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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…

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6 Lucrative Tech Jobs for Beginners: Work from Home Edition

At first glance, combining “high-paying,” “entry-level,” and “remote” might seem unlikely. However, due to the booming tech industry, where growth is outpacing other fields, these terms can indeed coexist. If you’re excited about the prospect of changing careers and landing a flexible, remote job but are worried about needing prior experience or a degree, don’t…

Pride in Practice: LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in Tech and Beyond

The tech industry is renowned for innovation, disruption, and pushing boundaries. But its strength isn’t just in its groundbreaking technologies—it also lies in the diversity and inclusivity of its workforce. LGBTQIA+ professionals have long been integral to the tech sector, contributing their unique perspectives and talents to drive progress and change. Working to Break the…

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What Does a Cybersecurity Analyst Do?

Cyber threats are constantly evolving, making the role of a cybersecurity analyst increasingly important. These professionals are on the front line when it comes to defending an organization’s digital assets and ensuring that sensitive information remains protected from online attacks. But what exactly is a cybersecurity analyst’s job? Find out more about tasks, skills, and…

Winter Peach discusses how Merit America helped her become a data analyst

Meet Winter: From Mortgage Processor to Data Analyst

If luck is the intersection of hard work and opportunity, then Winter Peach is indeed fortunate. Her journey through the Merit America program demonstrates how determination and the right resources can reshape a career. Taking the First Step Winter’s path through the unpredictable mortgage industry was filled with stress and uncertainty. Realizing she needed a…

6 In-Demand Project Management Skills Recruiters Love

What makes a good project manager? It’s not just about having the right training or adhering to the typical job duties (although those are important too). Being an excellent project manager requires the ability to combine both hard and soft skills to manage tasks, timelines, and technical expertise, as well as the ability to draw…

Celebrating Service and Paving the Way: Veterans In Tech

May marks a season of new beginnings, and ends with Memorial Day– a solemn occasion to remember and honor the courageous individuals who sacrificed their lives for our liberties. Their steadfast dedication and sacrifice form the cornerstone of our nation’s principles. This Memorial Day, we salute their lasting legacy and explore the intricate relationship between…

Merit America Receives $15 Million Multi-Year Grant from Crankstart to Advance Workforce Training in Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO – May 14, 2024 – Merit America, a national nonprofit dedicated to preparing workers in low-wage roles for family-sustaining careers, today announced a strategic partnership with Crankstart through a $15,600,000 multi-year grant to build a ladder to economic mobility for Bay Area residents who are stuck in low-wage work by facilitating tech skills…

Is the Google Data Analytics Certificate Worth It?

In today’s fast-paced world, where data-driven decisions have become the backbone of businesses across industries, the demand for skilled data analysts is skyrocketing. Whether you’re seeking a higher paycheck, a more flexible and in-demand career, job security, or simply a morning where you don’t find yourself thinking “Oh God, not another day…”, obtaining the Google…

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Demystifying the Hiring Process at Merit America

Why Personalizing the Candidate Experience Matters It is no secret that job searching and hiring can be a complex and convoluted process, filled with unspoken rules and unexpected twists and turns. Unsurprisingly, more and more candidates are seeking transparency around the hiring process, which they would invest their time, energy, and labor into.  According to…

AAPI Tech Trailblazers: Shaping Our Digital World

As May unfolds, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The story of AAPI contributions in America is as diverse as the communities themselves, with AAPI individuals representing over 45 nationalities and countless ethnic groups spanning China, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands, American Samoa, India, Vietnam, and many more.  Join us as…

Celebrating Trans Trailblazers

In honor of Transgender Day of Visibility, we’re highlighting the significant contributions and resilience of transgender individuals across various fields. From groundbreaking achievements in science and technology to advocacy for equality and representation, these individuals have made notable impacts on society. Did you know? Michael Dillon (1915-1962) was the first person in the world to…

Women Make It Work: A Look at Women in Tech

As Women’s History Month continues, here’s a snapshot of how their representation in the American tech industry has grown in the age of information. And we’ll take a look at how many of them are building the future of technology, charting their courses with determination and grit. In the beginning The Information Age began in…

Women’s History Month: Famous (and not so famous) Firsts

Happy Women’s History Month! Celebrating women’s history is what March is all about! How they invent, explore and blaze trails through every aspect of American life. Here’s to the ladies who persisted, succeeded and achieved in traditionally male-dominated fields, ranging from science, medicine, entrepreneurship, tech, and the arts: Did You Know? 1715: The first American…

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…

How to Get a Job in IT: Entry-Level IT Jobs with Training

In today’s competitive job market, breaking into the IT industry without a traditional degree might seem challenging. However, there are pathways available that combine training and real-world experience, opening doors to lucrative entry-level IT jobs.  In this guide, we’ll explore key steps and opportunities to launch your IT career, with a focus on IT training…