The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) Workforce Institute’s Apprenti program raised $290,000 during its annual Giving Gala in May.

The Apprenti program recruits, trains, and places women, veterans, and people of color into tech industry positions by offering free training to more than 200 apprentices, according to WTIA.

Each apprentice receives two to five months of classroom and technical training before starting one year of paid, on-the-job training with companies that include Amazon, Accenture, Avvo, Comtech, F5, Microsoft, and Silicon Mechanics. The program has proved to be popular, according to organizers, with nearly 6,000 people applying to be applicants since it was launched in 2016.

The Apprenti program is part of WTIA Workforce Institute’s aim to alleviate the tech industry’s workforce shortage and identify diverse talent to meet industry needs. The program expanded its services to California, Michigan, Ohio, and Oregon in December, and it was awarded a $7.5 million contract with the United States Department of Labor in 2016.