BIT ACADEMY

Skilling up professionals who are blind or disabled via supported independent study courses with a focus on accessibility

Access Ability Through Education

For our driven candidates who want to increase their marketable skills and turn goals into results, the BIT Academy™ provides training opportunities to give our candidates the competitive edge employers are looking for. Most of our classes are 10-15 week, online, independent study courses with weekly discussions to recap and introduce new material.

All classes are offered at no cost to our candidates. Take a look at our offered workshops and independent study courses!

Professional Development Workshops

Whether it’s interviewing, creating a resume that will be noticed, answering the toughest of interview questions, effectively communicating in order to make an impression from the first interaction through employment, or gaining familiarity with remote meeting platforms and their accessibility features, BIT Academy offers skills needed for professionals to succeed.

Workshops for 2022

BIT will be offering two workshops in the first three months of 2022. Each workshop will be two sessions, 1.5 hours each, a week and a half apart. These will be offered on an alternating day of the week each month. For more information about each workshop and how to sign up, see the information below. We will be increasing our workshop offerings, so keep an eye out for new opportunities.

 Tell Me About Yourself

 

The first part of BIT’s Tell Me About Yourself workshop prepares professionals to answer this difficult interview question. Workshop participants will get to practice their thirty-second “elevator pitch” and receive feedback. The workshop also focuses on how to create a resume that gets noticed and that focuses on more than just a chronological list of work experience. This workshop offers hands on practice and example handouts for future reference.

Find out more here.

 Let’s Get in Touch

 

First impressions are extremely important when it comes to the professional world. With virtual meetings and communication via email being more common than ever before, there’s a lot to keep in mind in order to present yourself in the most favorable light possible. From sending professional emails to being familiar with virtual meeting platforms, communication is key. The Let’s Get in Touch workshop focuses on both these things, with a heavy emphasis on accessibility.

Find out more here.

Salesforce Administration

Salesforce is one of the leaders in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms, boasting over 150,000 customers globally with more than 83% of Fortune 500 companies using its products. Salesforce Administrator jobs are growing at a rate of 37% with an average salary of $95,000.00 (US data). The best part – Salesforce is accessible!

Our Salesforce Administration training course is designed to be a guided tour through the Salesforce Trailhead program. Along the way, we add supplemental material, discussions and insights to get you on the path to Salesforce Certification.

In this course, we will explore:

  • The setup and configuration of Salesforce orgs and users for companies, big or small
  • Understanding and applying best practices for data management and organizational security
  • Learning the ins and outs of building reports and dashboards
  • Creating automated workflows and processes to optimize complex business tasks

I was a molecular biologist working in the biotechnology industry, but when I began to lose my sight, I started looking for a new career path. I met Mike Hess in 2013 and started volunteering for this organization he was starting, the Blind Institute of Technology. BIT was looking to set up a Salesforce instance of their own, and when Mike asked if I was up to learning how to do that, I said yes. There wasn’t any Trailhead website back then to help you study; I had to learn everything on my own. Mike encouraged me to pursue a career as a Salesforce Administrator, and what a good idea it was! I now hold multiple certifications, and am employed full time with Welltok. I sometimes want to pinch myself because I feel like I’m living a dream! I have a full-time job, great benefits, and a career I never thought I would have.”

Claudine W

Salesforce Administrator

In the Works

The BIT Academy is constantly developing new training opportunities to help our candidates attain in-demand skills. Here are a few of the training opportunities we are working on:

  • Salesforce Developer
  • Cisco Networking
  • Project Management
  • Amazon Web Services

We Want to Hear From You

The BIT Academy is always on the lookout for new training opportunities we can offer! If you know of any trending topics we could examine, we’d like to hear from you. You can reach us at academy@blindit.org.