The Pragmatic Works Foundation, one of our two Geeksgiving charities, is the non-profit arm of Pragmatic Works Corporation. The Pragmatic Works President, Brian Knight, founded the organization in January of 2009. The goal of this foundation is to find and train passionate individuals interested in a career in technology, with a strong focus on veterans, youth, unemployed and underemployed persons.
How They Do What They Do
Pragmatic Works Foundation improves their community through two programs: Pragmatic Works Technology and Career Training Program & Pragmatic Works Youth Technology Camp.
Pragmatic Works Technology and Career Training Program
The Pragmatic Works Technology and Career program is designed to give those in need the opportunity to change their lives with free training and assistance with job placement and apprenticeships. The classes in this program focus on learning in-demand technical skills in addition to interviewing and resume creation training. Some candidates have the opportunity to be invited to a non-paid apprenticeship to further advance their IT skills. This program has seen great success, putting over 300 individuals through the program with 75% of those individuals holding technology jobs after graduation.
Pragmatic Works Youth Technology Camp
The Pragmatic Works Youth Technology Camp offers students the chance to have fun while learning basic robotic engineering, computer programming principals and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts. Students gain hands-on experience while engaging in real-world questioning, exploring and learning. So far, the foundation has introduced over 100 students to technology and engineering through four camps. They have even launched a Lego Mindstorms competition league!
The Future of Pragmatic Works Foundation
Pragmatic Works Foundation hopes to broaden their programs in the future by creating additional training sites in locations that are more convenient for their focus groups – military bases, churches and the inner city. They hope to hold more classes, both in frequency and variety, in order to serve more program participants each year.
In addition, they’re hoping to grow their youth camp, by expanding the exposure of STEM to inner city youth through local schools and group homes. Pragmatic Works Foundation would like to offer Next Level Camps to students to continue mentoring them through their school careers.
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