Through a partnership in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, Tonei Triplett, owner of Kree8tive Techs in Forestville, Md., was able to obtain and donate computer monitors to the "Helping Other People Exceed (H.O.P.E.)" project, located on the campus of The International Graduate University in Southeast.
"I arranged for a donation of the monitors through a federal government excess program because I wanted to support other individuals that have a passion to teach or work in the Information Technology (IT) field," said Triplett said, who added that he's been blessed to start his own IT company that includes programming, setting up and repairing computer systems. "I started doing this at a relatively young age and have been successful. From my personal experience, I realize how important it is to follow your dreams. But, I also recall having opportunities afforded to me, which helped get me to where I am today. It is my goal to continue giving back, helping to make a positive difference, partnering with others and assisting to help other people excel."
H.O.P.E. is an IT training program dedicated to providing technical training and development for young adults. H.O.P.E. founder and President Raymond Bell said he launced the program in 2009 to assist individuals who have been faced with grim circumstances within the community.
"My training program is not only an outlet for them to learn about IT, but the knowledge they gain and the skills they develop as they progress through the program, provides them with hands-on experience,." Bell said. "Upon completing the training program, most of our graduates are placed in IT Helpdesk and Application Support positions -- federal government agencies to Fortune 500 companies."