How Government Funding For Training Is Increasingly Requiring That Diversity Is Met and the Amesite and NAFEO Collaboration
December 15, 2022

Government funding for training is increasingly requiring that diversity is met. In response, organizations are coming up with creative solutions to ensure that their workforce is diverse and representative of a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. One such solution is the collaboration between Amesite and NAFEO.

Amesite Inc. is a leading artificial intelligence software company that offers a cloud-based learning platform for business and education markets. Recently, the company submitted a response to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's request for information regarding the design of potential semiconductor and microelectronics innovation manufacturing institutes in the United States. The Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act is set to transform the U.S. semiconductor industry by offering a range of supportive funding mechanisms.

According to the White House, the Act is designed to "ensure more people from all backgrounds and all regions and communities around the country, especially people from marginalized, under-served, and under-resourced communities, can benefit from and participate in STEM education and training opportunities." This is where NAFEO comes in. With a recent collaboration with Amesite, NAFEO is ready to help fulfill the talent shortages and diversity challenges the semiconductor industry faces today.

NAFEO CEO and Attorney Lezli Baskerville said, "NAFEO’s collaboration with Amesite will enable a large cohort of diverse persons to attain credentials in growth and high need disciplines, and equally as important, according to the Business Roundtable, new and/or different skills. The persons participating in the NAFEO Amesite collaboration will also have imbued in them the work ethic and cultural mores that are the cornerstones of an HBCU education, including a strong sense of their limitless potential, even in the most competitive industries, like the semiconductor industry."

Amesite Founder and CEO, Dr. Ann Marie Sastry, commented, "We are confident that we will be able to provide learning opportunities through the various funding sources that are becoming available, and excited to begin. Amesite and NAFEO have the ability to launch sophisticated technological programs in as little as 24 hours around the globe, and are targeting funding for HBCUs and PBIs, to improve the diversity of the semiconductor workforce."

Overall, the Amesite and NAFEO collaboration is an example of how organizations are coming up with creative solutions to drive diversity and ensure that their workforce is representative of a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. By leveraging their proven SaaS collaboration, Amesite and NAFEO believe they are well-positioned to help the U.S. lead in the semiconductor industry and address the talent shortages and diversity challenges facing the industry.

The importance of having capable private vendors is to assure that government funds are well-spent because private vendors are often responsible for delivering services and products to the public on behalf of the government. When private vendors are capable, they have the skills, expertise, and experience necessary to deliver high-quality services and products that meet the needs of the public. This, in turn, helps to ensure that government funds are being used effectively and efficiently to support the delivery of important services and programs. Additionally, having capable private vendors can also help to improve the reputation of the government and build trust with the public. By working with vendors who are qualified and knowledgeable in their fields, the government can demonstrate its commitment to the well-being of its citizens and to the responsible stewardship of public funds.