Eleven women received a $7,500 scholarship to participate in the program that will educate and certify students in COMP TIA A+ and COMPTIA Network+ Cerfications. The 34 week program will include an internship with AFN’s technical services department and conclude with a career fair for students in August. Funding for the Techno-Women program was provided by the Mitte Foundation, Shields Ayers Foundation, Google Fiber and the City of Austin.
The Scholarship recipients were selected based on the following criteria: desire to pursue a sustainable career in the technology industry, socio-economic status, number of dependents and interview results. AFN partnered with Dress for Success Austin Chapter, Housing Authority of the City of Austin and Goodwill Central Texas to find candidates for the program.
AFN’s Techno-Women will prepare women for today’s technology workforce. The expected outcomes of the program are that students will have business acumen, develop soft skills, know how to build their own computer, learn the functionality of computer software and hardware components, and earn Network certifications.
“All of our scholarship recipients are excited about the potential to receive their certification and find a sustainable job that will impact their families’ income. We are also very excited to offer this opportunity to the community and look forward to building the program to include more low-income women,” said Juanita Budd, AFN Executive Director.
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