Women’s Resource Center offering a free webinar


The Women’s Resource Center is offering a free webinar, “Industry Certification for the Modern Workforce,” from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18. The event is part of the WRC’s Career Connections program which connects women to quality jobs and funded training programs.

Participants will experience a technical certification program focused on computer fundamentals and exploring careers in the high-tech industry. At the end of the course, participants receive a laptop computer thanks to funding from Bank of America.

Panelists include Deshjuana “Desh” Bagley, Director of IT/Coding Academy at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and Jamie Kahns, SVP, Head of Markets at Bank of America Sarasota/Manatee.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for women to learn skills that will help them prepare for career advancement and explore tech careers,” said Lori Gentile, director of client services at WRC. “Plus, the bonus of receiving a laptop allows them to continue learning long after the program ends.”



Ms. Bagley leverages her education and industry experience to develop a leading industry certification training program that keeps abreast of technology trends to meet industry needs. Its main objective is to equip students of all ages with the necessary skills to land the desired jobs in the field of information technology. Ms. Bagley is also a program delivery partner for FIRST LEGO League Robotics in a 17-county region for more than 100 teams and 500 volunteers.

Ms. Kahns works closely with the local leadership team to create and execute a focused strategic market plan, which aims to improve Bank of America’s ability to drive business, increase employee engagement and have a positive impact on the community. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion and recently earned a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace certificate from the University of South Florida.



Register for the webinar at www.mywrc.org/industrycertification or call 941-256-9721. ¦


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