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Computer Tech Training at Operation Breakthrough's New Ignition Lab

Posted: 01/09/2022

For Immediate Hire:                                      
A tech-trained educator interested in working with at-risk high school students at a brand new workforce training center located at Kansas City’s nationally-recognized Ignition Lab, a program of the nonprofit Operation Breakthrough (O.B.).  Applicant(s) must have demonstrated experience and/or qualifications for teaching high-school age students, and also possess IT skills and experience for teaching students to become computer repair technicians, and to obtain the IC3 certification. 

  • IC3 – The Internet and Computing Core Certification is an international standardized test that assesses an individual's knowledge and ability to use computers, software and the Internet. ... The IC3 certification reflects foundation skills needed in today's academic and business environments.
In November, 2021, the Ignition Lab opened at O.B., thanks to the financial contributions and support of Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chief’s All-Pro tight end.  As a nonprofit partner of O.B., PCs for People Kansas City committed to a Computer Tech training program at the Ignition Lab, and received private grant support to pilot a certification training program for two years.  Both Operation Breakthrough and PCs for People are committed to funding the program beyond the first two pilot years.

Additional details:
The classes will take place at the Operation Breakthrough campus, located at 3039 Troost Ave in Kansas City, Missouri’s urban core.  Class hours will be 4 Days per week, two groups per day from 8 to 9 and 9:10 to 10:10 Monday through Thursday—the groups, from two different KC high schools, who receive transportation to the Ignition Lab,  and will alternate  Monday-Wednesday, Tuesday-Thursday
An additional high school group will hold  1 class 12:50 to 2:00  M, T, W,
TBD will be an additional after school session with high school aged kids of other O.B. families who have pre-school kids who attend O.B.’s regular early ed and childcare programs
Compensation for the high-school training program will be stipended at an hourly rate, based on the two-year grant;   and additional compensation is likely for the selected candidate who can provide additional IT support for other day to day Operation Breakthrough programs.  The program is scheduled to being on Monday, January 17, 2022; so applications are encouraged with the utmost of urgency.
Please contact Tom Esselman, Executive Director, PCs for People Kansas City, at, and include relevant background information and availability for a phone or video interview.  Proof of Covid-19 full vaccination is required, and proof of a booster shot is strongly encouraged, but not an absolute requirement

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