IT Works

IT Works
Program Name: 
Women Empowerment Program
Grant Year: 
2010
Grant Type: 
Israel
Grant Amount: 
$180,000
Interest Area: 
Economic Development
Grant Purpose: 

Women Empowerment Program provides a minimum of 80 women over two years with technology training to integrate into skilled entry-level employment in the Israeli labor market.

Description: 

Established by Cisco in 2006 as part of their corporate responsibility effort, IT Works seeks to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment for Israelis living in underserved areas.  To this end, it provides the training and technological skills required for employment.  Its programs include 1) WEP: employment assistance for women; 2) STAR: employment assistance for men and women and; 3) WorkIT: IT courses for high-school age Druze students.  IT Works' curriculum and instruction are based on Cisco's 'Networking Academy,' a program that has been vetted for President Obama's 'Workforce Retraining Initiative'.