February 20, 2020
Tech Foundry Gets $35K and Promotional, Volunteer Support

July 24, 2016 — Tech Foundry, a Springfield nonprofit that partners with area employers to identify information technology skills that can be taught to local students, has received a $35,000 grant and promotional and volunteer aid to support its ongoing mission.

The announcement, made last week by Citizens Bank and New England Cable News Network (NECN), is the latest in their jointly administered Champions in Action program, which is designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities.

Through a combination of hands-on training, mentoring and internships, Tech Foundry takes students with little to no information technology (IT) experience and teaches them the exact skills needed by area employers.

“We are grateful to Citizens and NECN for their partnership and generous support of our mission,” said Jonathan Edwards, director of strategic partnerships, Tech Foundry. “Their Champions in Action award is a critical endorsement of our work and we thank them for their partnership which will foster economic growth and workforce development by putting Springfield’s youth and others into a sustainable career path in IT.”

Tech Foundry has made an enormous impact in our state and in the lives of students, taking young adults with minimal IT experience and giving them the specific skills and training they need to succeed in an entry level position,” said Jerry Sargent, president, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts. “

"NECN is proud to have teamed up with Citizens Bank to present this Champion in Action recognition to the innovative workforce development organization, Tech Foundry,” said Mike St. Peter, senior vice president and general manager of NECN. “It is a privilege to lend our support to forward-thinking organizations that are providing training and career guidance to local students.”

In connection with the award, Tech Foundry will:
  • Receive a $35,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank
  • Be featured on NECN through a series of public service announcements and television profiles that will air over the course of 6 months
  • The opportunity for the organization’s executive director to participate in a mentoring relationship with a Citizens Bank executive
  • Promotional support, including brochures in Citizens Bank branches
  • Be showcased on Citizens Bank and NECN websites.
Established in 2013 by Delcie Bean and Josh Finkel, Tech Foundry graduated its first class last year and today with a staff of five people offers a full-time program.

To date, the Champions in Action program has awarded 46 nonprofits more than $1.2 million in grants and promotional support in Massachusetts.

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