Generation USA Partners with University of Missouri, Verizon Skill Forward

IT Support Specialist

ST. LOUIS, April 25, 2022 (

Generation USA has partnered with the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) to bring tuition-free access to career training tech bootcamps in the St. Louis community.

The Junior Full Stack Developer Program, which opens its first cohort on May 18, is made possible by the Verizon Skill Forward Initiative, a workforce development program designed in partnership with Generation USA. The program provides free online training and assists workers who are unemployed, underemployed, facing job displacement due to automation or further challenged by the pandemic.

“We are excited to announce that the University of Missouri-St. Louis is entering a new partnership with Verizon and Generation USA to serve the St. Louis community and beyond by providing accessible opportunities for training while opening a nontraditional pathway into the IT field,” said Natissia Small, vice provost for access, academic support, and workforce integration in Academic Affairs at UMSL. “Our collaborative workforce integration efforts will continue to demonstrate a commitment to inclusive prosperity while providing unique opportunities in partnership with corporations like Verizon/Generation USA, who are committed to our mission of transforming lives and supporting economic growth in this region.”

As part of the Verizon Skill Forward initiative, Generation USA and UMSL will offer students the opportunity to learn all they need to be successful as a Junior Full Stack Java Developer – from the technical knowledge to the soft skills that will help them achieve their potential. Verizon Skill Forward is a key initiative of Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan.

“With the rapid growth in technology, and more on the horizon, employers and governments are looking for innovative ways to increase the technology workforce,” said UMSL Professor Cezary Janikow, who chairs the Department of Computer Science. “Partnerships between education and business are the trending solutions, already in existence in some other countries. At UMSL, Computer Science is standing up to the challenge to participate in the new workforce development. We are also revising our curricula to provide more and better opportunities to integrate such training with work and further education opportunities.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with UMSL to empower its students to create a unique new pathway to career success,” said Richard Clemmons, Generation USA COO. “These programs will not only provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for jobs in the digital world but, through mentorship and social support services, they’ll have the opportunity to learn from others who have been in their shoes before.”

In addition to the Junior Full Stack Developer program, Generation offers a myriad of online re-skilling programs that provide free resources and access to multiple career pathways and full-time employment opportunities in high-demand technology sectors.

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