LEO Perspectives: 'It's good to have a ... battle buddy'

Author: Staff

Jonathan Pride, Executive Director of NPower Texas

The tech workforce has a growing labor shortage. NPower, a nonprofit agency with eight locations in the U.S., is working to equip unemployed and under-employed veterans, reservists, and their spouses  as well as young adults from underserved communities  with the skills and certifications that can open doors in this growing career field. The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at Notre Dame has partnered with NPower to study the impact of its innovative Tech Fundamentals Program, which offers free technology training and job placement support.

Jonathan Pride is the executive director of the NPower’s Texas site in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His agency is working with the LEO research team to evaluate the impact of NPower's innovative Tech Fundamentals job training and placement program on labor market outcomes for the students it serves.

Through the study, NPower hopes to learn whether their innovative alternative workforce training model increases participants' employment and earnings levels, likelihood of attending and completing college, and overall financial well-being. "It's good to have a partner, a battle buddy, if you would, since we serve veterans," he said.

Hear more about the ways LEO has supported NPower Texas after they said "yes" to research. 


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Learn more about LEO's research study with NPower. Interested in partnering with LEO to evaluate the impact of your program? Check out our partnership process or contact us at leo@nd.edu.