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SXSWedu 2015

Digit All Stars

How can technology certifications help fight poverty? I have had students that were homeless in shelters. They attended certification classes and within 2 months earn enough to support themselves. At my non-profit Digit All Systems we had the youngest person in the state of Maryland certified A+ CompTIA computer technician at 14 years old and making $18 an hour at a company Cyberpoint. Now he has reverse engineered the Zeus malware which took down a few companies years ago.

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Takeaways

  1. The low income population can be trained to fill many positions in the information technology field. Most certifications don't require high math skills or high reading comprehension. The tools used in the industry become easier to use every day.
  2. H1B visa program signals a lack of effort to train our own work force. President Obama moved $100,000,000 dollars from this H1B in April 2014 to create the Youth Career Connection grant for Career Technology Education programs in US High Schools.
  3. The answer for a lot of the ills of poverty are with quality education and curriculum. The STEM curriculum are at best mediocre when it comes to effectiveness. Low income groups with tech-ed and employer lead training will decrease poverty greatly

Speakers

  • Lance Lucas, CEO, Digit All Systems

Organizer

Lance Lucas, CEO, Digit All Systems

Meta Information:

  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Solo Presentation
  • Track: Achievement Gaps & Educational Equality
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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