new multi-year strategic partnership

Verizon Skill Forward is a free program helping America’s workforce prepare for high-demand digital roles—from finding a career in tech to online training to getting social support and mentorship we give you the support you need to succeed. And our partner Generation USA is helping us lead the way. Their staff provides instruction support and life coaching during your program based on your needs.

Lafondia Crutchfield says the Verizon Skill Forward program

A family that codes together, grows together

Digital skills mean more opportunities; this New Orleans mother and son learned that firsthand through Verizon Skill Forward

Crystal Morris is a Jr. Full Stack Java Developer

Verizon Skill Forward helps Texas delivery worker pivot into IT

Learning soft skills was the missing piece to Crystal Morris landing a high-demand digital job

Verizon Skill Forward is part of Citizen Verizon, Verizon’s responsible business plan, and will build the foundation to reach the company’s goal of preparing 500,000 individuals for jobs of the future by 2030.

Generation USA provides no-cost access to several services, platforms, and partners to help learners explore careers, enhance resume content, get help with interview preparation, provide guidance about the job or college search process, and lastly, provide training tools for continued success on the job long-term.

Student Testimonials


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James Gordon

Junior Full Stack Java Developer

“This program didn’t cost me a penny, and there are skills you can take away from it and opportunities like my Verizon opportunity that I was blessed with. There are so many positive reasons to join Generation’s programs. If you’re serious about developing your skills or making a career change, it makes sense to go in the direction of Generation.”

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Josiah Scott

Digital Marketing Analyst

“Generation programs allow people of all different fields or all different backgrounds – no matter where you’re at – to be able to move forward. I feel like I took a risk on myself, and Generation took this risk with me. My instructors allowed for that flexibility, which allowed me to essentially be on top of the work I had to do to jumpstart my career, and take on my responsibilities at home.”

Learn more about Josiah’s Journey


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Feature Story

Verizon and Generation partner to close the opportunity gap and reskill workers

Partnering with Generation enables us to bring their successful career training program into the homes of thousands of Americans who need it most and who it might not traditionally be available to.” – Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Verizon.

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In the Press

Colleges Pilot Free Online Reskilling Program

The Verizon Reskilling Program is being led by workforce and education nonprofit JFF, in collaboration with Generation USA, a nonprofit that provides free career training, placement and support, with funding from Verizon.

Campus Technology

May 4, 2021

Verizon unveils workforce re-skilling pilot with colleges

A workforce training development program part of Verizon’s re-skilling initiative on Wednesday announced a pilot program offering free online skills training through colleges. The pilot is another step towards the partnership’s goal of training 500,000 tech workers by 2030.


April 22, 2021

Generation USA Graduates Largest Cohort of Online Students

On average, graduates earn 3x what they were prior to the program. More than 50% of participants are women, nearly 40% have dependents, and 66% of learners identify as Black or African-American, and 55% have a high school education or less.

Yahoo! Finance

February 24, 2021