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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Merit America and OneTen Announce Partnership to Train and Hire Thousands of Black Workers for Remote Jobs in the Tech Industry

The coalition of employers, talent developers, and community organizations commits to hiring several thousand Merit America graduates into family-sustaining careers by 2024 WASHINGTON, May 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — OneTen, a coalition of business leaders committed to hiring, promoting, and advancing one million Black individuals who do not have four-year degrees into family-sustaining careers over the next 10…

UVA Analysis Finds Significant Wage Gains for Graduates of Merit America

Analysis from Dr. Ben Castleman finds $18,700 average annual wage increase for Merit America graduates, three or more months post-graduation. WASHINGTON, April 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Graduates of the nonprofit education provider Merit America saw an average annual wage increase of $18,700 three or more months post-graduation, according to a new analysis conducted by Dr. Ben Castleman, the Newton and Rita Meyers Associate Professor…

Google Launches Fund with Goal to Drive $1B in Aggregate Wage Gains for American Jobseekers

The Google Career Certificates Fund will support Social Finance and its nonprofit training partners, including Merit America Initiative will upskill and place thousands of Americans into well-paying jobs MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo together announced the launch of a $100 million Google Career Certificates Fund. Through…