Fashion designers, game designers, graphic designers, balloon 🎈designers—even balloon emoji designers! An important kind of designer in…