KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program, Powered by JumpStart, Awards $120,000 to Akron Urban League & Conxus NEO

May 09, 2018

The Akron Urban League and Conxus NEO have received a $120,000 grant from the KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program, Powered by JumpStart to fund workforce development programming aimed at increasing the presence of minority and female employees in in-demand industries in Summit County, Ohio.

“We are extremely grateful to be selected as a recipient of this award and for KeyBank’s continued investment in the Urban League. With this award, we will be able to begin to prepare the citizens of Akron for careers in the information economy – careers that pay a livable wage,” says Akron Urban League President & CEO, Dr. Sadie M. Winlock.

The grant will fund the Urban League’s newly created Summit Workforce Development Project which through intensive emotional readiness training, industry specific training and thoughtful labor market analysis will prepare and position individuals for careers that begin with starting annual salaries of $31,000 or more.

“We currently have established partnerships with FirstEnergy and We Can Code IT to provide individuals with employment and training in the fields of utility management and IT but are in the process of expanding our offerings based upon Conxus NEO’s analysis of the labor needs in Northeast Ohio,” says Winlock

Individuals who are interested in enrolling the in Urban League’s Summit Workforce Development Project may call the Akron Urban League at (330)434-3101.

About the KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program:

The KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program is a KeyBank-funded, JumpStart-powered initiative designed to transform neighborhoods by helping microenterprise, startups, scaleups and community members thrive in Ohio and upstate New York. The program is being funded by a historic $24M grant to JumpStart from the KeyBank Foundation—making it both the largest single grant the foundation has ever awarded and the largest single philanthropic partnership JumpStart has ever formed.

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