ASU, IBM Form $2 Million Partnership to Help Close Gap in STEM

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Alabama State University and IBM (International Business Machines) announced a joint educational partnership that includes access to the IBM Skills Academy focused on digital learning and technology skills.

Through IBM’s existing academic initiative, the company will make available software and cloud technology estimated in the millions of dollars. The monies are in-kind.

Dr. Carl Pettis, ASU’s provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, said the partnership is one step closer to closing the diversity gap in STEM by preparing the next generation for the high-tech workforce.

"It is my hope that this partnership is the start of a fruitful collaboration between Alabama State University and IBM. We want our students, faculty and staff to take full advantage of the (digital) badges that are being offered and for them to make the most of this experience to better prepare themselves for tomorrow," Pettis said.

Digital badges are received once individuals complete training modules. They can add the digital badge to their resumes.

Kenley H. Obas, coordinator of the University’s Applied Technology Program, said the partnership is an education and research initiative aimed toward driving more diversity and inclusion in the workforce.