TekPerfect, an Information Technology (IT) consulting, design, and support firm serving Alameda and Contra Costa County businesses, has partnered with the Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC) to design and provide a specialized IT training program for ex-offenders. The training will lead to life-sustaining employment with TekPerfect, founded by local entrepreneur Alfonso Hooker.
Born and raised in East Oakland, Mr. Hooker is determined to help raise his community’s skill levels in information technology so that youth and the formerly incarcerated might also have an opportunity to be successful in digital and information technology-based careers.
“We’re starting small, but we hope to move this idea into the arena of a social enterprise to benefit Oakland’s populations facing significant barriers to employment in the IT field, which has historically frozen out reentry populations,” said Mr. Hooker.
Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of the Oakland Private Industry Council, said, “By supporting Oakland’s small businesses, we can help train our residents for future jobs with those companies as well as increasing tax revenues from both to our city.”
Michael Hudson, CEO of CMT Integration Inc., a downtown Oakland-based computer and technology consulting firm, said this kind of “joint-venture will be carefully watched by many nationally known technology companies – Microsoft, Apple, Hewlett Packard, Intel and many others are constantly seeking ways to be relevant to inner-city job creation and new frontiers.”