President Obama Announces TechHire Initiative to Boost High-Tech Training and Employment
On March 9, President Barack Obama announced the launch of the TechHire initiative, a multi-sector effort to help workers gain the skills needed for and connect with the increasing number of well-paying technology jobs in the United States. The initiative aims both to spur higher-income employment and to help meet the fast-growing demand for high-tech workers across the country.
Key elements of the initiative include:
The TechHire initiative builds on work communities have already started to connect workers to technology jobs. In Appalachian Kentucky, the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program is leading regional efforts to bring together educational groups, nonprofits, and employers to develop strategies to make accelerated IT training and jobs available. Partners in the effort include the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, Bit Source, the Rural UP! Code Academy, and the Center for Rural Development. In Chattanooga, an employer IT task force will determine the skills needed by the region's employers, and training partners such as Chattanooga State Technical Community College, A.I.R. Labs, the Public Education Foundation, and TN Code Academy/Girls Who Code will establish goals for recruiting and training diverse and nontraditional candidates to fill tech positions. To help support and extend Chattanooga's TechHire efforts to benefit rural counties in the region, the Southeast Tennessee Development District will provide IT training and apprenticeship opportunities.