Building a Better Tomorrow Through Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Our Commitment to Creating Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
We come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and recognize that when we all come together, we can accomplish our goals. Culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion are the pillars of our workforce and we champion inclusive strategies to drive value and impact. These ideas make us who we are.
We have made diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority for our employees and those we train. Take a look at some of the initiatives we run to help create a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
WIT Network Tech Track Training
We are proud to announce that we have finished our first round of training for the WIT Network Tech Track Training sponsored by Microsoft.
This program was a monumental task and we could not have completed it without the help of the WIT Network and our close partners over at Microsoft.
Increasing women’s presence in the tech industry is a core mission of Fast Lane / Directions Training and we hope to create more opportunities through these types of initiatives.
Creating Social Change Through the WiT CloudPower Scholarship Program
There is an employment, pay, and culture gap for women in the technology field and part of our mission as an educator is to find ways to help close that gap. As more and more organizations move to the cloud, the demand for cloud-certified technical talent continues to increase.
The WiT CloudPower Scholarship Program helps women seize an opportunity to skill up and get certified in Azure in order to position themselves for advancement. We launched the scholarship program on April 1, 2020, starting off with 50 available spots and the program was filled in less than two days.
The overwhelming response to the program is validation that we uncovered an opportunity to fill a gap in the market while creating an opportunity for positive social change. We are happy to announce, that three total cohorts have now gone through the program and we have provided scholarships to 95 women throughout the past two years.
Digital Literacy Scholarship Program
In 2021 we partnered with Titus Parenting and Zip & Go Assist to provide training on digital literacy. This program offered a scholarship to women of color that gave them hands-on training to allow them to gain the computer skills needed in today’s business world.
This program was designed to help women who lost their jobs during the pandemic, women who had to stop working outside the home to care for their children, and for former front-line workers who wanted to learn computer skills in order to work remotely for businesses.
We are proud to help these 24 women gain the skills and knowledge needed in today’s technical world.
Meet the Women of the Digital Literacy Scholarship Program
Tech Equity Scholarship Program
We recently partnered with the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) and Voices for Innovation (VFI) to provide training on Microsoft Azure Fundamentals.
This program offers a scholarship to qualified individuals who are looking to develop or advance their IT careers. Students will be provided with hands-on training to allow them to gain fundamental skills and knowledge needed to become a Microsoft Certified Professional.