ST. LOUIS, Jan. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/
-- Harris-Stowe State University announced today a
multi-million dollar collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM) on a
comprehensive program designed to develop diverse and high
demand skill sets that align with industry needs and trends so both
students and faculty can develop the skills they need today for the
jobs of tomorrow.
IBM and Harris-Stowe State University are building on the need
to advance digital skills in education and are dedicated to
providing future focused curriculum and educational tools to help
train the diverse workforce of tomorrow in fast-growing
technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, data
science, cybersecurity, cloud and quantum.
"Harris-Stowe State University is thrilled to collaborate with
IBM to provide greater access to skills and training in the tech
industry," said Dr. Corey S. Bradford,
Sr., president of Harris-Stowe State University. "As the
world, more than ever relies on the use of science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics to solve grand societal challenges,
Harris-Stowe must continue to develop well prepared and ready
graduates to join the STEM workforce. This collaboration is yet
another example of our commitment to supporting student and faculty
development and assisting in preparing students to compete and lead
The collaboration extends IBM's recent investment in
technology, assets, resources and skills development
with HBCUs across the United
States through the IBM Skills Academy and enhanced IBM
"Equal access to skills and jobs is the key to unlocking
economic opportunity and prosperity for diverse populations," said
Valinda Scarbro Kennedy, HBCU
Program Lead, IBM Global University Programs. "As we
announced earlier this fall, IBM is deeply committed to helping
HBCU students build their skills to better prepare for the future
of work. Through this collaboration, Harris-Stowe State University
students will have an opportunity to gain modern skills in emerging
technologies across hybrid cloud, quantum and AI so they can be
better prepared for the future of work in the digital economy."
As part of its multi-year Global University Programs, which
include the IBM Academic Initiative and the IBM Skills Academy, IBM
is providing more than $100M in assets, faculty
training, pre-built and maintained curriculum content, hands on
labs, use cases, digital badges and software to participating
HBCUs. The IBM Academic Initiative provides access to resources at
no-charge for teaching, learning and non-commercial research with
recent enhancements including access to guest lectures.
The IBM Skills Academy is a comprehensive, integrated program
through an education portal designed to create a foundation of
diverse and high demand skill sets that directly correlate to what
students will need in the workplace. The learning tracks
address topics such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity,
blockchain, data science and quantum computing.
IBM's investment in HBCUs like Harris-Stowe State University is
part of the company's dedicated work to promote social justice and
racial equality by creating equitable, innovative experiences for
HBCU students to acquire the necessary skills to help unlock
economic opportunity and prosperity.
IBM is a global leader in business
transformation, serving clients in more than 170 countries around
the world with open hybrid cloud and AI technology. For more
information, please visit here.
About Harris-Stowe State University
University (HSSU), located in midtown St.
Louis offers the most affordable bachelor's degree in the
state of Missouri. The University
is a fully accredited four-year institution with more than 50
majors, minors and certificate programs in education, business and
arts and sciences. Harris-Stowe's mission is to provide outstanding
educational opportunities for individuals seeking a rich and
engaging academic experience. HSSU's programs are designed to
nurture intellectual curiosity and build authentic skills that
prepare students for leadership roles in a global society.
Alandrea P. Stewart, Ed.D.
Harris-Stowe State University
O: (314) 340-3991
C: (314) 203-4296
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