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AAMU, IBM Collaborate on AI, Quantum Projects

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February 10, 2021

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AAMU Collaborates w/IBM to Offer Tech Badges for AI, Quantum and Hybrid Cloud Skills 

Huntsville, Ala. ---- Alabama A&M University is collaborating with IBM to provide software and related expertise to support faculty and students in STEM disciplines. The collaboration invites Alabama A&M to be a part of both the IBM Academic Initiative, the IBM Skills Academy and related IBM awards.   
“Alabama A&M University is excited about the possibilities that this offers faculty to enhance our academic programs. IBM is a leader in the tech sector, and the University is excited to be a part of this initiative to incorporate cutting-edge technology into our curriculum,” said President Andrew Hugine, Jr. 
Through the initiatives, Alabama A&M faculty and students will have opportunities to earn badge certificates in areas such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, internet of things, quantum computing, data science, cloud computing, design thinking, and blockchain. 

The program is designed to develop diverse and high demand skill sets that align with industry needs and trends so both students and faculty can develop the skills they need today for the jobs of tomorrow

“Equal access to skills and jobs is the key to unlocking economic opportunity and prosperity for diverse populations,” said Valinda Scarbro Kennedy, HBCU Program Lead, IBM Global University Programs.  “IBM is deeply committed to helping HBCU students build their skills to better prepare for the future of work. Through this collaboration, Alabama A&M University 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.”

Alabama A&M University is the top producer of African American STEM graduates in Alabama and among the top 3 nationally among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The University offers degrees in multiple STEM disciplines including computer science and various engineering programs. 
AAMU’s Vice President for Marketing, Communication & Advancement, Archie Tucker, noted, “This collaboration will not only enhance our academic capabilities, but it can also create a more marketable student and provide us with an even better competitive recruiting advantage when seeking prospective students.” 
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