Lance Lucas is the CEO and Founder of Baltimore-based technology education non-profit, Digit All Systems. He is also the President of the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce. Since its founding in 1998, Digit All has provided computer training and certification to nearly 2,400 people, about 180 certifications per year.
Digit All bridges the digital divide by equipping underserved and underprivileged students with IT career skills. All courses prepare students for professional certification tests and more advance courses. Lance has led the company to incredible success rates in terms of both certification rates and employment outcomes. Many of Digit All’s students have gone on to teach at City schools, replicating Digit All’s process.
In July of 2013, Lance and Digit All attracted the attention of local and national press when he partnered with the Baltimore City police to launch his laptops-for-guns exchange, “Stop Shooting, Start Coding”. At the event, Digit All offered refurbished Dell laptops and free computer training to city residents in exchange for firearms.
As a fervent tech education advocate, Lucas has a vision for Baltimore’s school system. He believes that by introducing technical certification programs into the curriculum, the schools would become a magnet to draw people and investment back into the city. He hopes to turn Baltimore’s youth into an economic engine, allowing them to land high-paying jobs as data center engineers, security experts, and ethical hackers right out of high school.