Infoblox Funds Network Security Training in Wayne County Community College District

DETROIT—Santa Clara, Calif.-based Infoblox, a networking and security services provider, announced that it will bring its pilot Infoblox Diverse Student Certification program to Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD), to Detroit.

As part of Infoblox’s commitment to increase representation of minorities and women in the technology industry, the program will fully fund the costs of participating students to attend Infoblox training, which will introduce students to DDI (DNS, DHCP and IPAM) essentials and hands-on product training. The cost of the program is fully covered by Infoblox.

Students will take two courses taught by an Infoblox instructor, previously only available to customers. Upon completion, students can earn up to two certifications:

  • DDI Professional, the world’s most popular vendor-neutral DDI certification
  • DDI Config & Admin, Infoblox’s Most Attended Product Training Certification

The in-kind value of the training is over $102,000 for the WCCCD and an additional grant of $25,000 is awarded to the Rainbow PUSH Citizenship Education Fund for continuing education in STEM.

“Our mission has always been to create pathways to a better life through higher education,” said WCCCD Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery. “The Infoblox Diverse Student Certification Program provides our students with myriad opportunities to join in-demand, well-paying careers in fields where we know their prospects are needed and important.”

The Infoblox Diverse Student Certification program connects the next generation of workers with learning paths and certifications that open the door to networking jobs. The program integrates corporate training, certification and mentorship into WCCCD’s IT curriculum.

“As an engineer by training, I know how critical it is to create opportunities for future technology leaders from underrepresented communities,” said Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “With the expansion of its Diverse Student Certification pilot program in Detroit, Infoblox is making a difference for students of all backgrounds and helping students learn the skills they will need to succeed in the tech industry. It’s a win for Detroit and for students across Michigan. Governor Whitmer and I will continue our work to close the equity gaps and ensure that every child has the resources they need to reach their potential.

These courses, certifications, and ongoing mentorship from Infoblox’s BERG (Black Employee Resource Group) aim to prepare students with fundamental skills to embark on careers in computer networks and a distinct advantage when looking for a job.

Visit this website to learn more about Infoblox’s broader DEI efforts.

Kevin M. Risinger