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Google UX Design Certificate: Get a Job in 5 Months

Table of contents So, you want to become a user experience (UX) designer with no prior experience? Wondering if the Google UX Design Certificate is the right step for you? In this article, we explore whether this credential is worth your investment of time and effort. Whether you’re looking to pivot into a new career…

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Merit America Admissions Process

Table Of Contents When you hear “admissions process,” it can sound daunting. That’s why we’ve designed our process to be as clear and straightforward as possible. With as much as you are investing in your career, our goal is to invest the same energy into ensuring every potential learner understands their next step with Merit…

How to Become an IT Support Specialist

Table of Contents Ever found yourself playing tech hero, swooping in to fix your friends’ computer woes? If you’re the go-to person for troubleshooting Wi-Fi issues or vanquishing pesky software glitches, why not turn that knack into a career? Becoming an IT support specialist might just be your perfect fit! In this guide, we’ll dive…

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…

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…