DETROIT—Santa Clara, Calif.-based Infoblox, a provider of networking and security services, announced it would bring its Infoblox Diverse Student Certification pilot program to Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD), in Detroit.
As a part of Infoblox’s commitment to increase the representation of minorities and women in the technology industry, the program will fully fund the costs for participating students to attend Infoblox training, which will introduce students to DDI (DNS, DHCP, and IPAM) essentials and hands-on product training. The cost of the program is fully covered by Infoblox.
The students will attend two Infoblox instructor-led courses, previously only available to customers. Upon completion, students are eligible to earn up to two certifications:
- DDI Professional, the world’s most popular vendor agnostic DDI certification
- DDI Config & Admin, Infoblox’s most attended product training certification
The in-kind value of the training is over $102,000 to WCCCD and an additional $25,000 grant is awarded to Rainbow PUSH Citizenship Education Fund for ongoing STEM education.
“Our mission has always been to create pathways to better lives through higher education,” said WCCCD Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery. “The Infoblox Diverse Student Certification Program provides our students with myriad opportunities to join in-demand, well-paying careers in fields where we know their perspectives are needed and matter.”
The Infoblox Diverse Student Certification program connects the next generation of workers with learning pathways and certifications that open the door to networking jobs. The program integrates the company’s training, certification and mentoring into WCCCD’s computer science program.
“As an engineer by training, I know how critical it is to create opportunities for future tech leaders from underrepresented communities,” said Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II. “With the expansion of its Diverse Student Certification pilot program to Detroit, Infoblox is making a difference for students of every background and helping students acquire the skills they will need to succeed in the tech industry. This is a win for Detroit and for students throughout Michigan. Governor Whitmer and I will continue our work to close equity gaps and ensure every kid has the resources they need to reach their potential.”
These classes, certifications, and ongoing mentoring from Infoblox’s BERG (Black Employee Resource Group) aim to prepare the students with foundational skills to embark on careers in IT networking and a notable advantage when seeking employment. Visit this website to learn more about Infoblox’s broader DEI efforts.