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Apprenti Wins Geeks Give Back Award

On May 2nd, GeekWire honored the best in the Pacific Northwest technology world with their annual awards night at the Museum of Pop Culture. Included in their honorees this year were the Washington Technology Industry Association and Apprenti, winning the Geeks Give Back Award.  The award, presented by BECU, is intended for “community-powered organizations that are making Seattle a better place” and has been awarded in the past to TAF, Tableau, and PATH. Previously the award was chosen based on online voting, but this year GeekWire chose an expert jury panel to pick the winner.

On hand to accept the award were Apprenti Executive Director Jennifer Carlson, WTIA CEO Michael Schutzler, Program Manager Fuzz Azni, Program Coordinators Auriana Robin and Ryan Foster, Education and Training Manager Jenice Stover, and several other members of the WTIA staff.

When asked about the award, Jennifer Carlson said, “What can I say but WOW! What an incredible honor. The program is growing rapidly, and recognizing the contributions we’re making means the sector agrees with the mission and intent of the program – attracting, retraining and retaining diverse people from other walks of life, based on competency rather than pedigree, can work to fill our talent gap.”

More information about the Geekwire awards can be found here:

Revealed: GeekWire Awards 2019 winners crowned as we celebrate the best of Pacific Northwest tech

Geeks Give Back award winner: WTIA’s Apprenti program provides path to ‘life changing’ tech jobs


  • Ellen O’Brien

    Ellen O’Brien is Apprenti’s Program Admin. Prior to working at Apprenti, she gained experience at other non-profits as well as providing administrative support in a variety of other industries. She is glad to be part of a team working to help people advance their careers. Ellen has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington Bothell. When not at work she enjoys volunteering, traveling, experimenting with new recipes, and spending time with her three cats and her husband.

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