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NC A&T among six HBCUs to get cybersecurity center from IBM

NC A&T is one of six HBCUs to have access to an IBM Cybersecurity Center to train STEM students for free.

ARMONK, NY— Editor’s Note: The video features the VP of NC A&T changing the face of STEM.

On May 10, IBM announced educational initiatives with six historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The goal is to provide free STEM career training to college students from underrepresented communities across the United States.

IBM has selected six HBCUs in five southern states that will have cybersecurity centers: North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Clark Atlanta, Morgan State, Xavier University of Louisiana and Southern University System in Louisiana, according to a press release.

The following universities will have access to a personalized, multi-year cybersecurity experience with IBM. The company plans to install more than 20 such centers in HBCUs nationwide.

“We believe that the most promising candidates for today’s demanding careers will come from communities that may have historically been overlooked or excluded due to outdated hiring policies and old-fashioned credentials,” said said Vice President, IBM Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG, Justina Nixon. Saintile.

Director of the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Education and Awareness, Hossein Sarrafzadeh, PhD shared that choosing NC A&T is a great privilege that will give (our) students access to education professionals , technology and industry-leading, according to IBM’s press release.

“IBM recognizes the untapped talent of HBCUs and with this investment, they are building a cybersecurity education infrastructure that will propel underrepresented communities to the forefront of security leadership,” said Sarrafzadeh.

The company said each school will receive personalized tuition and access to the company’s academic programs as well as a simulated but realistic cyberattack experience through IBM Security’s command center.

These collaborations underscore IBM’s focus on providing career STEM education to traditionally discriminated communities and helping students land jobs in their chosen fields faster and easier.


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