Hispanic Center earns digital skills training grant

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Courtesy Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

A nonprofit membership and advocacy organization will expand its programming thanks to a recent grant.

The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan this week said it was one of 20 Latino-led and -serving nonprofits nationwide to receive a $25,000 grant from the Hispanic Federation (HF) in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal.

The goal of the grant is to boost digital workforce training through the newly launched Latino Digital Equity Centers initiative from HF and Comcast. This initiative seeks to strengthen organizations serving the Latino community with workforce development and digital training programs.

“As the world keeps changing (toward) a more digital economy, it is crucial that our Latino community has the support to keep up with the changes,” said Evelyn Esparza, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. “We are grateful for this partnership with Comcast that directly addresses the digital divide. We must continue to amplify our Latino community’s voices and advocate for resources and opportunities that will bring prosperity for our families.”

With these funds, the Hispanic Center will receive a training program known as the Digital Accelerator, which is designed to strengthen the organization’s capacity, programs and reach in the digital workforce development space.

The Hispanic Center also will be equipped to launch digital career centers that offer online and in-person training.

The center said it aims to help 100 Latino residents through this initiative. The program will take shape over the next year.

In selecting grantees, HF said it prioritized Latino-led and -serving nonprofits with a demonstrated track record of providing workforce development to Latino communities and having a commitment to enhance digital skills training.

A total of $635,000 in grant funding was awarded to selected organizations nationwide.

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