New job training program at Fontana receives grant from Microsoft | Company


A new Fontana-based skills training program has received a grant from the Microsoft Community Skills Program.

“Skill Up, Badge Up” is a digital badge training program offered by Empowering Success Now (ESN), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. ESN was one of 50 applicants to receive the Microsoft grant out of 5,000 across the United States.

Created from this grant, the digital badge program helps individuals improve their skills in 30 days and provides opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The official launch of the program will take place on October 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ESN, located at 7940 Cherry Avenue, Suite 201.

The “Skill Up, Badge Up” program will provide prospective students with a variety of course choices, including training in soft skills, critical thinking, time management, and problem solving, in addition to business communications , Microsoft skills, and core business skills development. .

The training is aimed at high school students, “disconnected young people” aged 18 to 24 who neither work nor go to school, and active and unemployed adults. The program is a resource for employers, placement programs, reintegration programs and educators.

Through the Inland Empire Institute of Business and Technology (IEI), the educational arm of ESN, the “Skill Up, Badge Up” program offers students who successfully complete the 30-day course a digital badge. The digital badge works as an accreditation mechanism that validates an individual’s skills to current or potential employers and educational institutions. The digital badge is hosted and managed online and can be displayed on social media, websites and job search sites to validate skill and proficiency levels.

The official launch of the program will take place in January, with additional classes taught by seasoned educators and professionals.

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