"When these tech jobs go unfilled, it’s a missed opportunity for the workers, but it’s also a missed opportunity for your city, your community, your county, your state, and our nation"
- President Barack Obama, National League of Cities Annual Conference March 9th, 2015
Administration continuing to expand TechHire
On March 10, 2015, President Obama announced his TechHire initiative, a new campaign to expand local tech sectors by building tech talent pipelines in communities across the country. That announcement included three main components: (1) More than 20 communities with over 300 employer partners signed on to pilot accelerated training strategies; (2) large private-sector companies and national organizations committed to providing tools to support these TechHire communities; and (3) the President pledged $100 million in federal grant funding.
Today, the number of TechHire communities has more than doubled, to 50. If your community is interested to join the TechHire movement, please scroll down for more information on the TechHire initiative and how to get involved.
$150M awarded in Department of Labor TechHire Partnership Grants
Consistent with the goals of TechHire, today, Vice President Biden and Department of Labor Secretary Perez are announcing the release of $150 million in new Department of Labor TechHire grants—which will support 39 public-private partnerships to help train tomorrow’s workforce in rapid-growth sectors like tech, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing.
The grants will focus on providing workers the skills for a pathway to the middle class while providing employers with the skilled technology workers need to grow and expand. The Department of Labor estimates that more than 18,000 participants will receive services through the TechHire grant program. Over $125 million of the grants will go to partnerships that specifically target, train, and support young people, ages 17-29. In addition, $24 million will go to partnerships that help other disadvantaged groups with barriers to employment, including veterans, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, and people with criminal records.
Grant winners and TechHire community partnerships focus on the following:
- Data and innovative hiring practices to expand openness to non-traditional hiring
- Models for training that prepare students in months, not years
- Active local leadership to connect people to jobs with hiring on ramp programs
The TechHire initiative launched in 2015 with 21 communities and over 300 employers committed to providing Americans with the accelerated, nontraditional technical training they need to obtain better jobs and achieve better futures. Since the launch of TechHire, the initiative has grown to 50 communities, committed to improving the lives of Americans. The President is challenging other communities across the country to follow their lead and get involved.
Rural Tech in the U.S: South Central Appalachia TechHire
On June 27, 2016 the Administration also launched South Central Appalachia TechHire, a joint effort by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and private sector employers to develop a world-class ecosystem of tech talent in the heart of Appalachia. Together, South Central Appalachia TechHire will prepare and place over 50 individuals into tech jobs over the next year, and 400 by 2020.To learn more about TechHire in rural communities, check out the blog post from NEC Director Jeff Zients and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
The TechHire Opportunity
What's Happening in Communities?
We want to get more onboard. Because ultimately, success is going to rest on mayors, councilmembers, local leaders. You have got the power to bring your communities together and seize this incredible economic development opportunity that could change the way we think about training and hiring the workers of tomorrow. And the good news is these workers may emerge from the unlikeliest places.”
– President Barack Obama, TechHire Launch March 9th, 2015
Stories of TechHire
Garland C. (KY)
Thaddeus D. (OH)
Michelle S. (NE)
Lori C. (TX)
Chelsea O. (MN)
S. Aaron T. (CO)
Tracie and Trayvon (MD)
Corrine K. (TN)
Allison L. (NY)
Victor C. (MN)
Luz T. (FL)
Geraldina A. (NY)
Private Sector Tools & Community Resources
Support for Local Leaders
Expanding Accelerated Models for Training
Using Data and Innovative Hiring Practices
So far more than 150 students have gone through Akron’s TechHire training program, which includes the Software Guild coding bootcamp and Stark State College certificate programs. Over 130 program graduates have been placed by 72 companies, with an average starting salary for bootcamp graduates of $52,000.
Training and community college partners will work with other organizations to recruit, organize, and coordinate local companies to host interns and apprentices from alternative pathways. The Software Guild, a "coding" bootcamp, has historically seen 95% placement rates. They will train over 350 candidates by the end of 2016. The Regional IT Engagement Board will engage companies including Progressive, as well as higher education institutions in a new, skills-based hiring and training pilot. Stark State College, one of the largest of 23 community colleges in Ohio, will assist in the development of short-term career enhancement programs, with participation from Summa Health System. With Stark State, the City of Akron has secured $4.5 million in funding to develop the Bits and Atoms Innovation Center, scheduled to be completed by December 2016 that will serve as an entrepreneurial hub for the community.
Since launch, the program has engaged over 300 local employer partners, including T-Mobile, Alliance Data, and Manpower. The city’s goal for 2015 is training at least 350 candidates for IT jobs. In addition, the city of Albuquerque plans to expand the Running Start for Careers program to include an IT and coding course.
Talent Albuquerque (Talent ABQ) is a demand-driven initiative launched by Mayor Berry with Innovate+Educate, in which the industry partners are recognizing skills and competencies in their job postings, rather than only degrees or years of experience. The program has over 300 local employer partners, including T-Mobile, Alliance Data, and Manpower. The City of Albuquerque will include $200,000 in its FY16 budget to fund Talent ABQ’s work. The goal is to fill at least 5 percent of IT jobs based on skills and competencies rather than just degree and experience. Talent ABQ is mapping courses and curriculum across the City to IT jobs to ensure that people have access to training opportunities in IT. The mapping exercise will show a gap in IT jobs vs IT training. The city’s goal for 2015 is training and upskilling at a minimum 350 candidates for IT jobs. In addition, the city of Albuquerque plans to expand the Running Start for Careers program to include an IT and coding course.
The City of Atlanta has partnered with The Iron Yard and TechSquare Labs to create accelerated training programs in Atlanta that prepare graduates for career opportunities with companies like Turner Broadcasting, Pindrop, SOLTECH, Luma, Springbot, WhatCounts, and the City of Atlanta Department of Information Management. Atlanta TechHire will train 100 individuals in software development and other high-growth IT occupations throughout 2016. Individuals trained through TechHire programs will be guaranteed interviews with Atlanta TechHire employer partners. An additional 300 individuals will be trained and guaranteed interviews with TechHire employer partners by 2020. The City of Atlanta Department of Information Management has committed to filling 20% of its job openings in FY2016 with graduates from TechHire programs. The City of Atlanta Workforce Development Agency will develop a clearinghouse of employer needs, training programs, and job seekers to connect qualified candidates to open tech jobs.
Over 45 companies including IBM, Google, Microsoft, and selected members of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) are sharing data on skills needs and taking a hands-on approach to curriculum design for accelerated training programs, so that Austin has ready-to-hire graduates from Austin Community College, Texas State University, local boot-camps like Zenith Education Group, and non-profit training organizations. Through these partnerships, graduates—particularly those from non-traditional backgrounds, including veterans, low-income residents, and those without a formal degree—will be assisted in interviewing for and/or finding paid internships or similar programs. Over the next year, Austin anticipates training and placing 250 individuals, and by 2020, Austin partners anticipate training and placing 400 individuals.
Baltimore has made substantial progress on analysis of labor market data, assessment of the local training landscape engaging employers and building a governance structure for our broader tech ecosystem development. Composed of representatives from employers, business organizations, the Mayor's Office and Workforce Investment system, job seekers, youth leaders, local funders, tech experts and non-profit organizations among others, Baltimore’s Advisory Board has begun to meet and will continue to do so on a monthly basis to continue to build momentum around TechHire Baltimore. Baltimore employers including BGE, Kaiser Permanente, OneMain Financial, Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland, Whiting Turner and others have partnered with the TechHire effort in various capacities including committing to hiring candidates based on qualifications rather than degrees, committing to offering internships or apprenticeships, and funding.
Birmingham has committed to training 300 people in fast track tech programs by the end of 2016 through expanding three main pathways. Since launch, 15 progressed through the first Depot/U, Birmingham’s first developer boot camp class in fall 2015.
Birmingham has committed to train 300 people in fast track tech programs by the end of 2016. Innovation Depot, Birmingham’s epicenter for technology and entrepreneurs launched Depot/U, Alabama’s first developer bootcamp. Depot/U provides a rapid, non-traditional pathway to tech training for Alabama residents at nearly half the cost of leading national bootcamps and requires no prior programming experience. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) partners with the city to provide internship opportunities for urban college students in tech and to offer online training, cohort learning and mentorship. The Birmingham Business Alliance – representing nearly 1000 companies – talent recruitment project will be expanded to include an emphasis on tech sector jobs over the next 18 months. City partner MotionMobs also committed to provide free 12-week training courses to 50 individuals. Birmingham is also aiming to secure partnerships with 50 employers and training providers by the end of 2015.
Buffalo County and the City of Kearney, Nebraska are partnering with Xpanxion, a professional IT services firm that has successfully provided nearly 100 IT careers in Central Nebraska, and Invest Nebraska, Inc. to launch a technology incubator that will support high-growth software startups in a rural environment. Since the launch, Xpanxion has hired 4 trainees and has developed a recruitment, assessment, and training model that would prepare all training participants to begin their IT career at entry-level jobs beginning in July 2016.
Buffalo County and the City of Kearney, Nebraska are partnering with Xpanxion, a professional IT services firm that has successfully provided nearly 100 IT careers in Central Nebraska, and Invest Nebraska, Inc., to launch a technology incubator that will support high-growth software startups in a rural environment. The partners on this new initiative have also collaborated with training institutions on creating curriculum to make classes more relevant for workplace demand.
Burlington, VT is bringing together employers and local partners to improve career pathways for tech jobs as a new TechHire Community. Vermont Healthcare & Information Technology Education Center (HITEC) is working with local employers to design education programs for their needs, all in the aim of making it easier for hardworking Americans to move quickly from training to jobs. For example, HITEC developed the IT Registered Apprenticeship Program which, in its first year, had 38 of its 39 enrollees successfully complete their apprenticeship and move on to steady employment with salaries up to $55,000. To expand on these efforts, Burlington hopes to train and place 75 tech workers in 2016 while collaborating with local employers and providers including Dealer.com, My Web Grocer, the University of Vermont, the University of Vermont Medical Center, Champlain College, VT Technical College, the Vermont Technology Alliance, and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.
As part of the Chattanooga TechHire initiative, the City of Chattanooga has convened a Task Force, made up of key partners like The Unum Group, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Erlanger Health System, and the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce to determine the needs of employers, train new workers, and recruit candidates in underrepresented communities. The Chattanooga TechHire efforts have prompted local IT workforce research and gap analysis, and has led to Chattanooga's commitment to recruit a high-quality coding bootcamp locally. Also, local partners Chattanooga State Community College and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have created a year-long accelerated training program primarily focused on individuals who are out-of-secondary school and have barriers to training and employment such as childcare responsibilities. In addition, the Chattanooga Library has partnered with online technology education provider Treehouse to offer free training to library members in order to provide competitive, in-demand technology skills that will help Chattanoogans land a job or build their startup idea
The City of Chattanooga is serving as the backbone entity for Chattanooga’s TechHire partnership. In addition, the City has allocated funding through its FY15 budget specifically targeted towards technology workforce in line with TechHire goals. An IT Task Force made up of employers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Unum Group, The Lamp Post Group, EBP, and Erlanger Hospital will determine the skill-needs of employers, and training partners including Chattanooga State Technical Community College, A.I.R. Labs, Public Education Foundation, TN Code Academy/ Girls Who Code, and the Chattanooga Public Library 4th Floor will establish goals for recruiting and training diverse and nontraditional candidates to fill these important jobs.
As of 2015, Cincinnati has already placed over 100 students trained and employed by these initiatives. With the addition of the new TechHire initiatives, Cincinnati aims to significantly increase access to tech training in the coming years including enrolling an additional 200 students in 2016.
A coalition is collaborating to implement Cincinnati’s TechHire initiative, hiring from non-traditional pathways, and coordinating collaboration among stakeholders. Key elements include INTERalliance, a non-profit that encourages the pursuit of IT careers; Per Scholas, a non-profit that will train and place 80 individuals, half of whom are women and minorities, into entry-level IT roles; and Girl Develop It, focused on training women in web and software development. The city is also expanding a bootcamp program to train candidates with little to no IT background. In the first cohort (25% women and 50% initially unemployed), 90% were hired with salaries as high as $80,000. In addition, the Cincinnati Business Committee and the CIO Roundtable will seek to hire diverse, non-traditional candidates. As of 2015, Cincinnati has already placed over 100 students trained and employed by these initiatives. With the addition of the new TechHire initiatives, Cincinnati hopes to enroll an additional 200 students in 2016.
Colorado is committed to increasing the number of students to go through training in high-demand occupations in partnership with the office of Representative Dan Pabon, and state agencies. Since launch, it has already built excellent training programs supported by the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE).
Colorado commits to launch a new program aimed at filling high paying jobs in Colorado with skilled, qualified people. The Initiative will work with industry leaders and training programs to increase the number of students to complete training, as well as increase pathways into high-demand occupations in 2015. Colorado has already built excellent training programs supported by the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE), and this program will further augment this work by increasing engagement and industry awareness. Founding partners from the private sector include the Colorado Technology Association, Swiftpage, and Denver-based training program Seedpaths.
Several of Delaware’s biggest employers joined with the state to train and hire hundreds of Information Technology workers through accelerated education programs and a “coding school” in fall 2015. Delaware has since then launched Zip Code Wilmington, the state’s first coding bootcamp, which had 16 graduates in its first cohort. Over 200 applications have been received for Zip Code’s second cohort, which started in January of 2016.
As part of Governor Markell’s efforts to rethink the state’s approach to workforce training for the new economy, several of Delaware’s biggest employers are joining with the state to train and hire hundreds of IT workers through accelerated education programs and a “coding school,” launching this fall. Six employers, including JP Morgan Chase and Capital One, have committed to hire those who successfully complete the program. Fifty to 100 people are expected to participate this fall, preparing for jobs as entry-level Java developers and IT infrastructure support workers.
In partnership with the City of Detroit, Grand Circus Detroit will continue in its mission in 2015 by training more than 200 students for high demand careers in IT, including a primary emphasis on accelerated training. Their primary goal is to service the needs of local employers looking for entry-level IT talent, and their training topics will reflect those needs. The partnership in support of TechHire will involve employers representing the largest of the 30+ local employers including GM (Onstar) Quicken Loans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan who will interview and hire qualified Grand Circus graduates. In total, partner employer partners represent roughly 80 percent of IT positions open in the City of Detroit.
Over 900 people have indicated interest in BitSource, one of the education groups’ training programs in rural Kentucky. Targeting dislocated coal-industry workers, BitSource has trained and placed 11 people into employment in its pilot year.
The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP)--the Workforce Investment Board that administers federal workforce programs in 23 Eastern Kentucky counties--is leading regional convening efforts that are bringing together educational groups, nonprofits, and employer partners. This group will collectively design and establish a strategy and economic development plan to make accelerated IT training--and the resulting, high-demand jobs--available to Eastern Kentuckians, who may not have computer science degrees but have the ability and adaptability to learn and work in the IT field.
As part of Flint’s broader economic development strategy, the City created the Greater Flint TechHire Initiative to train 400 individuals by 2020 for employment opportunities. Social Impact Philanthropy and Investment (SIPI) will partner with the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce with local employers, including sipIT, the Disability Network, and the Michigan Employer Resource Network Team (Michigan ERN), which engages 77 employers throughout Michigan. In partnership with Mott Community College, Flint TechHire will train individuals via a range of programs for the skills they need to land in-demand tech jobs in less than a year. To connect Flint TechHire graduates with jobs, SIPI and the Chamber of Commerce will work with local employers to recruit, interview, and place program graduates.
In the next six months, Honolulu WorkLinks working with the CIO Council of Hawaii and the High Technology Development Corporation will ramp up tech training, along with an expanded DevLeague bootcamp, Honolulu Applied Computer Training and Technology classes, and U.S. CAD classes. By the end of the first year, job-seekers from nontraditional backgrounds will be considered for 175 open jobs with some of the largest employers in Hawaii—and in the next 3 years, that number will more than double to 400 new employees from nontraditional backgrounds at companies like Ike, and Ikayzo. Leveraging live video technology at community colleges, the TechHire program will provide accelerated training to all the islands of Hawaii, including rural areas. TechHire is also part of a broader effort in Hawaii to meet its 80/80 Initiative to create 80,000 new technology jobs earning over $80,000 per year by 2030.
Indianapolis TechHire will respond to the need for tech talent in Central Indiana, which is projected to have 51,500 new technical jobs in 2025. The City of Indianapolis, EmployIndy, and TechPoint will bring together employers like Angie’s List, Apparatus, Blackboard, Bloomerang, Fiber Indy, Interactive Intelligence, NetLogix, TCC Software Solutions, and WDD Software Solutions to train and find jobs for 186 people in 2016 and 560 through 2018. EmployIndy and partners will also pilot “Code Indy,” a training program targeted toward adults and youth with barriers to training and employment, as well as fund curriculum development at Eleven Fifty Academy to deliver coursework to up to 1,000 students of varied ages and backgrounds.
The City of Jackson is convening employers from the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership of Mississippi with Hinds Community College, Jackson State University, and other training providers to train 250 candidates in 2016 and 1,000 candidates by 2020 with the skills they need for open tech jobs. Students will prepare for work using personalized trainings developed as part of the MI-BEST workforce training program, which connects trainees with the skills employers need. The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership of Mississippi will facilitate hiring of trainees by employers seeking tech talent, from healthcare to state government, among others.
West Tennessee’s regional innovation center, theCO, is partnering with employers to expand its Code Catalyst Program to adults by training and placing 100 adults into paid internships, apprenticeships, and jobs in 2016, with a focus on re-entry of former criminal offenders in Jackson, Tennessee. By 2020, theCO hopes to expand Code Catalyst to up to 350 individuals trained and placed into jobs with the help of Personnel Placements, Allygn, and the Chamber of Commerce. Employer partners such as Jackson Energy Authority will work with training provider partners to ensure that TechHire graduates have the skills they need to fill and keep an open job.
The City of Kansas City, MO, in partnership with the Full Employment Council and Think Big Partners, will provide accelerated technology training to the chronically unemployed through the "Reboot U” program. So far, 35 individuals have been hired through non-traditional sources and 42 have been given paid internships or apprenticeships. 139 of them have completed training and 44 are still in training. Average salary of paid individuals are $20.05 per hour.
The City of Kansas City, MO, in partnership with the Full Employment Council and Think Big Partners, will provide accelerated technology training to the chronically unemployed through the "Reboot U” program. The University of Central Missouri and Metropolitan Community College have committed to providing customized training to program participants in three technology sectors: healthcare organizations, small businesses, and large end-user IT firms including Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics University of Kansas Medical Center, and Wireco World Group. Partners will leverage a $500,000 grant from Missouri Division of Workforce Development. Partners will provide training opportunities that include a “shark tank” styled initial interview, generalized training in core IT competencies, specific sector training crafted by experts in target industries, and an 8-12 week paid internship or apprenticeship.
Currently in year 2, LA HI-TECH has established close to 20 new classes that are dual enrollment or articulated classes in high schools that are leading to community college pathways. To date, the Bixel Exchange at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce has recruited more than 50 tech companies in the Los Angeles region with LA HI-TECH programming, including but not limited to: classroom visits, guest speaking opportunities, job shadowing, career fairs, company tours, project-based workshops, teacher externships, curricula development, and mentorship.
The Los Angeles High Impact Information Technology, Entertainment-Entrepreneurship, and Communication Hubs (LA HI-TECH) regional consortium makes it possible for 4,000 high school and community college students to acquire the skills needed for education and employment in these sectors, critical to the LA regional economy. Together, they will create a more technically-skilled workforce and strengthen the technology ecosystem in Los Angeles. LA HI-TECH is led by Los Angeles City College, Santa Monica College, and Pasadena Community College, which serves as the fiscal lead, funded from California Career Pathways Trust funds. In total, it includes eight community colleges and 30 high schools local districts and charters multiple agencies, and 100 employers.
Louisville has committed to convene over 20 Louisville companies with IT talent including Glowtouch, Appriss, Humana, Zirmed, and Indatus to launch Code Louisville—a free-to-the individual approach to train and place at least 850 new developers over the next three years. Since the TechHire initiative announcement, 288 individuals have completed a 12-week course with Code Louisville, 72 of the 288 have completed a 14-week course, 9 have completed a Software Guild course. 43 individuals have been hired through Louisville’s programs.
Mayor Fischer has convened over 20 Louisville companies with IT talent including Glowtouch, Appriss, Humana, Zirmed, and Indatus to launch Code Louisville—a free-to-the-individual approach to train and place at least 850 new developers over the next three years. Building on this work in support of TechHire, Louisville is committing to recruit a high-quality coding bootcamp locally, and establish a partnership between Code Louisville and degree-granting institutions. They will also establish a clearinghouse/intermediary for IT talent that will partner with companies employing at least 33 percent of the software developer/IT workforce and work with employers to establish a baseline skillset that a large number of employers agree on.
Local employers in Lynchburg have pledged over 400 paid apprenticeships over the next four years. These apprenticeships will be available to Lynchburg residents between the ages of 17-29 with a barrier to employment, and who is not currently enrolled in secondary or postsecondary education. They will have to complete an accelerated learning program with the employers prior to starting their apprenticeship.
Lynchburg is partnering with SharpTop Co., a local software development company, to develop and pilot a nanodegree program that will give students the practical knowledge necessary to enter a specific industry. The Lynchburg Beacon of Hope, a non-profit community partner, is developing a virtual career center to serve local students and to connect students with career and educational opportunities. Central Virginia Community College, a bridge between employers and the local workforce, is convening regularly with employers for feedback on curricula. The city is partnering with employers including BWXT, Delta Star, TRAX, llc., and NovaTech to revise their recruiting processes to accept more individuals with nanodegrees. Lynchburg has also committed to training 75 people with these nanodegree programs by the end of 2016 and aims to have a total of 15 employer and training provider partners by the end of 2015.
Ten Maine employers are committed to recruiting and hiring candidates, based on their demonstrated technology skills regardless of where they gained them. To that end, Maine designed an accelerated, competency-based “Foundations of IT” bootcamp to assist non-traditional candidates with preparing for paid internships. Since the TechHire initiative announcement, Maine employer partners has offered approximately 140 computing and IT internships across a number of sectors every year. They are also working with many higher education institutions to develop curricula that are in demand, and with K-12 students and educators to expose them to opportunities and careers.
Ten Maine employers — including WEX, IDEXX Laboratories, MaineHealth, Maine Medical Center, and Tyler Technologies — are committing to recruit and hire candidates based on their demonstrated technology skills, regardless of where they gained them. Project>Login, a program within non-profit Educate Maine, will receive over $150,000 in support from corporations and public and private universities and colleges to further their work in getting more Maine citizens into these technology jobs. In addition, over 20 employers — including WEX, IDEXX Laboratories, the State of Maine, the Jackson Laboratory, and Activision Blizzard — have projected they will hire 140 paid interns in 2015, and Project>Login is promoting those paid internships to draw a larger and more diverse group toward these pathways.
Since launch, Tech901, WIN’s TechHire Community Partner, has been instrumental in providing students ages 17-18 with training for Comptia’s A+ certification program. A total of 290 individuals have completed high-quality accelerated training programs.
The Memphis Workforce Investment Network (WIN) will work with training providers and eight Memphis businesses-- including Unistar-Sparco, Tate Systems, and Memphis Light, Gas and Water-- to create a new ReadyWorkIT Internship and Apprenticeship program. It aims to train and place 50-75 underserved students, with IT Support, Software Developer, and IT Security Support accelerated certification classes. Ethos Project will work with employers to assess high quality candidates according to employer needs and program requirements, and will oversee job placement for graduates. Memphis will also launch a marketing effort to increase the number of underrepresented women, veterans, low-income community citizens, and youth age 18-24 entering into IT as a career. The city will also direct students to repurpose WIA & private funding to finance accelerated training.
CareerSource South Florida and LaunchCode are leading Miami’s efforts to train and place 1,190 individuals into tech jobs by the end of 2017 and up to 2,415 individuals by the end of 2020. Miami currently has 140 companies committed to interview qualified candidates that graduate from Miami TechHire’s training partners, including Miami-Dade College, Wyncode, Code Fever Miami, New Horizons, Florida Vocational Institute, the Academy of South Florida and Ironhack. To facilitate the hiring of graduates from programs provided by training partners, CareerSource South Florida and LaunchCode help connect job-seekers with committed companies that have tech job openings, such as HBO Latin America, Office Depot, and Oracle. The Beacon Council, along with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, and e-Merge Americas will lead efforts to ensure that employers’ commitments to the community of Miami are fulfilled.
Employ Milwaukee will lead Milwaukee’s TechHire Initiative to train and place 150 individuals facing significant barriers to employment into tech jobs by 2017, a number that is expected to increase to 600 by 2020. The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee’s Milwaukee TechForce Center—an IT training center in the heart of the city—will provide accelerated training to employer-vetted individuals, to get in-demand skills. Graduates of the TechForce Center will be connected to paid internships, apprenticeships, and full time jobs with support from Employ Milwaukee’s Industry Advisory Boards and employers from the Milwaukee 7, Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, the Water Council, the Center for Healthcare Careers of Southeastern Wisconsin (CHCSeW), the Mid-West Energy and Research Consortium, and IT United of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.
In its pilot year, Minneapolis TechHire, as of February 2016, has 285 trainees completed accelerated programs, with 135 graduates placed in full-time positions, with salaries averaging $48,364. They started with 60 employers and are now up to 150 engaged employers.
The Minneapolis region will expand upon three accelerated tech training programs operating in the region – Prime Digital Academy, IT-Ready, and Concordia University – that will be training a combined 300 individuals this year for entry level software positions. The region’s work also includes commitments from over sixty employers including 3M, Target, Thompson Reuters, Best Buy and Wells Fargo and apprenticeship partners representing thousands of software development, networking, and technical support jobs. They will train and place workers without traditional IT backgrounds in software engineering and support roles. Through partnerships with the City of Minneapolis, the State of Minnesota, the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the local non-profit Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and the Minnesota High Tech Association, the local alliance will increase the accessibility of the programs by making funding available for qualified students who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend.
To promote IT careers, the Nashville Technology Council (NTC) is leading a regional partnership with local economic development agencies, 43 Middle Tennessee employers including Nissan, the Hospital Corporation of America, and Bridgestone Americas, accelerated learning centers, community colleges, four-year universities, and local K-12 school systems. Partnering employers are committing to fund $1.7 million for internships for 291 community college students. The NTC will also aim to conduct an assessment of local technology industry job specifications, hiring practices, and internship programs to better align their curriculum with business needs.
The New Haven TechHire initiative including partners from city government, the Workforce Alliance, the Justice Education Center, CT Department of Labor, Career Resources, New Haven Works and others, will launch a pilot program to train and place more than 100 residents over the next year, including individuals with criminal records. Additionally, they will expand programs that reach youth with criminal records annually to include an IT training component. New Haven is also initiating a new program to train incarcerated people at the Whalley Correctional Institution in tech programming skills.
The City of New Orleans is working with local non-profit organizations, such as Operation Spark, to train 80 youth belonging to underrepresented populations in technology. Graduates will prepare for entry-level coding jobs by summer 2016 through 4- to 12-week bootcamp-style training courses. The program currently includes a coding bootcamp located at the juvenile detention center and a partnership with career accelerator Hack Reactor – a San Francisco-based career accelerator – to train underrepresented youth and adults in higher-level tech skills required for well-paying jobs in software development. New Orleans is working with GE, the Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Living Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies, as well as local employers such as Ochsner Health Systems, Federated Sample, and Geocent, one of the region’s largest IT firms, to help the city develop employment pathways for internships and full-time careers in software development for its residents.
Within the last 12 months, the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline has worked with 150 employer partners to deliver quality talent for NYC businesses and quality jobs for New Yorkers. This includes fulfilling their commitment to prepare over 100 college students within the City University of New York (CUNY) system for, and connect them to, paid internship opportunities at local tech companies through programs like CUNY Tech Prep, TTP Residency @ Queens College, and the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program. They have also and expanded successful models like the NYC Web Development Fellowship Program serving 18-26 year olds without a college degree in partnership with the Flatiron School.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, a $10 million industry partnership designed to deliver quality jobs for New Yorkers and quality talent for NYC businesses. Together with over 100 employers, including Microsoft, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Google, Gilt Group, Facebook, AT&T, Etsy, Kickstarter, Infor, AppNexus, LinkedIn, and JP Morgan, the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline will announce new commitments. These include the most recent to prepare over 100 college students within the City University of New York (CUNY) system for, and connect them to, paid internship opportunities at local tech companies and expand successful models like the NYC Web Development Fellowship Program serving 18-26 year olds without a college degree in partnership with the Flatiron School.
Oakland committed to placing 400 individuals into paid internships or full-time jobs by the end of 2015. In 2016, Oakland will be expanding partnerships with companies located throughout the East Bay to support diversity in hiring, mentorship and other programs.
Oakland is committing to place 400 individuals into paid internships or full-time jobs by the end of 2015 through several accelerated pathways. First, Oakland partner #YesWeCode is providing low-cost access to coding bootcamps, as well as 300 apprenticeships and job commitments from over 200 partners including Square, Lyft, Pinterest , and Twitter over the next five years. In addition, Intel has invested $5 million into the Oakland Unified School District to support engineering and computer science programs that will reach 2,400 high school students. Intel has committed to continue this support for these students through college and on to placements within the company. Companies including Pixar and SAP are also investing in computer science programs in Oakland schools to expand their hiring pipelines and student access to tech jobs.
In May 2015, Philadelphia launched a new partnership with Per Scholas and Creating IT Futures.
Philadelphia employers-- including Comcast, Accenture, Alteva, Aramark, Excelon / PECO, Independence Blue Cross, and Ernst and Young—as well as educators, city officials, not-for-profits and employers have come together to design and build a program – PhIT for the Future – that will train and develop talent in core IT skill areas to provide employers with a talent pool that can close the skills gap in the city. Employers have committed to providing paid internship including on-the-job training and mentorship opportunities to qualified graduates of these programs. Philadelphia will also launch a new partnership with Per Scholas and Creating IT Futures with the first cohort to start in May 2015.
So far, 10 STEM youth programs were piloted during the Learn and Earn Program Summer Youth Employment Program. The STEM pilot programs are beginning to fill in this gap by serving approximately 300 youth between July and September 2015.
Pittsburgh will pilot several accelerated training programs that will provide training to over 500 individuals by the end of 2016. The city also aims to increase the number of people of color in the technology workforce by 200 by the end of 2016. Pittsburgh has already secured funding to financially support trial periods of employment for job seekers with severe barriers to employment. In addition, the 3 Rivers Workforce Investment Board is supporting over 400 youth jobs within STEM fields this summer and is allocating $1 million toward creating IT and technology career pathways for disadvantaged youth. The Pittsburgh region is actively pursuing expansion of computer programming training in all high schools. The Community College of Allegheny County facilitates the access to job opportunities in the growing IT sector by offering stackable micro-credentials.
Since launching Code Oregon in June 2014, over 16,500 Oregon residents have signed up to build coding skills. More than 150,000 badges have been earned and nearly 300 language tracks completed. A Code Oregon Job Fair held in December 2015 attracted 300 talented job seekers vying for positions with nearly 20 local employers.
Portland is working with employers including Square Space, Metal Toad, and Portland General Electric to fill the 2,400 technology job openings in the Portland Metro area. Code Oregon is dedicated to teaching 10,000 Oregonians how to code and find careers in tech, with online classes offered for free through funding from Worksystems and the State of Oregon, and delivered by employer partner, Treehouse. Graduates are connected to local technology opportunities through WorkSource, the region's public workforce development system. In support of TechHire, Portland commits to offer 100 on the job-training opportunities and 50 paid internships. In addition, Portland will partner with JP Morgan Chase to recruit tech mentors to support underserved communities, and providing transferrable college credit to 60 students who complete the accelerated Code Oregon pathway model.
In partnership with NC State University, Wake Technical Community College, and other local training providers, Raleigh is expanding training in programs, from technical maintenance and cyber defense to Java coding. The City is also working with employers to place 50 nontraditionally-trained workers into jobs within the first year, and 350 TechHire graduates into jobs by 2020. Over 20 employer partners have committed to identify and fill critical talent needs as part of the Raleigh initiative. Moreover, Raleigh will create a business incubator with private-sector partners as part of a fully-revamped Business & Technology Center, to diversify leadership, create jobs, and improve access to entrepreneurship programs and non-traditional training programs.
Rhode Island has assembled 18 employers to recruit over 2,000 candidates from fast-track tech-training programs that will be developed and expanded over the next five years. Since launching, the TechForceRI program funded by the Ready-to-Work Grant, Tech Collective has trained and placed 12 dislocated workers in IT jobs.
Rhode Island has assembled 18 employers including CVS, Citizens Bank, Fidelity and Innovex to recruit over 2,000 candidates from fast-track tech training programs that will be developed and expanded over the next five years. The Department of Labor and Training, Commerce RI and Opportunity@Work are working with Tech Collective, a non-profit workforce intermediary, to strengthen Rhode Island's IT workforce pipeline and train individuals, with a focus on low-income community members. Additionally, P-Tech, a $900,000 initiative in collaboration with IBM, enables high school students to earn an associate's degree through a six year program and provides a formal pipeline for internships and full-time employment into the company.
The SmartRiverside TechHire community includes the Riverside County Workforce Development Agency, Riverside Community College District, Vocademy makerspace, and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, committed to connecting 4,000 people to tech jobs over the next five years, including 500 in 2016. Regional employers such as Loma Linda University Medical Center, Garner Holt Productions, ESRI, Riverside Public Utilities, Zodiac Aerospace, Paulson Manufacturing, Xerox, and Bourns, Inc. have committed to hire or provide paid internships for 500 employees from nontraditional, technical pathways in 2016. These nontraditional pathways will be developed by Vocademy, Riverside, Community College District, and other accelerated training partner programs that are preparing to launch in 2016 to meet tech employers’ needs across a wide range of opportunities, such as cybersecurity, data analytics, healthcare IT, web and mobile development, CADCAM, Electronics and Robotics, and CNC Machining.
The City of Rochester estimates that over the next year, 1,000 IT jobs will be created in the Rochester area. TechHire Rochester is in the final stages of planning the launch of the first cohort class. They have formed a partnership that includes Monroe Community College, the Greater Rochester, Chamber of Commerce and the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.
The City of Rochester estimates that over the next year, 1,000 IT jobs will be created in the Rochester area. The city will work the Chief Information Officer to establish commitments from companies to provide at least 50 paid internship opportunities to candidates who have successfully completed the accelerated program at Monroe Community College. These programs are modeled after the successful implementation of the customized advanced manufacturing modules that have an average cohort completion rate of 80 percent and an 80 percent job placement rate.
Salt Lake City has engaged the support of 15 employers in creating career pathways for in-demand IT jobs. So far, nearly 70 students have expressed interest in the developing training and career pathways to be offered by Salt Lake City.
The Salt Lake City municipal government is committed to fostering additional connections between employers with open tech jobs and education providers focused on underserved residents. The Salt Lake City economic development team will support “fast-to-work” training programs that are tailored to specific employers’ needs through a business loan fund, office space support, marketing assistance, and other methods. The city is also partnering with local businesses to create a scholarship fund for qualified residents. And the region is seeing growing participation by nontraditional IT students through programs like a local Code for America brigade, the Open Salt Lake initiative, Girl Develop It, and the Utah Geek Association.
Partners like TechSF and Jewish Vocational Services have trained over 100 individuals through their training programs in programming and digital marketing. TechSF has also trained 58 low-income, unrepresented minority residents in the city through its pop-up coding labs.
Last year, San Francisco placed 50 TechSF participants in tech-related internships and 200 underemployed TechSF participants into full employment – they aim to meet these numbers again in 2015. To integrate training opportunities that bridge institutions and innovative accelerated learning approaches, San Francisco will build out a broader spectrum of training opportunities for diverse job-seekers, including opportunities from community college to accelerated learning opportunities. Specifically, San Francisco recently launched a new entry-level bootcamp with private-sector partner Zendesk and 30 initial participants. They are also launching a new online training program in partnership with Treehouse, another private sector partner, with a target to serve 250 participants in the next year.
The City of Seattle will train and place 350 people in tech jobs in 2016 and up to 2,000 people by 2020, in partnership with local tech employers like Sendachi, EnergySavvy, Skytap, and Substantial, and Moz, as well as community organizations such as Seattle Colleges, LaunchCode, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The City of Seattle will also collect and analyze job data by partnering with LinkedIn and Burning Glass Labor Insights to help partners align training with the skills that employers like Amazon, Boeing, Expedia, and Microsoft are seeking. In addition to training providers like the Galvanize, WTIA Workforce Institute, Code Fellows, and more Seattle’s TechHire initiative will also work to improve diversity and inclusion in the technology sector through training providers like Ada Developers Academy, a software development training for women; Unloop, training for people who have been in prison to succeed in careers in tech; and Floodgate Academy, a developer operations training focused on underrepresented communities.
Since its launch, St. Louis has trained 106 students through its high-quality, accelerated training programs. 90 students have been able to obtain full-time employment after graduating, with an average income of $48,338.
Through South Central Appalachia TechHire, southwest Virginia and western North Carolina will build a regional workforce trained in high-paying tech jobs, like software engineering and cybersecurity. It's truly a collective effort. Madison County, NC will partner with local universities and Tech Talent South to offer accelerated tech training through a new coding bootcamp, TechRamp Madison. The 13-week program will prepare graduates for jobs with regional and global technology employers who have committed to the region, including Digital Information Systems (DISYS), Epsilon, Inc., and Tata-BSS. In southwest Virginia, local employers will develop new cybersecurity courses at UVa-Wise and paid internships in high-demand STEM fields, and local community colleges will offer fast-track training programs for people who want to move from the energy sector into a technology job.
Since its launch, St. Louis has trained 106 students through its high-quality, accelerated training programs. 90 students have been able to obtain full-time employment after graduating, with an average income of $48,338.
A network of over 150 employers in St. Louis’ rapidly expanding innovation ecosystem will build on a successful Mastercard pilot to partner with local non-profit Launchcode, to build the skills of women and underrepresented minorities for tech jobs, and will also place 250 apprentices in jobs in 2015 at employers like Monsanto, CitiBank, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and Anheuser Busch. LaunchCode targets unemployed or underemployed individuals and is working to build and recruit new bootcamps and training facilities.
The Mayor’s Office in Tallahassee is working with TalTech Alliance, a local-nonprofit committed to bringing together business, government, and education, and local tech companies, such as Mainline Information Systems (one of the largest tech employers in North Florida) to foster connections between candidates and tech employers with innovative training. As a result of these connections, Tallahassee aims to place 175 trained individuals into tech jobs in 2016 and over 455 by 2020. Tallahassee TechHire participants can expect to receive training from Tallahassee Community College’s adult vocational programs to meet tech employer demands. Additionally, multiple partners, such as the Alliance of Entrepreneur Resource Organizations are liaising with the Tallahassee’s TechHire initiative to connect graduates to employment opportunities.
Virginia TechHire unites employers, educators, nonprofits and other community leaders around growing the information technology sector—not only for Virginia’s economic competitiveness, but also for income mobility. Virginia will work with the Governor’s Office, Local Workforce Development Boards, technology councils, the Virginia Community College System, Dominion Resources and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to train 1,200 TechHire participants in 2016 for open technology jobs. Federal funds, state support and private donations will be used to expand training and work opportunities for underserved populations. Between the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the regional technology councils, a network of over 25,000 businesses will be connected to Virginia’s TechHire initiative, which will help place 10,600 Virginia TechHire graduates in tech jobs by 2020. Virginia sets the goal of partnering with 20 additional businesses by next year.
In partnership with the Department of Employment Services, the Federal Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, the Department of Human Services, the Office of Returning Citizens Affairs, the University of the District of Columbia Community College and the Workforce Investment Council, DC will engage IT businesses to develop and/or review competency-based curricula and to modify hiring processes for individuals with a criminal record. The HOPE project, alongside DC TechHire, has developed a business-driven strategy to train 200 offenders for in-demand IT jobs and place participants into jobs. Employers committed to provide opportunities to formerly incarcerated individuals include Competitive Innovations, Prism Inc., and Veredus. The DC Chamber of Commerce will also engage additional District-based tech firms to participate as internship and job placement partners.
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