Local Philanthropist Donates $500,000 toward Interapt Skills Program

LOUISVILLE, KY  December 7, 2017 – –  Louisville resident Brook T. Smith, a successful entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, is donating $500,000 to support an innovative training program that will put high school seniors on a path for a career in technology by teaching them iOS and Android coding skills.

Curriculum for the program, called Interapt Skills, will be taught by Interapt’s expert coding developers. It begins January 8 and will run through May 16.  Participants will spend a portion of the day at school and another portion at  Interapt’s new training facility, which will be located on River Road in Louisville, KY.

“As you can imagine, my wife Pam (a former teacher) and I have had many conversations about funding the Interapt Skills for High School program, given the magnitude of this commitment,” added Smith. “Our hope is that businesses across Louisville and the Commonwealth will take note, step up, and hire these soon-to-be highly qualified young men and women.”

Interapt Founder and CEO Ankur Gopal said, “This program would not be possible without Brook’s support. He is passionately committed to preparing students for the gig economy and growing tomorrow’s workforce.”  

The program is free of charge to students from three school districts currently eligible to apply to the program:  Jefferson County, Eminence Independent, and Shelby County.  The districts will be providing transportation to and from the program.

“In their final semester of high school, students will learn fundamental coding skills for Apple and Android mobile apps. These are valuable skills that will not only prepare them for a potential career path as a software developer, but also introduce them to multiple career paths within the software development life cycle,” Gopal said. “We believe our immersive and industry-centric training can help address our country’s technology skills gap, while simultaneously creating skills, jobs, and new opportunity for students and companies in our Commonwealth. Those that complete the program will be extremely well prepared to enter into a 2-year degree, a 4-year degree, or an apprenticeship program; leading to a job.”

Transform Education Kentucky (TEK) is the nonprofit behind the new high school program. CEO Barbara Bellissimo said, “By the year 2020, there will be over 10,000 open technology jobs in the Louisville metro area. Many businesses are already struggling to find skilled software developers. Brook’s experience as a successful entrepreneur and private sector investor give him a unique ability to recognize and develop game-changing projects.”

Apply online today! www.InteraptSkills.com.

Brook T. Smith  After graduating from Clemson University, Brook T. Smith has spent the last twenty-five years as a proven expert in the surety-bonding sector. His company, Smith-Manus, has gained its success by providing bonds on behalf of hundreds of companies across
numerous industries throughout the United States and Canada.

As an impassioned, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Brook dedicates his time to supporting social enterprise entrepreneurs and nonprofits as they apply commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human sustainability and environmental wellbeing.

Brook is also a devoted supporter of his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and actively
participates in multiple organizations. He has served on the board of directors of The Speed Art Museum, Locust Grove Historic Home, and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

Interapt, LLC transforms clients and empower humans with technology.  Intearpt’s vision is to be part of a thriving, inclusive technology ecosystem in middle-America that invests in people and communities.   For more information, visit www.interapt.com.

Transform Education Kentucky transforms education by identifying and piloting innovations. They do this by: connecting innovators and capital and evaluating ROI; providing support to scale innovations; and creating opportunities for collaboration and learning among stakeholders. Find out more at www.transformedky.org.

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