This summer, Capitol Technology University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BlackGirlsHack, an organization founded by Tennisha Martin, to share knowledge and resources to help black girls and women break through barriers to careers in information security and cybersecurity.
“Capitol is proud to join forces with BlackGirlsHack to give our youth opportunities to pursue valuable training and rewarding cyber and computing careers.” said Dr. William “Bill” Butler, Cybersecurity Chair at Capitol Technology University.
Through this agreement, members of BlackGirlsHack will have access to Capitol Tech’s professional development events including Cyber Saturday, Women in Cyber (WiCyS) programming, WiCyS in Critical Infrastructure, CapTechTalks webinar series, and the university’s Fall and Spring Career Fairs. BlackGirlsHack members will also be able to access institutional scholarships such as the Cyber Scholarship, and the organization will be able to use the campus’ facilities to organize events for up to 50 people.
Cameron Newsome, Director of Admissions at Capitol, is thrilled about the new opportunities that the partnership will bring and the diversity that the program will foster. “Capitol is not shy about promoting diversity in STEM. We want to partner with organizations that are pushing against boundaries and obstacles to opportunity. This partnership with Black Girls Hack is about planting our feet firmly in the terrain of progress and supporting an organization and mission that we believe in. We’re excited to announce programming soon and get to work our with the Black Girls Hack family!” he said.
“BlackGirlsHack is excited about our newest partnership with Capitol Technology University. Our goal is to form strategic partnerships with
other organizations similarly aligned in our mission to increase diversity in cybersecurity,” said Tennisha Martin, Executive Director of BlackGirlsHack. “CTU approaches education from the perspective that every job is a technology job and helps prepare its students for careers in Cyber by providing hands-on skills. We’re excited to provide a partnership that will help those seeking to further their education with an institution that understands the future of cyber."
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