Starting from humble beginnings, The Ladder Alliance has grown to impact thousands of individuals.

Sharon Cox, a high school business computer teacher in El Paso, TX founded The Ladder Alliance after realizing most of her students were living in poverty and were the children of migrant farm workers.

Knowing that computer skills were essential to employment in a technical job market, Sharon realized that the computer skills her students were learning would assure they could secure employment following graduation.

In 2001, following a move to Fort Worth, Sharon realized her dream of opening a non-profit that focused on teaching computer skills to women survivors of domestic violence and low-income women.

In January of 2003, The Ladder Alliance held its first class consisting of seven students from Women’s Haven (now SafeHaven) in donated space at First Christian Church.

In 2015, the second training program, Professional Office Skills Training, was developed to provide more advanced skills geared towards administrative level careers. The Ladder Alliance partnered with the TCU education department to develop a Business Communications curriculum to be added to the program.

In 2017, The Ladder Alliance begins development of the Certification Program to become a Microsoft Office Specialist Program to serve ESL learners in the Tarrant County Adult Education & Literacy Consortium.

Sharon Cox retired in April of 2019, after 17 years of service.