The Blacks In Technology Foundation partners with

The Blacks In Technology Foundation partners with

MILWAUKEE, March 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to CompTIA, black workers make up just 6% of the tech workforce in Milwaukee. Today, the Blacks In Technology (BIT) Foundation announced that it has partnered with Northwestern Mutual to create higher levels of diversity in Milwaukee’s tech industry by funding 20 Udacity nanodegree scholarships for Milwaukee residents. .

“With an increasing volume of vacancies in the tech industry, technical training programs like the Blacks In Technology Udacity Scholarship help future employees prepare quickly for a career without the traditional approach of a degree. four-year college,” said Dennis Schultz, executive director of the Blacks In Technology Foundation. “Northwestern Mutual’s commitment to fund this scholarship not only helps advance the skills of diverse workers in our community, but also contributes to the overall growth of the Milwaukee area.”

Udacity’s nanodegrees provide enrolled participants with the practitioner-level skills necessary to successfully transition into a career in technology through 80 to 120 hours of coursework, comprising up to five courses. Funding from Northwestern Mutual will support 20 nanograde scholarships for courses that provide an industry-leading curriculum, career-readiness training, and mentorship opportunities, continuing to grow the pipeline of talent and fill the nearly 90,000 open technology industry jobs available in the Milwaukee area.

“We know that the best digital solutions are built by teams with strong cultures, diverse perspectives, and deep technical skills,” said James Hischke, vice president of technology workforce programs at Northwestern Mutual. . “Our partnership with the Blacks In Technology Foundation and Udacity provides a unique opportunity to build the future of Milwaukee’s tech ecosystem and ensure everyone has the opportunity to thrive in a tech career.”

Northwestern Mutual is committed to investing in partnerships and pipelines to develop diverse technology talent. In addition to funding scholarships for Udacity’s nanodegrees, the company also partners with organizations in southeastern Wisconsin to ensure Milwaukee students have access to a solid STEM education to inspire the next generation. technological workforce.

Applications for Udacity’s Introduction to Programming and Full Stack Web Development nanodegree programs are now open. To learn more and apply, visit

About the Blacks In Technology Foundation

Founded in 2008, Blacks In Technology is the largest community and media organization focused on people of African descent in the tech industry. Through community-focused activities, events, and outreach, the Blacks In Technology Foundation “Stomping the Divide” by establishing a blueprint for world-class technical excellence and innovation by providing resources, networking and opportunities for members to advance their careers. For more information on the BIT Foundation, visit:

About Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual has been helping individuals and businesses achieve financial security for over over 160 years. Northwestern Mutual combines financial expertise with a personalized digital experience and industry-leading products to help customers plan for what matters most. With $308.8 billion in assets, Northwestern Mutual provides financial security to more than 4.75 million people. Northwestern Mutual Ranks #90 on the 2021 FORTUNE 500 and Recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the world’s most admired life insurance companies in 2022.

Northwestern Mutual is the trading name of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, including, Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, Broker, Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA and SIPC; Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company®, a federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

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