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Cognizant U.S. Foundation and National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Announce Technical Skills Training Opportunities for Women in Alabama

Funded by the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, This Will Expand Technology Training Opportunities and Diversify the Pool of Technical Workers

BIRMINGHAM, Sep. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --  Today, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) announces new Technical Skills Training opportunities available to Aspirations in Computing Community members across Alabama. Aspirations in Computing, an NCWIT flagship talent development program, serves more than 15,000 girls and women across the United States. The effort announced today is part of the Alabama Digital Skills Initiative, which launched in Spring 2019 with a $4.1 million dollar grant from the Cognizant U.S. Foundation.

The announcement will be made as part of the TechTuesday event, hosted by Tech Birmingham. Tech Tuesday is the popular monthly speaker series program where technologists, leaders, and experts in computing-related fields present topics of interest to CEOs and other community leaders.

NCWIT, in collaboration with Tech BirminghamInnovate Birmingham, and other regional partners, will provide technical training opportunities, such as Software Engineering and Data Analytics, to members of the Aspirations in Computing Community in Alabama, especially those who desire to gain employment in regional technical positions. These courses will help fill skills gaps identified by industry leaders, and will contribute to existing efforts to build the technical workforce in Alabama.

In addition to announcing the Technical Skills Training program at the Tech Tuesday event, NCWIT will discuss several of its other regional initiatives, including AspireIT coding events for K-12 girls, Counselors for Computing workshops offering computing career information for professional school counselors, and the addition of several new post-secondary academic partners statewide.

Learn More:

·         NCWIT: https://www.ncwit.org/about

·         Cognizant U.S. Foundation: https://cognizantusfoundation.org

·         Cognizant's investments in the U.S. workforce: https://www.cognizant.com/careers/us-education-skills-training-programs

About NCWIT

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,100 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase girls' and women's meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.


About Cognizant U.S. Foundation

Cognizant U.S. Foundation is a non-profit private foundation created and funded by Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and skills initiatives for U.S. workers and students.  Learn more at: https://cognizantusfoundation.org


About TechBirmingham

TechBirmingham is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit membership tech association focused on growing the technology ecosystem and innovation economy in our region. The mission of TechBirmingham is to strengthen, grow and promote the technology ecosystem in our region. Our programs and efforts are focused on increasing awareness, building community, fostering collaboration and providing tech education among industry and technology professionals. Learn more at https://www.techbirmingham.com/.


About Innovate Birmingham

The Innovate Birmingham workforce partnership offers scholarships for associates and bachelor degrees in technical fields as well as fast-track training opportunities developed in response to local demand. Fast-track training courses, including software development and data analytics, provide professional development and employer engagement in addition to technical training for job readiness in as little as 3 months. Learn more at http://www.innovatebham.com/.

SOURCE Cognizant U.S. Foundation

For further information, please email connect@cognizantusfoundation.org

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