NI has declared two collaborations that will provide Black and Latinx Central Texans with new pathways to engineering and technology careers.
The first is with Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTM) to create workforce development opportunities in engineering to increase diversity across the tech industry.
“NI’s funding, volunteerism and expertise will help us equip people at every stage of life with the in-demand skills they need to compete in the digital economy,” said Michael Ward Jr., president and CEO of AUTM. “Upskilling and reskilling members of our Black and Hispanic communities, combined with building their social capital, will significantly increase representation in engineering and tech, leading to generational change and closing the racial wealth gaps in our communities.”
“Engineers should reflect the diversity of the people they’re creating solutions for. And diversifying the engineering talent pipeline requires us to address the inequities that exist at every life stage,” said Tabitha Upshaw, senior director of the brand, reputation and impact at NI. “We are proud to support AUTM’s work to break down barriers and help people of all ages and backgrounds find a path to our industry.”
The second is a new NI Technical Scholar program that will provide Austin Community College (ACC) students with an internship-to-employment track at NI.
“We are excited to team up with NI to expand ACC’s Career Scholars program and lift the weight of paying for college to help underserved students build a rewarding career in the technology field,” said Richard Rhodes, ACC chancellor. “This kind of work is what it takes to reimagine higher education and eliminate equity gaps, and it’s what we mean when we say ACC is for everyone. Together, ACC and NI are creating new opportunities with critical hands-on training and mentorship at NI. We are excited to watch more students thrive through this program.”
As part of NI’s efforts to diversify the local technology workforce, NI will donate $400,000 over the next four years to support AUTM, a non-profit organization that bridges the gap between Black and Latinx communities and the technology industry through job placement, career development and networking opportunities.
NI’s donation will specifically fund AUTM’s efforts to upskill and reskill adults into the technology industry.
Additionally, the company will collaborate with AUTM to drive awareness of careers in technology while providing internships, apprenticeships, training and mentoring opportunities to AUTM program participants.
To further help students from underserved communities explore career opportunities in STEM, NI and ACC will create a new “NI Engineering Opportunity Scholarship.”