Program will provide laptop, weekly pay and digital job skills to Sacramento residents

The city of Sacramento, the Greater Sacramento Urban League and the Greater Sacramento Economic Council on Monday announced the Digital Upskill Sacramento Program. Started in partnership with General Assembly and Merit America, is intended to provide new job skills to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic through full-time, virtual learning and projects.

Potential participants, especially those from underrepresented communities seeking professions in technology, will vie for 40 spots in the program through an application and admissions process in early October. Those who are selected will receive a free laptop and receive job skill and technology training for nine weeks while being paid $600 per week. The program will end in December with each enrollee receiving a digital certificate in information technology support or data analytics.

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