HBCUs Introducing STEM Careers at Much Higher Salaries – Biggest Food Bank in SE USA

Hey, my business people. In today’s Affluent Blacks news report:

Overlooked and underfunded: How 2-year HBCUs are building critical tech-talent pipelines despite the odds

This comes from the Dallas Business Journal, so shout out to them on covering historically black colleges in terms of career outcomes for students.

They followed the case of social worker and St Phillip’s College grad Dione Deleon, a 46 year old single mother of a 16 year old daughter and 9 year old adopted niece.

“Dione Deleon worked as a social worker for a decade, before deciding she wanted more. She went back to school to learn an entirely new field — cybersecurity, an industry that dominates the economy of San Antonio, where Deleon lives.

“Deleon, 46, enrolled in St. Philip’s College’s cybersecurity program and pushed through challenging coding and forensics courses while picking up an internship and a job working the IT help desk at the community college during the onset of the pandemic. Today, Deleon works as an analyst for Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN), where she has doubled the salary she was making as a social worker to about $60,000.

“I’ve never been in that income bracket,” Ms Deleon said in this interview. She is one of about 150 cybersecurity students who graduate each year from St. Philip’s College, a two-year, historically Black and Hispanic-serving public institution that’s earned the designation as a “Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense” from the National Security Agency.”

Now notice how she wisely switched from the much lower paying social work career to the much higher paying and more in demand cybersecurity profession. If you’ve watch my other videos on STEM careers and majors, I advise brothas and sistas to do exactly what she did. STEM is still red hot, so why waste time in a low paid gig, especially given how our collective net worth is below every other group, especially for our sistas who keep majoring in dead end academic pursuits.

Meet the CEO of the Largest Black-Owned Food Bank in the Southeast

From BlackBusiness.com comes this delightful business story:
“Elisabeth Omilami is the CEO of an Atlanta-based food bank in Atlanta called Hosea Helps. Her father, a civil rights leader named Hosea Williams, started it in 1971, and lo and behold, today it’s the largest Black-owned food bank in the southeast part of the nation.

“When her father launched it, it was originally called Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless and it was known for providing hot meals, clothing, haircuts, and other services to the community on holidays. Omilami, who is a human rights activist herself, had supported her father’s efforts for over 15 years, until she took over following her father’s passing in November 2000. Since then, she has grown the brand, and has broadened its reach nationally, providing not only food and clothing, but also rental assistance, employment assistance, emergency shelter, and more.”

Ok, folks. Check out the rest of both stories at the link below. And a program reminder: If you have a business in the Dallas Ft Worth area doing big things in 2022, we’d like to hear from ya. If we think your business story has wide appeal, we’ll setup an online video meeting with you and post it on our YouTube channel so subscribe to our YouTube channels and stay tuned for the next video. Take care.

Links:

Overlooked and underfunded: How 2-year HBCUs are building critical tech-talent pipelines despite the odds

https://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/news/2022/03/17/2-year-hbcus-tech-talent-pipeline.html

SPC : 25TH STEM Lecture Series | Alamo Colleges

https://www.alamo.edu/spc/calendar/2022/march/stem-lecture-series/

Meet the CEO of the Largest Black-Owned Food Bank in the Southeast (blackbusiness.com)

https://www.blackbusiness.com/2022/03/elisabeth-omilami-ceo-largest-black-owned-food-bank-southeast.html

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