Originally published on Cleveland Business Journal - May 13, 2021
Technology education company Tech Elevator said PNC Bank has committed $125,000 to give to its Represent Tech Scholarship, which encourages diversity in the tech field.
The scholarship will fund 81% of tuition costs for 10 studentsparticipating in the summer cohort, beginning May 10. To be eligible, applicants must have been accepted and enrolled at one of the five physical Tech Elevator campuses and self-identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, NativeAmerican/American Indian, and/or female, transgender, or non-binary.
“We’ve hired nearly 300 Tech Elevator graduates to date and are looking forward to continuing the drive to diversify the tech industry,” Debbie Guild, head of enterprise technology and security and chief security officer at PNC, said in a statement.“This scholarship represents the next phase of our collaborationand we’re excited to see the real impact this opportunity will have on the lives of countless individuals going forward.”
“There are millions of people with the natural aptitude for coding who simply lack the means to acquire the necessary skills,” said Tech Elevator co-founder and CEO Anthony Hughes. “We are grateful for PNC’s support in our mission todiversify the tech industry through inclusion of talented individuals regardless of background or personal circumstance.”
Tech Elevator’s coding and career prep bootcamps are taught by experienced instructors and provide students with the relevant skills and industry insight to qualify for high-paying, in-demand jobs after just 14 weeks. Founded in 2015, Cleveland-based Tech Elevator is a subsidiary of for-profit educational company StrideInc. (NYSE: LRN) and has placed more than 1,700 graduates into software development roles in over 430 companies nationwide.
PNC Bank is part of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: PNC).
To learn more about Tech Elevator, please visit techelevator.com