Miles College receives $2M from IBM in AI + Cloud Technology Resources

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Students from Miles College. Photo via Miles College

All aboard the tech train! IMB awarded Miles College with $2M in artificial intelligence and open hybrid cloud technology resources.

The Collaboration

The Miles College collaboration is part of a $100 million commitment by IBM to invest in technology, assets, resources and skill development with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The initiative will include access to resources at no-charge for teaching, learning and noncommercial research with recent enhancements like access to guest lectures.

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Miles College advances in tech. Photo via Miles College

“Equal access to skills and jobs is the key to unlocking economic opportunity and prosperity for diverse populations. As we announced earlier this fall, IBM is deeply committed to helping HBCU students build their skills to better prepare for the future of work.

Through this collaboration, Miles College students will have an opportunity to gain modern skills in emerging technologies across hybrid cloud, quantum and AI so they can be better prepared for the future of work in the digital economy.”

Valinda Scarbro Kennedy, HBCU Program Lead, IBM Global University Programs

Why is this so awesome?

In the world of tech, if you’re not ahead, you’re behind. Just consider your smartphone. The moment you get it, there’s always a brand-new updated model coming out right behind it.

Now consider educational institutions. How can students and teachers develop and advance their skills without updated tools and equipment? Exactly, they can’t.

The collaboration between Miles College and IBM builds on the need to advance digital skills in education. By providing future-focused curriculum and educational tools, students and teachers will be better trained in the fast-growing categories of:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Blockchain
  • Data Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cloud
  • Quantum

“Miles College celebrates IBM’s leadership in recognizing the value of investing in HBCU students as current and future leaders and innovators in the technology workforce. While the digital divide has historically placed many students at a technological disadvantage, this initiative will absolutely help narrow that gap.”

Bobbie Knight, President, Miles College

This isn’t the only win for Miles College. Check out this story on how the school was awarded $6.3M in TRIO Grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

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