Skillspire wins grants from tech and media giants to grow under-represented student's technical careers


Yasmin Ali, Founder and CEO of Skillspire | Photo courtesy: Yasmin Ali

Skillspire has gained media attention in the Seattle Times along with winning one of six Seattle Times Community Connect grants in the amount of a whopping $50,000 for each winner in print or digital advertising services, plus receiving research and marketing at no cost.  Skillspire is being recognized as an inspirational and underrepresented local business making an impact in the Pacific Northwest. 

Being an inspiration to our area and a woman-owned business, Founder and CEO Yasmin Ali told Seattle Times "We envision a technology sector that better reflects the population it serves by training and supporting diverse, historically underrepresented communities in their journeys to enter technical careers."

Students are trained in "web development, data analytics, software engineering and cybersecurity" with students being assisted with job searches, mentorships and pathways in support of obtaining high-paying jobs in the technology sector.

Students come from a variety of communities such as "Latinx, African American, immigrant and refugee populations" where companies offering apprenticeship programs and on-the-job training would help support graduates in equitable and inclusive work environments.

Ali has not stopped at winning a grant from The Seattle Times but has won a grant through the Comcast RISE program, announced just seven days ago.  Comcast RISE "provides marketing, technology, and capital support to small business owners" according to the announcement.

The sizable grant of $10,000 for Skillspire and each of the other 100 winning businesses supports the need for technically trained employees entering into the tech field in the Bellevue-Seattle greater region.

TBZ first learned of Skillspire, located in Bellevue, after Ali posted an article called, Skillspire's commitment to helping refugees and veterans, on TBZ's Community page.  TBZ went on to publish a spotlight piece of the company here.

Skillspire will be able to grow with the great visibility these grants will provide and be in a better position to serve this large, diverse group of professionally trained students who otherwise may have not found a way to obtain professional, technical jobs otherwise.  With the help of Skillspire they can now find ways, pathways and support to get those jobs in our ever-growing technical community of the greater Bellevue-Seattle region.

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