Gap Inc. is the latest company to jump onto the White House’s jobs training bandwagon. The company recently announced the start of Gap for Community Colleges, a partnership between the company and the community college of the District of Columbia (CCDC) as part of the White House initiative, Skills for America’s Future.
“We believe that by sharing Gap’s proven training curriculum, community college students will gain valuable skills and experiences that will help them be better prepared for their career goals,” Vongell Lugo, general manager of Gap Washington, DC said in a statement. “This is exactly what is needed to develop a strong talent pool for our stores and the communities where we operate.”
The program is currently open to students from Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Vegas, Philadelphia and the District. It will provide workshops, scholarship assistance, job placement opportunities and interviewing tips.
Students will be eligible for 65 scholarships of $1,000. Also, participants will be invited to apply for a job; Gap expects to hire up to 1,200 students from community colleges this year.
Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, CEO of CCDC, said the school was happy to partner with Gap.
“We chose to partner with Gap because we want our students to integrate practice with theory by accessing real world training,” he stated. “As one of the largest employers in the US, Gap has given thousands of Americans their first jobs. We hope our students will gain and build on the skills they need to secure future employment opportunities by participating in this program.”
Skills for America’s Future is a White House initiative launched by President Obama last October with an eye to empowering and educating the American workforce to become better prepared in the global economy.