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Florida Memorial University establishes tech partnership seeking to close Black wealth gap

Mayor Francis Suarez presented a check during an event at the university’s Miami Gardens campus on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. COURTESY OF ARLESTER J SHORTER II © AJ SHORTER PHOTOGRAPHY

Florida Memorial University is collaborating with music executive and philanthropist Ted Lucas to launch a program that educates students and helps them land jobs in the tech industry — a move aiming to close the racial wealth gap among Black and white households.

A nonprofit founded by Lucas, CEO of Slip-N-Slide Records, will assist in identifying and securing partnerships to operate a “Cyber Innovation Hub” at South Florida’s lone historically Black university. Additionally, the school plans to provide office and lab space for the organization and offer a curriculum and instructors to support it.

Students will have an opportunity to find high-paying jobs and ultimately create businesses for themselves in industries that specialize in cryptocurrency, cybersecurity and renewable energy, among others, Jaffus Hardrick, president of the university, announced Monday morning at the Miami Gardens campus.

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