IBM has announced education initiatives with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Specialisterne Foundation, and six Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) to provide no-cost STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) job training to U.S. military veterans, neurodivergent learners worldwide, and university students from underrepresented communities in the U.S.
In this recent news release, the company explained that “these collaborations underscore IBM’s focus on providing STEM job training to traditionally underrepresented communities as part of its commitment to skill 30 million people worldwide by 2030 to create equitable, inclusive economic opportunities while also addressing a longstanding STEM job skills shortage impacting the business community.”
The HBCU schools receiving funding are Xavier University of Louisiana; Southern University System, also in Louisiana; North Carolina A&T; South Carolina State; Clark Atlanta; and Morgan State universities. Overall, IBM plans more than 20 of these centers at HBCUs nationwide. As part of the program, IBM will develop for each HBCU a customized IBM Security Learning Academy portal including courses designed to help the university enhance its cybersecurity education portfolio.