Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announced today that Minneapolis is one of the first regions to participate in the newly launched TechHire initiative from the White House.
The president’s TechHire plan will create public-private partnerships to prepare workers for technology jobs.
According to the White House:
TechHire is a bold multi-sector effort and call to action to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges but also nontraditional approaches like “coding bootcamps,” and high-quality online courses that can rapidly train workers for a well-paying job, often in just a few months. Employers across the United States are in critical need of talent with these skills. Many of these programs do not require a four-year degree.
Hodges said the Minneapolis region has set up three of these “high-quality accelerated training programs” to bring “Minnesota residents from non-traditional backgrounds into the growing IT industry.”
As part of the TechHire initiative, the three programs will expand their programs this year to train 300 people for entry-level software positions, the city said.
Said Hodges: “A primary objective of this effort is to diversify the pool of candidates to fill available tech jobs by training more women and underrepresented groups. Our partnerships will continue to increase accessibility of the programs by making funding available for qualified students who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend.”
These are the three programs Hodges is talking about:
- Prime Digital Academy, created by the leading interactive production shop and employer The Nerdery, is an 18-week accelerated learning program that teaches foundational software engineering skills. Prime is partnering with the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota High Tech Association to increase the accessibility of the program by making funding available for qualifying students who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend.
- Concordia University Bootcamp launched in 2014 to train students in software development. This bootcamp was the first IT coding bootcamp in the country offered by an accredited university that carries college credit. Concordia is partnering with The Learning House, a Kentucky-based educational services company, to create the Bootcamp. Students attend class all day, every day for 12 weeks to prepare for positions as junior developers in local businesses. The goal of the program is to place graduates in full-time positions within 90 days of graduation.
- IT-Ready, a program of the Creating IT Futures Foundation, operating in Minneapolis since 2012, is the foundation’s central effort to move unemployed or underemployed individuals with little to no IT experience into lasting careers in the IT industry. IT-Ready provides an eight-week, classroom-based training for a cohort of up to 25 students to develop both their technical and soft skills necessary to thrive in IT occupations.