Morehouse College Partners with Information Technology Industry Council to Launch New Center Aimed at Diversifying the Global Tech Industry Workforce

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ATLANTE, October 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Morehouse Collegethe nation’s only historically black liberal arts institution dedicated to the education and development of men, and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)a global technology trade association representing 80 of the world’s most innovative companies, are teaming up to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the technology ecosystem by launching the new Center for Broadening Computing Participation (CBPC). Installed at Morehouse College, the CBPC is an academic and industry collaboration aimed at preparing underrepresented students to compete for careers in technology, while developing strategies to make the technology ecosystem a more just, innovative and equitable space for people of all socio-economic backgrounds. CBPC is advised by a Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) of technology experts to elevate STEM education nationwide, expand curriculum, and serve as an industry resource for best practices that strengthen the pipeline for recruiting and training students of color.

The Center will serve as a hub for training college students in 19 metropolitan areas.Atlanta institutions in the region through morehouse participation in the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education. High school students across the state Georgia will also have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the centre. Strategic partnerships with universities such as Carnegie Mellon Universitythe University of Illinois – Urbana Champaignand the Georgia Institute of Technology will provide students with access to opportunities and training from top computer science programs. A collaboration with the tech start-up Karat will allow several technical interviews in free practice thanks to their Brilliant Black Minds program. The Centre’s partnership with Coursera, a leading online platform, will give morehouse students have access to over 3,000 courses in business, technology and data science from leading universities and companies.

“The Center for Broadening Participation in Computing will help ensure that people of color remain the drivers of the ingenuity they always have been, especially as we navigate the open, borderless range of the science and technology frontier,” said David A. Thomasdoctorate, Morehouse College President. “A cutting-edge STEM education, infused with a leading liberal arts foundation and close engagement with leaders in the field, will provide talented students with a unique experience that will uniquely prepare them to be global leaders. innovation.”

The Centre’s Innovation Advisory Board, which includes representatives from ITI member companies, will leverage the vision and expertise of companies to offer internships, scholarships and direct recruitment pathways, as well as advice that will strengthen morehouse degree and certification programs in emerging and advanced technologies and related fields. ITI and its member companies will provide the expertise, logistics and financial resources to support the Innovation Advisory Board. morehouse faculty will also receive ongoing technical training and professional development opportunities.

STEM majors and other students interested in careers in the tech industry, at Morehouse College and the Atlanta University System will benefit from the center’s career development and networking opportunities, as well as its industry knowledge in technology’s growth areas. According to a national study, black employees are among the most underrepresented groups in the tech workforce, accounting for just 7% of workers.

The Center represents an amalgamation of four distinct programs at Morehouse College, including the Morehouse Software Engineering Degree Program, the culturally relevant Morehouse Computer Science Lab, and the National Science Foundation-funded Institute for African-American Computer Science Mentorship. As part of its outreach, the Center will host a collaborative conference to share research and strategies with peers from higher education and the tech industry.

“What makes the Innovation Advisory Board special is the collective expertise of 80 technology companies united in a common goal,” says the CBPC’s first executive director, Dr. Kinnis Gosha. “The council is well aware that investments and programming by individual companies will never lead to lasting and impactful change in the country’s ability to produce a diverse technology workforce. They are also aware that investments must be strategic and involve the institutions that are ultimately responsible for training future students.”

The partnership between ITI and morehouse attracted stakeholders to serve as inaugural members of the Center’s Innovation Advisory Board, including New York State Chief Information Officer Col. Angelo “Tony” Riddick and representatives from Amazon, AMD, Dropbox, EY, IBM, HP, Mastercard, NetApp, SAP, Tata Consultancy Services, Tenable and Twilio.

“Innovation depends on including diverse voices and experiences across industries,” said President and CEO of ITI Jason Oxman. “By leveraging the expertise of the world’s leading technology companies and excellence in education at Morehouse College, this partnership will equip students with the skills and experience they need to build careers in technology and lead the industry by addressing the risks and opportunities presented by technology. This partnership will turn capability into action, transform technology education in minority-serving institutions, and deepen engagement between industry and academia for the benefit of our future leaders. »

Learn more about the members of the Innovation Advisory Council.

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