At plenary for #NLCDC. Prez Obama will be addressing us soon - proud to be part of the partnership cohort w WH for tech jobs— Betsy Hodges (@MayorHodges) March 9, 2015
Minneapolis is one of 20 communities that have pledged to join a new White House campaign to get more people hired in high-tech jobs.
Mayor Betsy Hodges was scheduled to join President Obama Monday morning as he announced his TechHire initiative at the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. The program aims to boost potential employees tech skills through training at colleges, universities and online institutions along with coding bootcamps that provide more intensive instruction.
The White House says more than 500,000 of the 5 million jobs open in the U.S. are in information technology industries, ranging from software development to cyber security. It plans to launch a $100 million competitive grant program for "innovative" strategies that provide workers with training and employment.
Much of the initiative, however, will be led by communities. Each city that has joined the program has provided a plan that outlines which companies or institutions it will link with to provide more training opportunities.
Minneapolis says it will work with three partners: Prime Digital Academy, an offshoot of The Nerdery, which provides an 18-week accelerated training program; Concordia University Bootcamp, a 12-week software development training that will provide eligible students with financial aid; and IT-Ready, an eight-week classroom training program operated by the Creating IT Futures Foundation.