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gENESYS WORKS PROVIDES economically-challenged students with opportunities in IT
By Michael Kassner, Tech Republic, June 1, 2014
Genesys Works enables economically disadvantaged high school students to thrive as IT pros. As a result, 95% of the students that complete the program's IT internships enroll in college.
Dorothy O'Berry walked to the podium prepared to tell 400 IT professionals her life story. O'Berry was also there to thank them. Taking a deep breath, O'Berry began by saying her story was about doors: revolving doors that offered limited hope, inviting doors that changed her life, and open doors to a world where she can contribute and be valued.
Revolving doors and limited hope were a reference to O'Berry's not so distant past. It is hard for most to imagine attending high school while living in a homeless shelter. O'Berry does not have to imagine -- it was real for her. As for hope, studying at night in a homeless shelter could not have offered much.