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Friday, October 2, 2020

Black IT Professional and Veteran Develops Course That Trains Adults to Succeed in the Ever-Changing Tech Industry

African American professional working in IT

NationwideKoach-IT Technology Education is a Black-owned, veteran-owned Information and Communications Technology (ICT) company specializing in advanced IT skill training and educational services for youth and adult workforce development. It is their goal to provide proper training to individuals who have been denied access to the extremely profitable and ever-growing information technology industry.

According to statistics compared with overall private industry, the high-tech sector employed a larger share of white workers (68.5% vs 63.5%), Asian Americans (14% vs 5.8%), and men (64% vs 52%), while a smaller share of African Americans (7.4% vs 14.4%), Hispanics (8% vs 13.9%), and women (36% vs 48% )In the tech sector nationwide, whites are represented at a much higher rate in executive-level roles than African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans. Furthermore, by gender, men occupy 80% of executive roles compared with 20% for women. That compares with the overall private sector, where 71% of executive positions are held by men and 29% occupied by women.

Ronald Tate, founder and CEO of Koach-IT, comments, “At our company, diversity is about recognizing that our dimension of differences is actually our greatest strength. We strive for parity and to give everyone the opportunity to achieve their own access to opportunities. Learning and enhancing your skills are vital in this technological era. This helps you to prepare yourself for getting the highest paying jobs in the field of your choice while widening your arsenal of tools that enhance your value as a professional in your company.”

The company’s goals are to:

* To play an integral role in developing and facilitating the flow of information technology workforce from producer to customer.

* Build innovative entrepreneurs that harness and utilize acquired skills and available technology to create business environments and jobs.

* To lead a disruptive campaign of community-centered information technology training programs targeted towards a large population of the unskilled workforce.

* Reduce the skills gap while creating a skilled workforce through IT training and learning.

The global information technology industry is on pace to reach $5.2 trillion in 2020, according to the research consultancy IDC. The United States is the largest tech market in the world, representing 32% of the total, or approximately $1.7 trillion for 2020. Today, companies are seeking expertise across all four areas of IT framework—infrastructure, software development, cybersecurity, and data. In many cases, companies are hoping to find candidates with some degree of work experience, so there is less willingness to take an entry-level generalist and steer them towards a specialization.

Ronald comments, “In today’s new normal, technology skills acquisition and capacity development provides a medium for sustainable re-orientation, economic viability, and life-long social integration. This is a workforce initiative for our people. Years ago, computer skills were a passing fancy, not anymore. Computers don’t care that you don’t know how to use them. Technology doesn’t care that you are afraid of it. We are already behind. The latest technology trends are going to steamroll us without regard to our lives or lifestyles. Our future depends on getting trained, becoming stronger in our computer skills, and prepare for the upcoming jobs or watch others from here and abroad flourish while we wait for the next handouts. Not on my watch…”

For more details about Koach-It, visit KoachIt.com or Ron Tate at ron.tate@koachit.com or @510-501-9401.