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Automation Workz with Ida Byrd-Hill

 Ben Tankard and Jerry Adams Joint Venture with Streaming Networks Smooth Life TV and VTV
Ben Tankard (left) and Jerry Adams partner in new streaming networks Smooth Life TV and VTV

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Ida Byrd-Hill, founder and CEO of Detroit-based Automation Workz.

In 2021, Automation Workz was ranked as one of the nation’s top cybersecurity bootcamps by Career Karma. Most recently, Automation Workz was named one of the best cybersecurity bootcamps of 2021 by, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning.

Hill talks about how she came up with the idea for Automation Workz, the importance of cybersecurity, receiving a Michigan state license as a stand-alone post-secondary school, and the firm's $10 million in growth financing.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays — and weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast Black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.
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