“You’re taking [people] from the ground level and putting them in a readiness program so they can advance into the marketplace…
[I’m] making sure everyone gets a fair start, and they start at their level of skill, in order to build them up to what the industry is requiring.”
Linda Nelson is an Executive Director at Pyramid Community Development Corporation (Pyramid CDC). The primary focus of Pyramid CDC programming is to serve as an employment gateway; a solution for the Tech Talent shortage in Columbus, Ohio; an affordable Basic and IT Certification training option; a STEM and robotic camp for youth and a Digital Literacy Training Program for seniors. Also to provide training and technical assistance to startups and expanding micro-businesses.
Describing the impact of Pyramid CDC in the Linden Community, Linda
said, “This past year, they were able to provide three (3) cohorts of basic IT training to seniors at the new Linden Community Center".
They provided a nine (9) week SMARTNET IT, Entrepreneurship and Sport Management Career Summer Camp at Milo Grogan Recreation Center for youth, ages eleven (11) through fourteen (14). The camp concluded with the youth designing and implementing a Dodgeball Tournament, using their business model for their peers. The students marketed; held fundraisers; designed uniforms and recruited players for the tournament.
In the conclusion of the program, each student received a Proclamation from the Columbus
When using a phrase to describe the impact of Pyramid CDC, Mrs.
Nelson said this, “It's **building a new generation of IT end users**. Our course is multi-generational. Pyramid CDC programming is multi-generational. By teaching a parent
or a grandparent computer technology skills, they would be likely to advocate a student's choice of STEM / IT as a career. It's building a generation of new IT experts. Many in the community of Linden do not have access to home computers
and Internet, which requires Pyramid CDC to meet them where they are educated when conducting our training."
With every career and passion, there are high and low points, this
is how Linda describes her high points: “Students completing CompTIA IT Fundamentals; CompTIA A+ and Front-end
Software Developer IT Certification classes, with little to no prior IT experience, is extremely rewarding to see them become Certified with an IT Industry standard credential.
It’s also rewarding to see our senior students thrive for more training
and our youth attendance at 89% throughout our summer programs."
If Linda Nelson had a superpower, this is what it would be; “I would
obtain funding and resources to assist Linden with building IT Infrastructures to support free Wi-Fi and a Technology Center to provide STEM / IT Training to increase the level of individuals obtaining a career in IT”.
In addition, Linda’s superpowers would include building technology
education programming that bridges a connection to the Columbus students; farmers and rural areas. After working for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for twenty-four (24) years, Linda has firsthand knowledge of Ohio’s broadband struggles in the rural
areas and lack of technology resources for farmers. "Having students from both the city and rural areas collaborates on agriculture science projects to research processing and products of food. Teaching them how to apply genetic improvement; the use of technology and development of specific properties of diverse cereals; fruits; flowers; forest trees and vegetables, as well as the handling of cultivations and native forests, would be a win-win for all parties involved."