NASHVILLE, TN — The Blacks in Technology Foundation chapter Nashville announced Amazon as the title sponsor for the year. Amazon's contribution will help the Nashville chapter of the Blacks in Technology Foundation to keep membership free and support more programs.
The Blacks in Technology or BIT is a tech-focused community and media organization committed to increasing Black people's representation and participation in the technology industry. BIT-Nashville currently has 120 members and plans to increase the membership to 500 or more.
“Naming Amazon as the title sponsor for the year is such an exciting milestone for BIT-Nashville. This title sponsorship will provide many opportunities for BIT-Nashville to grow and reach even more people. It will benefit the Nashville Black tech community by helping us keep membership free, supporting more BIT-Nashville member programs, and giving us the means to support other local organizations that are doing important work for our community," said Holly Rachel, co-organizer and president of BIT-Nashville.
BIT-Nashville offers funding for contract-to-hire programs, technical certifications and nano-degrees, technical apprenticeships, soft skills training as well as computer and broadband subsidies for low-income households. Although BIT-Nashville majority consists of Black IT Professionals, the foundation wants to uplift and encourage anyone regardless the gender, ethnicity and race.
“A diverse and competitive workforce means more opportunity in Nashville, a stronger economy, and a workforce that is both reflective of our community and brings valuable perspectives to the table,” said Courtney Ross, Amazon’s Nashville senior manager of external affairs.
BIT-Nashville also welcomes non-technologist supporters to join the community as long as they are passionate about all things technical.
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