We are passionate advocates for people with disabilities committed to enriching lives. We are launching the first of it's kind St. Andrew Academy in the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2021. Our goal is to enable meaningful employment of people with disabilities and enrich their Faith lives.
The St. Andrew Academy is for young adults with special needs. Our mission is to build our candidates in Faith and train them for Information Technology (IT) jobs. We aspire for all our students to secure meaningful in-demand IT jobs in less than a year, and enable a lifetime of riches from their Faith.
Our plans are to offer this program online and in-person from our classrooms in Livonia and Troy in June 2021. The program will be tuition free to qualified students through the generous support of our donors and sponsors. The technical training and certification program builds on the successful "Bridge Academy" programs in the US and Europe. The Faith enrichment program, "Faith Pathways", is being developed in partnership with the National Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Detroit and area Parishes.
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The Problem we are Addressing:
Lost Human Potential and Chronic Unemployment
4 in 5 people with disabilities are not employed while employers struggle to find qualified Information Technology talent. Many are capable of these jobs with the right training and development.
The St. Andrew Academy bridges the great potential of people with disabilities to meaningful jobs which enrich their lives.
The IT Talent Gap is Increasing
The demand for Information Technology (IT) skills continues to grow while the supply of capable and available talent is not keeping pace. The Covid-19 pandemic is causing acceleration of business digitization which is increasing this IT talent gap.
We develop people with disabilities for these high paying in-demand jobs and prepare them for a lifetime of success. The St. Andrew Academy will transform and enrich lives.
Solving the Skills Gap and Enabling Full Human Potential
The St. Andrew Academy is an accessible IT skills and spiritual enrichment program designed and adapted for persons with disabilities enabling globally portable industry certification and meaningful employment in less than a year. We help our candidates realize their full human and spiritual potential.
Our Patron Saint
We chose St. Andrew as the Patron Saint of our program because:
- He was the first disciple of Jesus, and we envision this program as the first of its kind.
- St. Andrew is the patron saint of fisherman. Our motto is: “give a man a fish, he will eat today, but teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime”
- Enabled the Loaves and Fishes miracle and we hope to replicate our impact to many.
Built on the Foundation of Other Successful Programs
We are building the St. Andrew Academy on the model and best practices from other successful "Bridge Academy" programs in the U.S. and Europe. To date over 90% of our 160 students have graduated, been certified and secured employment. There are
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Donate to the St. Andrew Academy
The St. Andrew Academy has applied for non-profit status as a 501C3 non-profit charity. We rely entirely on donors and grants to fund our program. To help us help others donate at the link below.