The White House is extending an invitation to community colleges to apply for President Obama’s TechHire initiative, designed to provide rapid training for high-paying tech jobs in in-demand industries. Today, 50 communities, including many with community college partners, are working with more than 600 companies. The president wants to increase the number of communities involved in connecting graduates to tech jobs.
Community colleges are being encouraged to apply, particularly those outside of large metropolitan areas that have efficient short-term training programs. The first step is to complete a form available here by July 15, 2016, to be considered. To be a TechHire Community requires partners coming together in your region, whatever that may be (city, county, state), to develop an action plan for training more people from your community into tech jobs.
Here is a list of community college TechHire partners in the first three waves of the initiative:
- Pasadena Community College, Los Angeles, CA
- Peralta Community College District, Oakland, CA
- City Colleges of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
- Foothill College, San Jose, CA
- University of DC Community College, Washington, DC
- Miami Dade College, Miami, FL
- Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL
- Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Eastern KY (54 counties)
- Southern Maine Community College, ME
- Mott Community College, Flint, MI
- Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC
- Central Community College, Buffalo County and City of Kearney, NE
- CUNY, New York, NY
- Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY
- Mount Hood Community College, Portland, OR
- Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
- Chattanooga State and Technical Community College, Chattanooga, TN
- Nashville State Community College, Nashville, TN
- Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA
- Virginia Community College System, VA
Selected communities, along with the White House TechHire designation, will have access to companies such as LinkedIn and Burning Glass that help them identify available tech jobs. They will also work with other TechHire communities and gain access to private-sector tools and resources to support and scale continued innovative technology training. There will be an overall focus on reaching underserved populations.
If you have any questions about the initiative, you can contact Karen Scott of the National Economic Council at the White House directly at 202-456-3753 or via e-mail.
For more information, contact Jolanta (J.J.) Juszkiewicz at 202-416-4502.