As a student of Petroleum and Gas Engineering at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, Toheeb learned about machine learning and the ecosystem. It fueled his desire to take on the challenges of data science and machine learning, spurring him to apply for a Serenze Global grant.
“The more I learned about machine learning, the more I realized that the possibilities are endless and the more I became interested in it,” he said.
Toheeb’s passion for energy lead him to pursue the career in petroleum and gas engineering. He discovered the gas industry is becoming more technology-oriented and encourages the application of machine learning and data science for more efficiency.
Although Toheeb had already taken some free courses on Pluralsight, he had a desire to learn more and liked the structured learning paths on Pluralsight but could not afford to join the e-learning platform. He was awarded the Serenze Global grant in January 2021, which has given him access to Pluralsight to further pursue his passion.
“The grant has been helpful to me not only because I have a premium account but also that I get to meet people from other places who are interested in the same thing,” said Toheeb. “The opportunity was introduced to me by a colleague who then became my accountability partner with whom I have learnt a lot about time management. He helped me stay motivated through my learning process and made sure I met my set target for the month.”
Since becoming a Serenze Global student, Toheeb also participated in the Microsoft Ignite Challenge to earn a voucher to take a professional exam. He completed the challenge, earned his voucher and was able to take the Designing and Implementing Data Science Solution in Microsoft Azure exam. He’s excited to announce he passed the exam and became a Microsoft Certified Data Scientist Associate.
He has also gone on to publish articles on Hashnode.
We are very happy to introduce our Serenze Global Class of 2021!
Earlier this year, we announced our 2021 Technology Education Grant. Our goal was to help 100 people improve their lives, their careers, and their communities in 2021. We focused specifically on technology education because we feel that this is the best way to help our students achieve their goals.
As part of our mission, we focused on individuals who were under-represented in the IT industry. In addition, we also focused on helping those who have experience hardships as a result of the global pandemic. We were also looking for individuals who share our belief that we can make the world a better place through technology, education, and community.
So, we’d like to introduce you to the recipients of our Technology Education Grant this year — our Serenze Global Class of 2021.
First, in the chart below, we have our students by their final grant application status. We accepted over 80% of all of the applicants we received this year.
Next, let’s take a look at students by age. We have students ranging from teenagers to seniors, with the majority of our applicants in their 20s and 30s.
Third, we have students by their gender. We were hoping for more female applicants — in fact, almost all of our targeted marketing efforts were geared towards women. However, we’re going to work even harder next year to increase our gender diversity.
Fourth, we have students by race/ethnicity. We had a lot of applicants of Black or African origins followed by Asians and various other ethnicities. We were very happy to see such a diverse array of applicants from various backgrounds.
Fifth, we have students by education level. The majority of our students have 4-year degrees. However, we also have some high school graduates, 2-year degrees, and a few students with Master’s degrees and one with a Ph.D.
SIxth, we have students by country of residence. We have a large number of students from Nigeria this year. In fact, word of the grant spread very quickly in Nigeria. So, thank you to everyone who spread the word about this opportunity!
Just to show how wide-spread the word of this opportunity was in the country of Nigeria, here’s a chart of students by their city in Nigeria. As you can see, this was a country-wide initiative to spread the word to various communities. Once again, excellent work to everyone who helped spread the word about this grant.
Finally, here’s a map to help you better visualize the reach of our global initiative. As you can see, we have applicants from every continent in the world — except for Antarctica. Next year, we’re hoping to have this entire map filled with students. With your help, we believe that we can achieve this goal.
We wish our entire Class of 2021 all the best in achieving their educational and career goals this year!
Serenze Global is excited to announce our Technology Education Grant for 2021!
We’ve teamed up with Pluralsight One to provide technology-education grants to help 100 people enter the tech workforce in 2021.
This year, we are focusing primarily on helping individuals who are under-represented in the tech industry as well as those who are dealing with economic hardships as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Grant recipients will receive a free one-year subscription to Pluralsight’s entire catalog of online courses and learning resources. In addition, they will become part of our “Class of 2021” online learning community.
To apply, please fill out the online application before Dec 31, 2020. We will contact you before Jan 15, 2021 to let you know if you’ve been selected to receive the grant.
Please help us spread the word (using the link below) to inform others in your community about this great educational opportunity!
“Birth of a Unicorn”, the latest book by author Heather Wilde, has launched this week on the crowdfunding platform Publishizer. 100% of the proceeds going to 501(c)3 Nonprofit Serenze Global.
“Birth of a Unicorn – Six Basic Steps to Success”, the latest book by award-winning author Heather Wilde, has launched this week for pre-order on the crowdfunding platform, Publishizer. She has announced that 100% of the proceeds of book sales will go to nonprofit Serenze Global to create a grants program for continuing-education STEM workshops, training, and courses.
Wilde explains, “We have a blockage in our STEM pipeline — it’s a barrier built up by gender, socioeconomic status and lack of access to education. Serenze Global wants to help level that playing field.”
With the recent rise in media coverage around interpersonal relationships and mental health for business owners, Birth of a Unicorn’s subject matter is a hot topic and a must-read for Entrepreneurs.
“Birth of a Unicorn – Six Basic Steps to Success” is now available on Publishizer at https://pszr.co/bVzHe
“Birth of a Unicorn” is the true-life account of a young woman who leaves her “normal” life behind to travel the world — while creating one of the world’s most beloved startups, working on her relationship, and discovering her true voice. What emerges is a lasting friendship, a billion-dollar company, and an understandable framework of success for others to replicate.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award-winning “Unicorn Whisperer” and CTO Heather Wilde was the eighth employee of Evernote, advises Fortune 500 companies and startups alike, and writes about all of it for Inc and Forbes.
Serenze Global is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit organization based in Las Vegas, NV to utilize STEM education to create a more informed public understanding and appreciation of future events, ideas, and cultures.