Resource Data is pleased to see the Municipality of Anchorage join Portland, Oregon and Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well over 50 other National communities participating in the White House TechHire initiative. This campaign seeks to expand local tech sectors by connecting job openings to non-traditional technical training programs. Some of these programs are run independently, while others are part of a local community college or university. With a focus on reaching under-served populations, these programs provide opportunities to learn coding skills in a matter of months, not years, and then TechHire helps connect participants to employers with IT openings.
"When these tech jobs go unfilled, it’s a missed opportunity for the workers, but it’s also a missed opportunity for your city, your community, your county, your state, and our nation"
- President Barack Obama, National League of Cities Annual Conference March 9th, 2015
For more information on this initiative, the innovative technical trainings, and other TechHire activities happening across the US check out the White House’s official TechHire page.
To learn how you can get involved, as a job seeker, employer, or community, you can find additional resources at TechHire.org.
Read the press release below regarding the Municipality of Anchorage's commitment to the initiative.
ANCHORAGE - Today, the Municipality of Anchorage joined the White House TechHire initiative in an effort to recruit and train local tech talent. The initiative is a multi-sector approach to sharpen the tech skills of Anchorage residents while filling the tech needs of local employers. The Municipality of Anchorage and its partners, including the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Code for Anchorage have set a goal to place 600 individuals in tech jobs by 2020.
“In order to compete and prosper in the knowledge based economy, we need to make sure our workforce has the skills needed to further diversify our local economy,” said Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.
The Mayor’s office will work with the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage Community Land Trust, Code for Anchorage, Future Coders of Alaska, Lynda.com, and Coursera to help train Anchorage residents for employment in tech fields. Once trainings such as coding boot camps are held, program graduates will fill the needs of public, private and non-profit employers.
“Forty percent of tech jobs don’t require a four-year degree, and we want to explore alternative training opportunities that can help job seekers, training programs and employers grow and employ our Anchorage workforce,” stated Brendan Babb, Anchorage Chief Innovation Officer.