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Columbus State’s Diversity in Technology night set for February 10

Campus News | Monday, February 8, 2021

Diversity in Tech night

Columbus State Community College continues to highlight diversity in in-demand Central Ohio career paths through a series of outreach events. The virtual session “Diversity in Technology Night” will focus on equitable pathways within IT career development, with an emphasis on racial equity opportunities in the field.

Diversity in Technology Night will be moderated by Garrett Braxton, an African-American student in Columbus State’s IT Flexible Apprenticeship program that connects IT students with relevant real-world, paid workforce experience while still in college. Through this program, Braxton is a junior software engineer at State Auto Insurance while completing his associate degree in Computer Software Engineering this semester. He is a U.S. Army veteran.

Diversity in Technology Night will feature eight successful Central Ohio IT leaders from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds speaking about their experiences and offering advice on entry into and success within the field, with an emphasis on growing diversity, equity and inclusion within the regional IT workforce.

Panelists are:

  • Toni Cunningham, managing director at Per Scholas
  • Carla Easley, director of operations at TECH CORPS
  • Jermaine Henson, vice president of application development at Nationwide
  • Branden Jones, co-founder and entrepreneur at BLK Hack
  • Doug McCollough, chief information officer for the City of Dublin
  • Tammy Murray, software engineer at Accenture
  • Lorena Ritchey, vice president of Customer Service and Billing at Nationwide
  • Errica Rivera, director of Talent Acquisition at State Auto Insurance

Diversity in Technology night will be held on Wednesday, February 10 at 6 p.m. Registration to attend the event is free. Register at this link.

Technology careers include positions such as database administrator, software developer, web developer, computer systems analyst, mobile app developer, information security analyst, to name a few. There’s a growing demand across the board. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that software developers will experience 22 percent job growth between 2019 and 2029. 


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