Women of Color in Tech

Through a grant from JPMorgan Chase, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Workforce Innovation Center are partnering with the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, Community Action Agency – Cincinnati | Hamilton County (CAA), Brighton Center, and the Gaskins Foundation to offer the Women of Color in Tech program through the Grow with Google platform. The program aims to upskill and reskill women of color in the Cincinnati region to get them employed in tech roles like IT Customer Support, Data Analytics, User Experience Design (UX), Project Management, and more.

The Women of Color in Tech partners offer free 12-week training programs to get women certified for tech roles via the Grow with Google platform. The programs are designed to meet participants where they are with flexible virtual and in-person options as well as provided childcare. Once certification is complete, the partners will facilitate employer interviews tailored to each participant to help them secure a job that best fits their new skillset, personal needs, and career aspirations.

For more information and to apply for the program, please visit: Women of Color in Tech - Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

IT Support Certification

Become a specialist who troubleshoots problems so computers and networks run correctly. After you complete this certification, you will understand the core concepts of IT support, including troubleshooting customer service issues, networking, system administration, operating systems, and security. You will know the basics of how to assemble a computer, write effective support documentation, route paths and subnets, manage device software, and more!

Potential qualified jobs with this certification include:

IT Support Technician
Help Desk Technician
IT Specialist
Tech Support Specialist
IT Support Specialist
IT Technician

Data Analytics Certification

After completing this certification, you will have a working knowledge of essential data analysis platforms — including spreadsheets, SQL, Tableau, and R programming — and when to use them in the data life cycle. You will also have an understanding of how to translate a business question into a data analysis exercise and to distill findings into actionable takeaways. Google’s beginner Data Analytics Certificate has become the most popular Professional Certificate on Coursera globally.

Potential qualified jobs with this certification include:

Data Analyst
Junior Data Analyst
Associate Data Analyst
Operations Analyst
Business Systems Analyst

Cybersecurity Certification

Become a cybersecurity specialist who helps organizations monitor and protect networks, devices, people, and data. You will get hands on experience using Python, Linux, SQL, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools, and intrusion detection systems. The Google Cybersecurity Certificate helps prepare you for the CompTIA Security+ exam, the industry leading certification for cybersecurity roles. You’ll earn a dual credential when you complete both.

Potential qualified jobs with this certification:

Cybersecurity Analyst
Security Analyst
Security Operation Center (SOC) Analyst
Information Security Analyst
IT Security Analyst
Cyber Defense Analyst

Digital Marketing & E-Commerce Certification

You will learn the fundamentals of digital marketing and e-commerce to help businesses grow their online presence and sales. This certificate gives you hands-on practice using popular digital marketing and e-commerce tools such as Canva, Constant Contact, Hootsuite, HubSpot, MailChimp, Shopify, Twitter, Google Ads, and Google Analytics.

Potential qualified jobs with this certification:

Marketing Coordinator
E-Commerce Associate
Paid Search Specialist
Email Marketing Specialist
Media Planner
Digital Marketing Specialist

Project Management Certification

Become a project manager who ensures projects within an organization are managed and completed with maximum value. You will know how to run traditional and Agile projects and programs from initiation to completion. You will possess a toolbox of templates and artifacts to manage an array of scenarios and project elements, like schedules, budgets, and product requirements. You will also understand organizational structure, process improvement, risk management techniques, and communication and leadership styles. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible for over 100 education hours to qualify for PMI certifications.

Potential qualified jobs with this certification:

Project Manager
Project Coordinator
Project Assistant
Program Manager
Scrum Master
Project Analyst
Technical Project Manager

UX Design Certification

Become a user experience (UX) designer who makes digital and physical products easier and more enjoyable to use. You will know how to follow the UX design process, understand the basics of UX research, and can work with Figma and Adobe XD — two of the most in-demand design tools by employers. You will also build portfolio websites to showcase projects, including a mobile app, a responsive website, and
a cross-platform experience.

Potential qualified jobs with this certification:

UX Designer
User Interface (UI) Designer
Interaction Designer
Visual Designer
Product Designer

Why We Do It

Women are disproportionally missing out on the ongoing boom in IT jobs, and women of color even more so. Women make up 47% of all employed adults in the US, but they hold only 28% of computing and mathematical roles, with women identifying as Asian or Pacific Islander making up just 7% of the IT workforce and Black and Hispanic women accounting for 3% and 2%, respectively.