A new initiative launched by the president's administration builds partnerships and provides funding to bridge the gap between the middle class and high-paying tech jobs.
The Obama administration announced on March 9 a new initiative, called TechHire, designed to provide Americans with means to achieve “high-paying” technology jobs. TechHire makes available $100 million in grants, while working with community partners in 21 regions to bridge the gap between the average citizen and high-tech workplace.
Partner communities include Louisville, Ky.; New York City; Philadelphia; Delaware; city of Kearney and Buffalo County, Neb.; the state of Colorado; St. Louis, Mo.; Salt Lake City; San Antonio, Texas; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Kansas City, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; rural eastern Kentucky; Nashville, Tenn.; Rochester, N.Y.; Detroit; San Francisco; Albuquerque, N.M.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Portland. Being a partner community, according to the initiative fact sheet, means three things.
Through the Department of Labor, $100 million will become available to support additional innovative approaches to connecting skilled workers with employment.
“This grant will serve people with barriers to accessing training including people with childcare responsibilities, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, and disconnected youth, among others. It will serve both unemployed and low skilled front line workers,” the initiative fact sheet reads.