All too often, veterans find it difficult to transition from their brave, dedicated service in the military to civilian positions. Many of our veterans have highly sought-after skills and at a minimum have the discipline and drive to be successful in technology and telecommunications jobs. ALLvanza connects veterans with mentors who are also veterans and have successfully made the transition to working in the technology, telecommunications, and consulting fields. ALLvanza focuses on ensuring veterans understand the market demand for their skillsets, loyalty and discipline and that veterans get the opportunities and guidance they need and deserve.
Some key aspects of ALLvanza’s work:
- Educating universities that serve veterans on the importance of STEM education and in turn ensuring veterans appreciate the importance of STEM education
- (Re)defining technology jobs and transition of skills
- Ensuring veterans understand the benefits afforded them through their service and how to take advantage of those benefits
- Connecting veterans with mentors in the technology and telecommunications industries to help encourage and guide them
Diversity is lacking in the technology and telecommunications industry and it has been proven that diversity increases creativity, productivity, and profits. In industries that are so crucial to our country’s economic viability, and that help us maintain a competitive advantage in our global economy; it is crucial that the technology and telecommunications industries leverage the proven benefits of diversity. To address this opportunity to advance, ALLvanza focuses on empowering Latinxs and young members of underserved communities to fill a pipeline of qualified candidates to pursue and obtain jobs in the technology and telecommunications industries.
- Empowering, mentoring, preparing, and advancing Latinas in the STEM fields.
- Encouraging Latinas of all ages to pursue STEM education, certifications and other training to be successful in STEM fields.
- (Re)defining technology jobs
Gen Z Latinxs
- Preparation: ALLvanza partners with technology and telecommunications companies to ensure a pipeline of Latinxs and other underserved groups get the information, education, and tools necessary to be prepare them to enter the technology and telecommunications fields.
- Networking/Mentorship: ALLvanza connects qualified Latinxs and other members of underserved communities with mentors in the technology and telecommunications industries and ensures they are able to build and leverage strong professional networks.
- Advocacy/Corporate Engagement: ALLvanza engages and partners with technology and telecommunications companies to ensure they understand the need and benefit of making their industries more inclusive and advising them on tangible steps to make that a reality.
- (Re)defining technology jobs
In order for Latinxs and other members of underserved communities to be prepared and qualified for technology and telecommunications jobs there must be a pipeline of candidates established from an early age through pursuit of STEM education. Unfortunately, there is a lack of emphasis or inclusion of STEM in school systems that have predominantly Latinx and other underserved students.
To address this issue, ALLvanza employs a two-pronged approach:
First, we engage school officials, especially in underserved communities, in school board meetings and other venues to ensure they are aware of the importance of STEM education and encourage them to take the necessary steps to add STEM courses to their district’s curricula.
Second, we work with parents and students of all ages from K-U (kindergarten through university) to help them understand what STEM education courses are available and get excited about the opportunities available for students who pursue STEM education including rewarding technical careers and exciting hobbies.
(Re)defining Technology Jobs
It is a mistake to think that a “technology job” is restricted to only technical professions such as software development and network engineering. There are many jobs in the technology field that don’t require specialized technical skills and ALLvanza aims to educate our constituents and empower them to pursue a (re)defined technology job.