Ivy Tech Indianapolis and IBM to collaborate to help students build cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data science skills

Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis announced a new collaboration today with IBM designed to develop diverse and high-demand skillsets that align with industry needs and trends in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI) and data science. The collaboration is part of IBM’s multi-year Global University Programs, which may include the IBM Academic Initiative and the IBM Skills Academy. With this collaboration, Ivy Tech will have access to up to $15 million of select IBM cybersecurity, AI and data sciences software over the next three years. 

Additionally, IBM plans to provide assets, faculty training, pre-built and maintained curriculum content, hands-on labs, use cases, digital badges and software to participating academic institutions.

To celebrate the launch of this new collaboration, IBM joined Ivy Tech Indianapolis on Friday, November 12, during the kickoff of the College’s new “Advance with Ivy Tech Indy” initiative. 

“Ivy Tech is very excited about this collaboration and what we can achieve together,” said Dr. Lorenzo L. Esters, chancellor of Ivy Tech Indianapolis. “We plan to use our combined course and content creation expertise and IBM’s industry leading software and Academic Initiative, to create tremendous opportunities for our students to gain real-world, hands-on experience in security operations, data analytics and beyond. We feel confident our work together could improve learning outcomes changing students career trajectories while providing the skills that fuel economic growth for our employer partners.”

Participants in the IBM Academic Initiative can receive access to resources is provided at no charge for teaching, learning and non-commercial research with recent enhancements, including access to guest lectures.

In addition, the IBM Skills Academy is a comprehensive, integrated program that can be offered through an education portal designed to create a foundation of diverse and high-demand skill sets that directly correlate to what students will need in the workplace. The learning tracks address topics such as AI, cybersecurity, blockchain, data science and quantum computing.

“IBM wants to create equitable, innovative experiences for students to acquire the necessary skills to help unlock economic opportunity and prosperity,” said Jeff Welser, VP Exploratory Science and University Collaborations, IBM. “Through this program, IBM could help Ivy Tech students and faculty become cyber-savvy and build modern skills to better prepare for the future of work in a digital economy.”

One of the first priorities of this new collaboration will be the creation of a Cybersecurity Operations Center (SOC) on Ivy Tech’s downtown Indianapolis campus, which would create course content on custom threat simulations giving students real-world cyber operations experience at detecting and fighting cyber attacks.

“IBM intends to work with Ivy Tech faculty members to develop an on-campus presence for a security operations center to be used for teaching, learning and educational purposes,” said Dr. Naguib Attia, vice president of Global University Programs at IBM. “The two organizations are also focused on joint outreach to high schools across Indiana to help build critical technology skills prior to college admission.”

The collaboration builds on IBM’s ongoing investments in technology, assets, resources and skills development with higher education organizations across the United States through the IBM Skills Academy and enhanced IBM Academic Initiative. IBM recently committed to training more than 150,000 people in cybersecurity skills over the next three years through a range of programs such as this one.  

To learn more about this initiative at Ivy Tech and how employers can participate in similar efforts, visit link.ivytech.edu/AdvanceWithIvyTechIndy

About IBM

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud, AI and business services provider. IBMers help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain a competitive edge in their industries. For more information visit newsroom.ibm.com/home.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

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