The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Announces Digital Skills Training Opportunities for Women in Michigan

Supported by the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, Technology Training Opportunities Will Make Computing Education More Accessible

Today, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) announces new digital skills training opportunities available to girls and women across Michigan. Detroit is the second location added to NCWIT Regional Digital Skills Initiatives, an effort made possible by a $4.1 million grant from Cognizant U.S. Foundation. The announcement will be made on Monday, March 2, at a special event gathering employers, education institutions, policy makers, and community organizations, hosted by Microsoft in downtown Detroit.

The Digital Skills Initiative will bring long-standing NCWIT programs and opportunities to middle school, high school, college, and professional women in Detroit; including training for professional school counselors, full-tuition scholarships to attend technical training bootcamps, internships opportunities, and networking events. These opportunities are available to local women who are currently members or applicants of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community, an NCWIT flagship talent development program that serves more than 16,000 girls and women across the United States. These opportunities are also open to local women who would like to be considered for the Michigan Digital Skills Pilot, which will offer a diverse menu of online and in-person choices for training. Pilot participants will be considered if they are re-entering the workforce, changing into a computing/technology career, or advancing their current career with additional digital skills.

“Detroit is a clear choice for our second regional effort—possessing the educational infrastructure, technical ecosystem, community support and demand, and city leadership needed for success,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “By collaborating with local stakeholders in Detroit and throughout Michigan, we establish a community-driven model for sustained change that will truly create meaningful experiences for girls and women in computing.”

“We are thrilled to support NCWIT and the Digital Skills Initiative to ensure women and girls across metro Detroit have access to quality technical training opportunities and a network of support,” said Kristen Titus, Executive Director of the Cognizant U.S Foundation.

For more information about NCWIT Regional Initiatives overall, visit ncwit.org/regionalinitiatives.

About NCWIT

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,240 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women—at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status—in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. 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

The Cognizant U.S. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation supporting STEM education and skills training across the United States. Launched in 2018 with an initial $100 million investment from Cognizant, the Foundation has since awarded $23 million to organizations working to educate and train the next generation of workers in communities throughout the U.S.