As part of the goal to train one million workers by 2025
Udacity, the global online learning platform trains the world’s workforce for the careers of the future. Recently, the platform has launched its Pledge to Equality Scholarship Program, which will award 1,000 Nanodegree® program scholarships to members of the Black community in order to create a more diverse talent pipeline for in-demand skills like machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data analysis, and more.
Opportunities to deserving ones
As part of this program, the top five graduates will be eligible to participate in Udacity’s 2021 Internship program that is currently under development. Additionally, top-performing recipients will receive Udacity’s career services support, which includes career counseling and interview guidance, free for one year.
By offering 1,000 Nanodegree scholarships, Udacity aims to close the skills gap for the Black community and increase diversity in tech companies by creating a pipeline of qualified candidates in desirable fields such as Machine Learning, Programming, and Data Science.
“At Udacity, we strive to do more than pay lip service to the ideals of equality and justice. With this scholarship, and hopefully having the grads in internship positions, our goal is to make an impact and ensure that we are improving representation in tech — starting with our own company,” said Gabe Dalporto, CEO of Udacity.
Programs to choose from
Nanodegree programs are designed to be the fastest, most flexible way to get employable, practitioner level skills. Programs include Product Manager, Digital Marketing, Intro to Programming, Deep Learning, Self Driving Car Engineer, Data Analyst, and more.
Scholarship eligibility is open to adults in the U.S. over the age of 18 with a passion for technology. Scholarship recipients must be U.S citizens, be able to commit 10-15 hours per week to the program, participate in the student community, and have access to a laptop or computer.
As part of its larger goal to train one million workers by 2025, Udacity has launched several other scholarship programs this year in partnership with leading technology employers like Amazon, Intel, Microsoft, and Alteryx. Furthermore, Udacity has already awarded 7,000 challenge scholarships and 1,175 Nanodegree scholarships, with an ultimate goal of 20,000 this year, to those who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.