In December 2020, Success Centers was named among the recipients of a grant and participation in Microsoft Corp.’s competitive community skills grant program to support professional skills development programs for the community.
Success Centers was one of 50 selected grantees to receive a multi-year unrestricted cash grant, plus leadership development opportunities from industry experts to strengthen its networks and support the professional development of its leaders. Additionally, Success Centers will receive technology enablement support from Microsoft, which will provide software and digital consulting services, to support Success Centers’ digital transformation for improved technological capacity.
“Last June, our CEO Satya Nadella committed Microsoft to put its data, technology, and partnerships to work to help improve the lives of Black and African American people across the country,” said Kate Behncken, Vice President and Lead of Microsoft Philanthropies. “We’re proud to partner with these fifty organizations, led by and serving Black and African American people, that are providing access to the digital skills needed for so many jobs today. We’re inspired by their work, and excited we can be a part of it.”
The economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating rate of global digital transformation marks this as an important time for Success Centers to expand its professional skills development programs. Black and African American communities have felt the impacts of this pandemic disproportionately, and Success Centers aims to work with its community to ensure an equitable economic recovery.