With allies and partners, the United States should develop priority global initiatives that employ transformative QIS. To ensure that the United States and its allies remain the world leaders in S&T, the federal government, working with industry and stakeholders, should establish a set of prioritized strategic S&T objectives and align those objectives with specific timeframes. Additionally, the United States should establish a technology partnership among like-minded and democratic countries to coordinate actions around those objectives.
Birmingham is also aiming to secure partnerships with 50 employers and training providers by the end of 2015. Last year, many channel firms worried that the negative news about the broader technology industry would result in “techlash” that could have a downstream effect on their businesses in terms of regulation and the stifling of innovation. Seven in 10 channel firms said backlash against the tech industry was becoming more of an issue.
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. 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 , 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. Galvanize, an education company focused on data science, web development and entrepreneurship, and IBM are expanding their partnership to support women in data science and data engineering. IBM will provide support to female participants in Galvanize programs including tuition assistance, mentorship, internships and employment opportunities.
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.
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. The Flatiron School, which trains people for jobs as software engineers and has over 99% job placement, is committing to provide technical assistance to local governments interested in increasing access to technical training to underrepresented groups in technology. In partnership with the City of New York, Flatiron School runs the NYC Web Development Fellowship, which trains year olds without college degrees, and places them in roles averaging over $70,000 average salaries. Flatiron will work with partners to share expertise relating to program and curriculum design, student and instructor selection, and employer partnerships to increase access to training and ensure successful job placement amongst diverse communities. In communities adopting TechHire strategies, Cisco will provide select individuals interested in career opportunities in IT with access to a Cisco Learning Network Premium online subscription. This subscription will include IT networking skills training from the industry-leading Cisco CCENT®, CCNA®, and CCNP® certification content library, which consists of hundreds of assets organized by certification, technology, and learning modality.
The State of Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity will leverage a “No Wrong Door” approach to recruit disconnected youth and nontraditional candidates into tech training and jobs across industries from aerospace & defense to financial services. The Arizona Tech Council, Arizona’s premier trade association for science and tech companies, will help leverage the resources of the tech community to focus on expanding tech talent, along with the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations. In partnership with the University of Arizona and other local training providers, TechHire Arizona aims to train and place over 100 individuals across southern Arizona and Maricopa County over the next year, which is slated to increase to well over 500 individuals across Arizona by 2020. 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 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.