ABOUT TRANSCEND IT

Transcend IT is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with Women, veterans and BI POC (black, indigenous, people of color) to move into technology careers by providing a framework of education, job skills training, financial literacy, career placement and continual mentorship and guidance.

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Transcend IT’s programs are here to provide enrolled participants with a no cost gateway to sustainable employment and income.

Employment opportunities are out there but there are barriers, such as, needing experience or secondary education. Information Technology jobs are one of the biggest areas of growth in our economy but yet the demographic we serve is the least represented within the industry.

The key to our success in accomplishing this is not what we do but how we do it. Our formula places just the right amount of responsibility on each participant and but also builds in dedicated experts to supplement the process so that the typical obstacles that are faced will be overcome easily.

What Transcend IT Stands For

TRANSFORMATION EMPOWERMENT HOPE INNOVATION ADAPTABILITY MENTORSHIP

Transformation happens when an individual can thrive as who they are

Empowerment happens when an individual can thrive as who they are

Hope happens when an individual can thrive as who they are

Innovation happens when an individual can thrive as who they are

Adaptability happens when an individual can thrive as who they are

Mentor happens when an individual can thrive as who they are

Our Mission

Breaking systemic barriers to create equitable employment for underrepresented communities by providing access to technology skills, job placement, and mentorship.

Our Vision

To be a thought leader and advocate for whole person practices within training, inclusive hiring, and job placement in the Twin Cities.

Our Team

Adrian Ratnayake

Executive Director

Eric Begin

Sr. Director of Operations

Amintha Ratnayake

Director of Education

Rob Joles

Recruiter

Angela Anderson

Development Specialist

Brenda Beltran

Lead Trainer

Adam Laursen

Systems Analyst

Svetlana Shetinina

Research and
Development Specialist

Our Board of Directors

Barb Brown, Nurse Instructor - Moraine Park Technical College

Ellliott Payne, Innovation Team - City of Minneapolis

Jermaine Brown, Director Supply Chain Finance - Target

Danielle Steer, Managing Director - Lunar Startups

Sam Ndely, Communications & Outreach Coordinator - MEDA