WASHINGTON, DC (December 1st, 2016)– The National TechHire Initiative just announced 20 TechHire communities will be joining the movement to create pathways for more Americans to access well-paying tech jobs and expanding local tech sectors across the country. This brings the TechHire national network of 71 communities in receiving support to spearhead efforts to help overlooked and underrepresented Americans start technology careers.
“We are thrilled to welcome these 20 new communities to TechHire,” said Tess Posner, Managing Director of TechHire at Opportunity@Work, “These communities have demonstrated a true commitment to igniting local economic growth and increase tech opportunities for their residents, and we look forward to working closely with them to help implement, grow, and amplify their efforts.”
The 20 new communities who will be joining the National TechHire Initiative include:
TechHire was launched out of the White House in 2015 to build inclusive tech talent pipelines in 21 pilot communities. Since then, TechHire has grown to a network of over 400 partners and 1300 employers, in 71 cities, states and rural areas who have placed over 4000 people in jobs. Each TechHire community is led by one local organization, who works together with a network of partners to expand training, support and access for job seekers, and then connects them to a network of employers looking for tech talent.
Each TechHire community goes through an intensive and competitive application process to demonstrate their level of commitment and readiness in expanding the technology sector. This TechHire designation shows that these twenty communities have the partners, employers, training providers, and the civil leadership support needed to implement and scale tech job opportunities for everyone.
To read more about TechHire or join the movement, please visit TechHire.org and check out the White House Fact Sheet here for the summary of new communities.
TechHire, an initiative powered by Opportunity@Work, is a nationwide, community-based movement that helps underrepresented job seekers start careers in the technology industry. TechHire partners with education providers from across the tech community to teach in-demand skills to people who want to take part in the modern economy—from overlooked youth, to veterans, to the long-term unemployed; and helps them find jobs by connecting them to a network of employers looking for tech talent. To learn more, visit www.techhire.org.
Opportunity@Work is a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to expand access to career opportunities so that all Americans can work, learn, and earn to their full potential in a dynamic economy. By 2025, Opportunity@Work will empower over 1 million Americans, creating $20 billion+ per year of additional earnings for Americans across the country. Opportunity@Work expands access to career opportunities for all by building partnerships with employers, community organizations, civic leadership and job seekers to transform hiring practices, expand learning pathways, and pioneer talent financing. To learn more, visit opportunityatwork.org.
Tari Linda Lau, Communications Associate
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