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 Posted April 22, 2021

 

Artificial intelligence. Cloud computing. Cybersecurity. Quantum computing.

These are the fields for a future that has already arrived. Miami Dade College is making sure its students are ready for them.

On Tuesday, the school announced that IBM's Global University Programs group has committed more than $10 million in support over the next three years to prep students for careers in advanced technology. Much of that contribution will come from volunteer IBM Academic Ambassadors, who will offer guest lectures, mentoring, curriculum advice, and other counsel digitally and on campus to faculty and students.

The announcement builds on the MDC/IBM Skills Academy initiative launched last summer.

"We have witnessed the impact of these dynamic programs in recent years in getting our students employed upon completion," said Antonio Delgado, dean of Engineering, Technology and Design at MDC, in a statement. "This support can be a game-changer for so many."

The announcement comes two months after the Knight Foundation's $15 million investment to boost advanced skills at Florida International University, the University of Miami and Baptist Health. And it occurs at a time when employers, especially in tech, seek to diversify their worker ranks.

"As we continue to anticipate the needs of a rapidly growing technology industry, we're collaborating with Miami Dade College to equip students, faculty and the community at large with the resources to attract, train and empower a diverse and inclusive workforce," said Jeff Welser, vice president for exploratory science and university collaborations at IBM Research, in a statement.

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