CEDIA & WiCT partner to offer smart home education opportunities to women on IWD

CEDIA and Women in Consumer Technology (WiCT) are celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) by teaming up to provide education opportunities to women throughout the smart home industry in order for them to take the next steps in their careers.

“We hope to inspire everyone in the industry to level up their careers through CEDIA education and certification,” said Mandy Beckner, CEDIA vice president of Education and Training and WiCT Board Member. “We also recognise our responsibility as an association to make these resources more accessible. We’re committed to providing various avenues of support and opportunities to level the playing field within our industry.”

As part of this yearlong commitment, CEDIA will host CIT Study Groups from August, a six-part webinar series designed to support learners in their journey to earning CEDIA’s Cabling & Infrastructure Technician (CIT) certification. All sessions offer live instruction from a certified professional, support from a network of peers, and ample opportunities to ask questions.

The webinar series is designed to help participants build their confidence prior to taking their exams and allows them to showcase their industry commitment to their employers. It also gives those planning to attend CEDIA Expo in September ample prep time and the opportunity to congregate with their peers prior to taking their exams.

In addition to the CIT Study Groups, CEDIA will also host a three-part WiCT Webinar Series led by Becky Magnotta of Homestead Coaching and Consulting. Each session will explore important topics including trust and relationships, communication and influence, and accountability. The webinars will be held 23 March, 11 May, and 8 June, and will offer actionable tools for attendees to apply within their careers.

“A more highly skilled and diverse workforce benefits the entire industry, which is why I’m so excited to see CEDIA and WiCT join forces,” added CEDIA Board Secretary and owner of TruMedia, Amanda Wildman ESC, CIT-SME, IST-SME. “I have learned a tremendous amount from my work with both certification and WiCT that has helped me to grow in confidence and knowledge that has continued to shape who I am both personally and professionally.”

The CIT Study Group webinar series begins on 1 August and will run every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am EST for three weeks. It is open to anyone interested in earning the CIT certification, including those who are not enrolled in the CIT Pathway.

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