Year Up's second class of Wilmington students now at work
The national program Year Up opened its Wilmington office in February. It provides free college credits in IT and business, and partners with local companies to offer six-month internships following coursework.
Year Up Wilmington’s second group of 40 students began in August.
It included 18-year-old Rasul Scott. Scott hopes to pursue a career in IT, but sought out Year Up after deciding a traditional four-year degree wasn’t for him.
“My career goals are: find a job or a career that I love doing every day and I love waking up to and knowing that I’m going there," Scott said. "I just want a good career with good people around me.”
Scott is also earning up to 24 free IT college credits, along with other professional skills.
After completing the first six months of training and coursework, he’ll head to a local company for a six-month paid internship. Ideally, he’ll be hired by that company. If not, he’ll be provided other career supports.
Year Up seeks to close the opportunity divide between millions of young adults like Scott looking for a career and fields that lack qualified talent to hire. It also encourages graduates to continue their education.
Wilmington was selected as a Year Up site because of its growing need to fill financial operations and other entry-level jobs.
Year Up currently operates in 23 cities across the country. They hope to eventually expand its programming in Delaware. They're also looking for students for their third cohort.