Earlier this week, Symantec Corp. announced that it is collaborating with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest public housing authority in North America, to provide discounted Norton security software specialist training and internships to NYCHA residents, as part of its ongoing commitment to building strong community relationships.
Symantec will provide job readiness and training initiatives to the more than 400,000 eligible NYCHA residents, who will receive a discount on Norton security software, as well as opportunities to receive specialist certification on software security and participate in Symantec’s internship program.
“Symantec is committed to creating a positive social impact, and we aim to empower people to pursue their career goals through providing access to our products and technical training services,” said Gigi Schumm, vice president and general manager of Symantec’s Public Sector organization. “Providing our products and training solutions to NYCHA residents will open up career opportunities for the underprivileged residents of New York City and provide much needed highly trained employees to the marketplace.”
Symantec donates $19 million in retail value of software each year, globally. Through its Resident Purchase Program, Symantec will provide Norton AntiVirus and security products at a 40 percent discount to NYCHA residents with proof of residency.
“We welcome this strong commitment from Symantec, which will greatly benefit our residents and help reduce the digital divide that impacts our communities,” said NYCHA Chairman, John B. Rhea. “This commitment also assists NYCHA in its efforts to connect our residents to opportunities that will support them in achieving economic stability and success.”
Beyond donating security products, Symantec will offer specialist certification credentials for several security products as a means to validate participants’ technical skills, knowledge and competence. Symantec will also consider NYCHA residents for its internship program.