The software giant Microsoft has chosen a nonprofit organization in Boise for its program to spur economic growth in localities around the nation.
Idaho Women for Education has been selected by Microsoft to participate in the national expansion of its TechSpark program alongside other community-based organizations around the nation. According to a news release from IDWE, as a TechSpark fellow, IDWE will collaborate with Microsoft to promote inclusive economic opportunity, job creation, and innovation in Idaho.
According to Cindy Wilson, president of IDWE, "It is beyond exciting to be selected as the only community-based organization in the state of Idaho to work with Microsoft in this effort." We will create a digital inclusion strategy to support women through collaboration with other statewide partners.
According to the press release, IDWE's main goal is to offer adults and young women in Idaho business education, training, and assistance to help them become ready for the job. Through general public donations, foundational grants, and sponsorships, IDWE hopes to raise awareness of the importance of strong business education, technical awareness, and financial literacy. These funds will be used for at-risk women to attend workshops at conferences, compete for scholarships, and support other women-focused business training programs.
According to a Microsoft news release, through its project, which is now active in all 50 states, Microsoft will provide a TechSpark fellow with funding in addition to practical mentoring and training. The program will continue to be partner-driven and hyperlocal with a focus on four major issues:
Building a broadband infrastructure will give consumers access to key internet functions.
Supporting the establishment of computer science courses in neighborhood schools.
Digital skills: assisting people in acquiring the knowledge and abilities required for employment in the future.
Helping local businesses, startups, and organizations use technology to expand, innovate, and compete through digital transformation.
According to Kate Behncken, corporate vice president, of Microsoft Philanthropies, "Since we launched TechSpark in 2017, we've helped communities secure more than $125 million in funding and helped create thousands of jobs." We intend to continue our partner-driven, hyperlocal work to support communities in realizing the potential of technology and fostering greater economic opportunity by bringing TechSpark to all 50 states.
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