Work by the city of Indianapolis to boost training and access to jobs in the tech sector has been officially recognized by the White House. The city has earned the TechHire distinction, which is part of President Obama’s initiative to equip Americans with the necessary skills to fill high-demand tech jobs.
EmployIndy, Marion County’s work force development board, says the distinction is the result of "continuing innovative solutions to create efficient pathways" to jobs in the tech industry. The board credited partnerships with area companies including TechPoint and Eleven Fifty Academy for helping the city earn the distinction.
"I applaud the work being done in Indianapolis to create opportunities and fill the high demand jobs that are available in our community," said Mayor Joe Hogsett. "This distinction proves that people from all backgrounds can find high quality opportunities in the tech industry, right here in Indianapolis. Our city continues to grow and thrive and this announcement is further validation of the positive steps we are taking to become a force in the global tech and IT industries."
President Obama launched the TechHire Initiative in March 2015 to narrow the skills gap in the tech industry through universities and community colleges, as well as nontraditional approaches, such as those offered by TechPoint and Eleven Fifty Academy. Indianapolis was one of 15 regions that earned the distinction in the latest announcement, bringing the total number of TechHire regions throughout the country to 50.
"It’s no secret that tech is booming in Central Indiana," said Chelsea Meldrum, vice president of development for EmployIndy. "This exciting distinction is validation to the great work and partnerships formed to advance opportunities for our residents to earn high wage, high demand opportunities in the industry. It’s not a one-size-fits all solution and EmployIndy is committed to providing access to the tech talent highway so that anyone, regardless of background, can pursue these careers."
EmployIndy says the Indianapolis region is projected to add over 50,000 new tech jobs by 2025 but current education avenues only produce half of the credentials and degrees needed to fill those jobs.
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