Announcing the Digital Equity Professional Certificate

As 2020 begins, we’re heartened that there’s a growing awareness of the adverse effects of the digital divide. Across a variety of mission-areas, organizations understand that to truly serve their constituents, they need to support digital connectivity and skills. From health care to housing to education and beyond, when community members aren’t online, your communications with them are limited, and your ability to serve them is dramatically diminished. Consequently, there’s an increasing demand for training and support of the professionals who work in these areas.

With our Digital Inclusion Fellowship program, now in its fifth cohort, we have supported nonprofit professionals bringing their communities online and increased their capacity to do so. Through in-person and online training, we have connected more than 70 Fellows with the ideas, resources, and networks they need to launch and grow effective digital inclusion programs. Over 25,000 people in communities nationwide have been served by these programs.

We’re proud to continue our Fellowship and see a need to provide training and support for those not able to participate in a year-long intensive program.

That’s why we’re launching a new certificate program focused on digital equity. In this new program, professionals will advance their career and their communities by studying best practices and emerging ideas with leaders from the digital inclusion field. The program consists of a ten-week core curriculum and the completion of five elective courses from NTEN’s online education catalog. Participants will join the over 100 nonprofit professionals who have earned NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate in being recognized for advancing their expertise.

Our first 10-Week Digital Equity Core cohort begins on April 7. But there’s no need to wait. Students can start their elective requirements as soon as they enroll.

We’re proud to provide digital inclusion professionals the opportunity to serve their communities better. Interested in learning more? Watch our Community Call from February 18  and feel free to email us with any questions. We’re happy to answer your questions about this exciting new professional development opportunity.

Ash Shepherd
Education Director
Ash has been in love with the nonprofit sector for nearly two decades, where he has worked in the areas of conservation, environmental education, social work, youth program development, and technology consulting. He has been an active member of the NTEN Community, serving as a co-organizer of Portland’s 501 Tech Club, and completing a three-year term on the NTEN: Change Journal's Editorial Committee. Ash earned a B.S. from the University of Montana in Resource Management and a Masters in Environment and Development from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa.