IBM Extends HBCU Initiatives Through New Industry Collaborations

ARMONK, N.Y., May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) introduced in the present day it has prolonged its IBM Global University Program with traditionally black faculties and universities (HBCUs) to 40 colleges.

IBM is now working with the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to higher put together HBCU college students for in-demand jobs within the digital financial system.

In parallel, the IBM Institute for Business Value launched a brand new report with broad-ranging suggestions on how companies can domesticate extra various, inclusive workforces by establishing related applications and deepening engagement with HBCUs.

IBM’s HBCU program momentum has been sturdy in an surroundings the place solely 43% of leaders throughout business and academia imagine increased schooling prepares college students with mandatory workforce expertise.* In September 2020, IBM announced the funding of $100 million in belongings, know-how and sources to HBCUs throughout the United States. Through IBM Global University Programs, which embrace the constantly enhanced IBM Academic Initiative and IBM Skills Academy, IBM has now:  

  • Distributed no-charge entry to cloud, AI and quantum computing software program, courseware, tutorials and over 330 college visitor lecturers throughout 40 HBCUs.
  • Trained over 247 HBCU school in AI, blockchain, cloud computing, cybersecurity, knowledge science, design considering, Internet of Things and quantum computing.
  • Awarded 15 college students from 9 HBCUs with inaugural IBM Masters Fellowship Awards to assist progress their work in disruptive applied sciences, no matter their subject of examine.

Building on this work, IBM and key HBCU ecosystem companions are actually collaborating to expedite school and pupil entry and use of IBM’s business sources.

  • American Association of Blacks in Higher Education is concerned in quite a few initiatives corresponding to addressing the pipeline of Black school and workers in increased schooling, bringing points pertinent to Black school and workers to the eye of the bigger educational group and recognizing African American achievements and accomplishments to increased schooling. Through this new collaboration with IBM, AABHE members can entry business sources without charge to assist take away gaps in a number of the most in-demand expertise areas.
  • Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering is a non-profit group whose goal is to increase company and authorities alliances with the 15 ABET-accredited HBCU Schools of Engineering to implement and help applications to draw, educate, graduate and place underrepresented minority college students in engineering and laptop science careers. IBM Global University Programs just like the IBM Academic Initiative and the IBM Skills Academy present entry, belongings and alternatives for AMIE’s HBCU school and college students to achieve high-demand expertise in areas like AI, cybersecurity, blockchain, quantum computing and cloud computing.
  • 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is collaborating with IBM throughout its 102 U.S. and worldwide chapters to allow leaders and mentors to introduce college students to sources they might not be conscious they’ve entry to for creating essential expertise in high-demand areas.
  • United Negro College Fund will collaborate with IBM to assist college students maximize their potential by rising their consciousness of business alternatives for in-demand expertise and by offering entry to no-cost sources companies use each day so college students can pursue these expertise for his or her 37 members.

In its new report, “Investing in Black Technical Talent: The Power of Partnering with HBCUs,” IBM describes how HBCUs achieve realizing their mission and innovate to provide an distinctive expertise pipeline, regardless of severe funding challenges. IBM explains its strategy to broad-based HBCU collaboration with a collection of best-practices for business organizations.

IBM’s collection of finest practices embrace:

  • Identify the faculties that make the fitting match
  • Define your technique and decide to it for the long run
  • Get help from the highest
  • Keep a accomplice mindset
  • Define shared metrics for fulfillment
  • Evaluate, enhance and repeat

To obtain the complete report, please go to: LINK.

HBCU college students proceed to have interaction with IBM on a variety of alternatives. These embrace college students taking synthetic intelligence, cybersecurity or cloud e-learning programs and receiving a foundational business badge certificates in 4 hours. Many additionally attend IBM’s digital pupil Wednesday seminars with main specialists, corresponding to IBM neuroscientists who focus on the implications of ethics in neurotechnology. 

Statements from Collaborators
“HBCUs typically deliver a high return on investment. They have less money in their endowments, faculty is responsible for teaching a larger volume of classes per term and they receive less revenue per student than non-HBCUs. Yet, HBCUs produce almost a third of all African-American STEM graduates,”** mentioned Valinda Kennedy, HBCU Program Manager, IBM Global University Programs and co-author of Investing in Black Technical Talent: The Power of Partnering with HBCUs.” “It is both a racial equity and an economic imperative for U.S. industry competitiveness to develop the most in-demand skills and jobs for all students and seek out HBCU students who are typically underrepresented in many of the most high-demand areas.” 

“100 Black Men of America, Inc. is proud to collaborate with IBM to deliver these exceptional and needed resources to the HBCU community and students attending these institutions. The 100 has long supported and sought to identify mechanisms that aid in the sustainability of historically black colleges and universities. This collaboration and the access and opportunities provided by IBM will make great strides in advancing that goal,” acknowledged 100 Black Men of America Chairman Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.

“The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education is proud to collaborate with IBM,” mentioned Dereck Rovaris, President, AABHE. “Our mission to be the premier organization to drive leadership development, access and vital issues concerning Blacks in higher education works perfectly with IBM’s mission to lead in the creation, development and manufacture of the industry’s most advanced information technologies. Together this collaboration will enhance both organizations and the many people we serve.”

“IBM is a strong AMIE partner whose role is strategic and support is significant in developing a diverse engineering workforce through AMIE and our HBCU community. IBM’s presence on AMIE’s Board of Directors provides leadership for AMIE’s strategies, key initiatives and programs to achieve our goal of a diverse engineering workforce,” mentioned Veronica Nelson, Executive Director, AMIE. “IBM programs like the IBM Academic Initiative and the IBM Skills Academy provide access, assets and opportunities for our HBCU faculty and students to gain high-demand skills in areas like AI, cybersecurity, blockchain, quantum computing and cloud computing. IBM is a key sponsor of the annual AMIE Design Challenge introducing students to new and emerging technologies through industry collaborations and providing experiential activities like IBM Enterprise Design Thinking, which is the foundational platform for the Design Challenge. The IBM Masters and PhD Fellowship Awards program supports our HBCU students with mentoring, collaboration opportunities on disruptive technologies as well as a financial award. The IBM Blue Movement HBCU Coding Boot Camp enables and recognizes programming competencies. IBM also sponsors scholarships for the students at the 15 HBCU Schools of Engineering to support their educational pursuits. IBM continues to evolve its engagement with AMIE and the HBCU Schools of Engineering.”

“The IBM Skills Academy is timely in providing resources that support the creativity of my students in the Dual Degree Engineering Program at Clark Atlanta University,” mentioned Dr. Olugbemiga A. Olatidoye, Professor, Dual Degree Engineering and Director, Visualization, Stimulation and Design Laboratory, Clark Atlanta University. “It also allows my students to be skillful in their design thinking process, which resulted in an IBM digital badge certificate and a stackable credential for their future endeavors.”

“We truly value the IBM skills programs and have benefitted from the Academic Initiative, Skills Academy and Global University Awards across all five campuses,” mentioned Dr. Derrick Warren, Interim Associate Dean and MBA Director, Southern University. “Over 24 faculty and staff have received instructor training and more than 300 students now have micro-certifications in AI, cloud, cybersecurity, data science, design thinking, Internet of Things, quantum computing and other offerings.” 

“At UNCF, we have a history of supporting HBCUs as they amplify their outsized impact on the Black community, and our work would not be possible without transformational partnerships with organizations like IBM and their IBM Global University Programs,” mentioned Ed Smith-Lewis, Executive Director of UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building. “We are excited to bring the resources of IBM to HBCUs, their faculty, and their students.”

“IBM Skills Academy is an ideal platform for faculty to teach their students the latest in computing and internet technologies,” mentioned Dr. Sridhar Malkaram, West Virginia State University. “It helped the students in my Applied Data Mining course experience the state of the art in data science methods and analysis tools. The course completion badge/certificate has been an additional and useful incentive for students, which promoted their interest. The Skills Academy courses can be advantageously adapted by faculty, either as stand-alone courses or as part of existing courses.” 

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*King, Michael, Anthony Marshall, Dave Zaharchuk. “Pursuit of relevance: How higher education remains viable in today’s dynamic world.” IBM Institute for Business Value. Accessed March 23, 2021.

**Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

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