Innovation Tech Academy (ITA) is a non-for-profit that provides technology-related online courses to middle and high-school aged students in the areas of cybersecurity, digital citizenship, internet of things and ethical hacking.
ITA’s mission is to create user-friendly technology courses that reach and impact young adults from various minority backgrounds and underserved communities, providing much needed exposure and awareness at a young age to motivate and inspire academic and professional pathways.
Our vision is to embolden underrepresented communities with the essential technological skills to strive for academic pathways in technology-related fields that will diversify the digital workforce and economy.
According to several 2020 studies on minorities in the U.S. technology sector, African-American, Hispanic, and Native-Americans make up less than 5% of the workforce at major tech companies. This is particularly concerning considering that the proportion of people using a computer at work was 80.5 percent for people in managerial and professional specialty occupations and 70.5 percent for people in technical, sales, and administrative support occupations.
When considering that the top in-demand jobs for 2021 are in the area of information security, cloud computing, big data, networking, and system security professionals, it is essential that groups in these underserved communities are offered an opportunity to obtain the necessary technology skills to compete for these jobs.
Innovation Tech Academy strives to provide all students, specifically minority Hispanics, African-Americans, and Women, which are the most underrepresented demographic groups in the technology areas of computer engineering and computer science, an opportunity to learn about these academic fields through several technology-related online courses.