ROYAL OAK – Amy Babinchak, the owner of Harbor Computer Services, Third Tier and SellMyMSP, didn’t plan on making IT her career. She switched her college major to computers. But when she went for her first computer certifications, she didn’t have the money to pay for the exams. Her aunt came to the rescue and gave her the money.
So Babinchak decided to pay back her aunt – now deceased – by paying it forward for other women by offering a scholarship program for women looking to advance their careers in IT. The program reimburses women for any IT-related certification exam-prep fees.
“It’s my small contribution towards solving the problem of there not being enough women in this field,” she said. ‘When I started 19 years ago there were 3 percent of women in tech; now there are fewer. This makes no sense to me since women are great problem solvers.
“I can’t solve the culture problems, but I can help a few women get more certifications to prove to people they are qualified and ready to move up.”
Babinchak said she will reimburse women for any IT or DEV certification exam prep courses – which can amount to several hundred dollars. To get reimbursed, send an email to IPassed@thirdtier.net including your Full Name, Address, PayPal address. Then attach a copy of your passing score certificate, your payment receipt and picture of yourself.
The money for the scholarship program came from what Babinchak calls her “loyal customers” who want to help prevent ransomware attacks. They’re hoping these new female IT recruits will help get that job done. She said the fund seeks to support women whether they are new to the IT field or looking to move up to prove their skills to future employers.
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