Two Refugee Youth Are Making Waves in Utah’s Tech Sector

For the past several years, Utah’s Refugee Services Office (RSO) has offered free, volunteer-led tech classes for refugees. Initially, these classes began with a youth focus, but eventually grew into certification-based classes for adults. In spite of the shift, two 17-year-old refugee youth showed great commitment and continued on into the adult classes.

Omar, from Somalia, and Abdullah, from Iraq, have attended three years of ongoing computer programming training. RSO staff connected them with internships through the Salt Lake County Youth Services Summer Internship Program and private sector tech partners.

Both Omar and Abdullah completed their second year of internships, with their the second summer internship at MX Technologies in Lehi. Through their hard work, each of them excelled beyond expectations and both were offered full-time employment as Junior Software Developers upon graduation of high school by MX CEO Ryan Caldwell. Omar and Abdullah will graduate high school with an industry standard certification (Oracle OCA Java Certification), two tech internships, connections to a wide network of professionals in the field and a standing job offer.

Congratulations Omar and Abdullah!

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