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Ken Rosen

Supporter of the NetHope Academy since 2007

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Ken Rosen has been a supporter of Nethope Academy since 2007

Ken Rosen has been a supporter of Nethope Academy since 2007

June 2011. Ken Rosen, Director of Community and Evangelism at Microsoft Learning, has been instrumental in the success of NetHope Academy from the very beginning as NetHope kicked off the pilot program for IT skills training in Nairobi in July 2007. The story began when Ken was introduced to the Academy Program concept and helped kick off the NetHope program at the MCT Summit in Zurich. At the Summit the NetHope Academy team asked for volunteers to help train NetHope Academy members and was immediately overwhelmed with hundreds of Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) offering to volunteer their time. Since then Ken Rosen has traveled to Nairobi and Haiti where the NetHope Academy conducted programs for IT workers and interns. He has been instrumental in helping to secure donations of Microsoft products and curriculum to help others learn and improve their knowledge of technology.

People who know Ken and have worked with him; know he finds unique ways to merge his love for technology and community building with his passion to help others. He has spent his career connecting people; whether through the Microsoft Certified Training (MCT) program he managed for years or via the “Born to Learn” blog which he helped start to promote all aspects of Microsoft Learning.

Only weeks after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ken was part of a team that traveled to Haiti to assess the logistics of setting up a NetHope Academy Internship program. The program was developed to address the lack of qualified IT professionals to support ICT related interventions. It has been difficult for young, talented Haitians to find work in the ICT field. Many computer science students and graduates are unable to find employment because they lack the requisite work experience that employers demand. Ken travelled with the NetHope team to meet with NetHope member agencies like World Vision, Save the Children, and CHF to determine which IT skills would be needed in these agencies to support their efforts in Haiti. Together with the NetHope Academy team Ken helped identify curriculum needs, connect with Microsoft Certified Trainers, and gather support within Microsoft. Ken’s work directly helped the 39 Haitian IT students who graduated from the internship program in March 2011. The program allowed participating students to apply their skills immediately to help rebuild Haiti through the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) they supported. For many students the program opened the door for an IT career in the NGO field. Many graduated with full time job offerings along with their diplomas.

The students were not the only ones who learned something during this first year of the NetHope Academy Internship program; Ken also learned a few things about dealing with and overcoming technology constraints. The stories from Haiti on how challenges have been overcome and information and communication technology and ICT skills have been applied to save lives are an inspiration for him. He is pleased that the internship program has been able to contribute to these efforts. However, there were certain technology constraints that remained a challenge for Ken and the students. With a smile he tells how he and the students fought over the air conditioning in the classrooms. He argued that it was not turned on while the students complained how cold they were.

Learn more about NetHope Academy Haiti