New Horizons Press Release

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers South Florida, CareerSource South Florida and YWCA Miami Celebrates 2nd Women in Technology Graduation Ceremony

COMMUNITY LEADERS COME TOGETHER TO EDUCATE WOMEN TO START A CAREER IN IT FIELD

Miami, FL — March 6, 2020 –  New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of South Florida, the leading IT educator for individuals and corporations, is honored to host a very special Women in Technology Graduation Celebration and Job-Placement event with CareerSource South Florida and YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade.

The Women in Technology celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 6 at YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, 351 NW 5th St, Miami, FL 33128.

“Women in Tech was a program initiated from a vision working with YWCA and CareerSouce South Florida to help increase the number of women working in the IT field. We invested the funds and launched the TechHire program as a way to advance more women in IT,” said Rick Beasley, Executive Director, CareerSource South Florida.

“There was an opportunity to bring another TechHire to YWCA. It was a way for us to respond to a huge mission priority, and it was an opportunity for CareerSource South Florida and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers South Florida to bring in all the tools and educational programming that could help us meet the needs of the women in our community,” said Kerry-Ann Royes, CEO, YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade.

Last year, 57% of professional jobs in the U.S. were held by women, but only 26% were in technology positions. The nationwide numbers are even more staggering with just 3% of African American women and 2% of Latino women in technology positions.

New Horizons South Florida is doing its part to close this divide. “As changes in technology have accelerated the need for gender diversity in the workplace has expanded, New Horizons has designed our curriculum to position students like Tekela Ford to succeed,” said Arnie Girnun, CEO of New Horizons South Florida. “The achievements of women like Tekela Ford is what fuels our passion and our mission as we work together to prepare these women to enter the IT workforce and help close the women in technology gap in South Florida. We are honored and humbled to educate and connect these women to our strong network of employers to find a fulfilling career in IT.”

The scholarships, in partnership with CareerSource South Florida, were awarded to six eligible women in Miami-Dade County to learn 21st Century technology skills in the fast-growing field of IT. The custom 12-week program focused on achieving certifications in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, Microsoft Azure, and Cisco CCNA, along with job placement assistance upon graduation into a career in IT. The classes were held at the CareerSource South Florida TechHire Center for Women at the YWCA downtown.

“The opportunity to help someone with desire and need while also building gender diversity in technology is something we are passionate about at New Horizons. A chronic challenge in South Florida is the gap between the skills many companies in the technology sector need and the skills of the employees available,” said Krista Wade, President of New Horizons South Florida. “With the support of employers and partners like CareerSource and YWCA, we’re continuing to bring more women into technology and building a diverse tech ecosystem in South Florida.”

About New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of South Florida

Established in 1997, New Horizons Learning Centers of South Florida (NHSF) is the country’s leading IT training provider, with specialized attention paid to individuals, veterans and corporations. NHSF offers cutting-edge courses and teaching strategies that provide a path to success for those seeking to elevate their skills for their 21st Century career in Information Technology and Professional Development. In addition to being an Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces, Florida Trends Best Companies to Work For and South Florida Business Journal Best Places to Work, New Horizons is part of a family of more than 300 computer-training centers in 35 countries. For more information on the campuses in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, visit the website at www.nhflorida.com

About CareerSource South Florida

CareerSource South Florida is a public-private partnership that establishes state and federally funded workforce development and training policies for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. CareerSource South Florida’s services and resources are available to everyone at no cost through a network of centers located throughout the region. For more information, visit www.careersourcesfl.com

About YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc.

Established in 1919, YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc. is committed to eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc. is the leading voice for women and girls in South Florida because we confront social justice issues to make lasting, meaningful change. For more information, visit www.ywca-miami.org.