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Employment Training

NIB provides a variety of training programs to help people who are blind build successful careers. From basics such as business concepts, writing and communications, and web-based research to intensive development programs designed to prepare participants for professional managerial positions, NIB training programs open up a world of opportunity for people who are blind to pursue careers in fields of their choosing.

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Contract Management Support Training Program

NIB’s Contract Management Support (CMS) training program provides people who are blind with the technical skills needed for high-growth career opportunities in contract administration. Through a partnership with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University, participants in the CMS training program gain the skills needed to fulfill a critical need for qualified specialists to close-out executed government contracts. CMS graduates working in the AbilityOne Contract Management Support Program have identified more than $2 billion for de-obligation, and a number have been hired for permanent positions with the federal government as contract specialists.

The CMS training program is open to U.S. citizens who are blind or legally blind, have a 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience, and are highly proficient in using adaptive technology such as screen readers and magnification applications.
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The AbilityOne Program is partnering with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management. Click here to learn more about the core courses.

For more information about the CMS training program, contact cms.info@nib.org

You can also learn more by reading our article in Opportunity magazine. 

Professional Mastery of Office Technology for Employment (ProMOTE) 

NIB’s Professional Mastery of Office Technology for Employment (ProMOTE) training program provides advanced training to assistive technology users who are blind or have low vision. Starting with the basics of understanding computers and software, ProMOTE’s immersive training model emulates modern offices, mixing formal instruction with time-sensitive project-based work that simulates the rigor and collaboration of the workplace. By the end of the four-week program, ProMOTE graduates have mastered Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as internet research and creating accessible documents.

ProMOTE is designed for students who have intermediate knowledge of the assistive technology they use, but may have learning gaps or need additional training to be competitive in the job market.

For more information on ProMOTE, contact Billy Parker at bparker@nib.org.

You can also learn more by reading our article in Opportunity magazine. 

Information Assurance

Against a backdrop of increasing threats to computer systems, NIB’s Information Assurance (IA) training program prepares people who are blind for employment in a growing career field – the U.S. Department of Labor estimates demand for information security professionals will increase by 18% in the next decade.

NIB’s IA training program provides participants with the knowledge and experience needed for A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). CompTIA certifications validate understanding of the most common hardware and software technologies in business and certifies the skills necessary to support complex IT infrastructures.

NIB’s online curriculum removes geographic location as a barrier to training, and allows participants to maintain current employment while preparing for a new career. Participants in NIB’s IA program must be legally blind, have an undergraduate degree or comparable experience and pass an aptitude assessment to demonstrate mastery of the assistive technologies needed to perform the work.

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For more information about NIB’s IA training program, contact Billy Parker at bparker@nib.org

You can also learn more by reading our article in Opportunity magazine.