WOS Teams with Carnegie Mellon to Create the Entertainment Tech Leaders of Tomorrow
Written by Panela Leung
WOS is proud to announce a new partnership with The Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon University to collaborate on the creation of an entertainment technology training program.
Headquartered in New York City and expanded into six states, WOS is a nonprofit organization that helps underserved populations to gain personal, professional, and financial independence though educational and career training.
WOS’ unique work-study training program has successfully provided talent pipelines in various IT and business operations sectors for corporate clients including Prudential, Johnson & Johnson, Avon, and the New York City Housing Authority.
The WOS-ETC program will create work-study programs that train individuals for careers in the video gaming, social media, marketing, and live-entertainment industries. This cooperation blends WOS’ innovative talent-development model with The ETC’s innovative graduate program to enable low-income youth and military veterans the education and real-world experience to be competitive in the entertainment technology industry.
In 2005, Columbia University’s Dr. Arthur Langer started WOS with the dream “that inner–city and rural low–income individuals can climb to higher levels of success if given a fair opportunity.” For more than six years, WOS has enabled 300+ untapped high school graduates and military veterans to prosper in private-sector careers, and many have been hired directly by our sponsor companies.
The ETC has been called “the dream fulfillment factory”—and it has never been truer than now. The ETC and WOS joining efforts have strengthened both organizations in their missions to do, what Andrew Carnegie called, “lasting good.”