Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council

Panel II – Tech Prep

: Part II: The Where and How of Tech

10 Minute Intro Session

Alternative Pathways to Career Success: Apprenticeship 101


 Apprenticeships have been lauded as a pathway to employment in industries in which the skills gap creates labor shortages.  Speakers will provide a special presentation on the value of apprenticeship, demonstrated by the National Urban League, MMTC, and Wireless Infrastructure Association consortium under the U.S. Department of Labor’s ApprenticeshipUSA initiative.  Representatives from the consortium will explain how their consortium’s equity partnership with the US Department of Labor connects people of color to career opportunities in the growing telecom and tech industries. Speakers will explain how apprenticeship can be a solution to bridging both the skills gap and the persistent wealth gap between minority and majority communities.

 Maurita Coley, Executive Vice President, MMTC (Moderator), @MauritaColey @MMTConline

  • Gavin Logan, Esq., Telecommunications Fellow, National Urban League Washington Bureau, @NULpolicy @NatUrbanLeague
  • Rikin Thakker, Ph.D., Vice President of Telecom and Spectrum Policy, MMTC, @RikinThakker @MMTConline

More Music and Giveaways with DJ –

Main Session

Description: Speakers will discuss where the opportunities are in the tech field and how to earn jobs through individual tech talks and a mock interview session. Speakers will cover the following: the many avenues available to gain an education in tech, including four-year degrees, technical and trade schools, certifications, entrepreneurship, internships, and apprenticeships; scholarships, grants, and programs available to diverse students; the intersection of technology and urban agriculture; resume and interview skills; and mock interview demonstrations on the do’s and don’ts of interviews.

Individual Tech Talks followed by Panel Discussion

  • Paige Travis, Senior Account Executive, Weber Shandwick PR, Emma Bowen Foundation Alumnus, @PaigeMTravis @WeberShandwick @EmmaLBowenFdn
  • Ashley Milton, Ph.D., Project Specialist, Environmental & Public Health in the Center for Sustainable Development, University of the District of Columbia, @PhDRCongo @udc_edu

More Music and Giveaways with DJ –

  • Talib I. Karim, BSME, JD, CEO & Founder, STEM4US!, @STEM4US

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