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San Diego Named TechHire City for Successful Workforce Development Programs

City Recognized for Investing In the Technology Workforce of Tomorrow

Thursday, December 21, 2016 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego - The White House yesterday named San Diego a TechHire city for its successful programs that help workers attain jobs in information technology and other growing fields.

“San Diegans should be the first in line for good-paying jobs in our rapidly-growing tech sector and the City is making it easier than ever for people to learn the skills they need to qualify for these rewarding careers,” Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer said. “This recognition will give us the opportunity to expand these efforts to train our local workforce to compete for the high-tech jobs of the future.

Through the TechHire initiative, the City of San Diego, the San Diego Workforce Partnership, and its partners are looking to help more than 1,000 youth and young adults – including 150 veterans – begin their careers in coding and cyber security.

“San Diego’s innovation economy is rapidly creating new software development job opportunities,” said Erik Caldwell, Director of the City’s Economic Development Department. “We are pleased to see the city’s efforts to help all San Diegans access these opportunities gaining national recognition. These efforts underscore Mayor Faulconer’s One San Diego initiative to provide opportunities for all San Diegans.” 

San Diego’s local TechHire initiative has already helped San Diegans along their path to rewarding careers.

Tomoree Randall, a 22-year-old San Diego resident, was working in retail making $10 an hour when he enrolled in a fast-track information technology training program that the City created with local partners through the TechHire initiative. Within months, Randall passed a certification test and landed a full-time job as a software and hardware specialist, nearly doubling his prior salary and providing him with a pathway to future jobs.

The TechHire initiative, launched in March 2015 by President Obama, is a $100 million campaign to expand local tech sectors by building tech talent pipelines in communities across the nation. Since its launch, the TechHire initiative has grown to more than 70 communities with more than 1,500 employer partners.

In TechHire communities, local business and civic leaders commit to create pathways to tech jobs for workers from nontraditional backgrounds, give people the chance to get hired based on their demonstrated ability rather than their written resume and expand accelerated tech learning programs, such as coding bootcamps.

To learn more about the TechHire initiative visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/technology/techhire

TechHire is one of the many workforce development programs the City sponsors. Others include Career Online High School, which allows San Diego residents to earn their high school diplomas; free classes and workshops available at public libraries; and the One San Diego 100 initiative, which aims to recruit 100 local businesses to provide 1,000 San Diego youth with paid internships, mentorship and job shadowing opportunities.

CONTACT: Jen Lebron at (619) 384-5289 or jl[email protected]

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