Goodwill Columbus Awarded $1.03 Million TechHire Grant By U.S. Department of Labor

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The White House announced this week that Goodwill Columbus will share in a $4 million U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) TechHire grant awarded to Goodwill Industries International (GII). The $1.03 million awarded to Goodwill Columbus will provide computer programmer and support specialist training to more than 200 at-risk and disadvantaged Central Ohioans who want to enter the Information Technology field. Goodwills in Austin, Texas, and Roanoke, Virginia, were also awarded TechHire grants and together the three states will serve 702 individuals.

The awards are part of Obama Administration’s efforts to get more Americans trained for well-paying technology jobs to fill local IT employment gaps.

“We’re gratified that the U.S. Department of Labor supports our vision for a local technology training program where we can move young adults into competitive twenty-first century, living wage jobs,” said Goodwill Columbus President and CEO Margie Pizzuti. “This grant is also an inspiring testimonial to Central Ohio’s recognition nationally as one of the most tech-savvy areas in the country, and decidedly capable of supporting a program of this nature. Working with our community partners, this Department of Labor grant gives us the opportunity to transform the lives of individuals with disabilities and other barriers in an original and forward-thinking way.”   

Goodwill’s TechHire partners include Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Creating IT Futures Foundation, MedCerts and the Workforce Development Board/Ohio Means Jobs. Through these partners, Goodwill Columbus will offer a variety of support systems and technology certifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and Microsoft Technology Associate through classes ranging in length from eight weeks to six months.

A paid internship of at least two weeks will also be included in the program, which will target individuals from age17 to 29 in groups under-represented in the technology field, such as women, African-Americans, Latinos and veterans.

"Our local employer partners have identified these certifications as an educational requirement for those wishing to enter the field of IT,” said Goodwill Vice President of Workforce Development Jennifer Marshall. “Previously, these certifications were largely unattainable to our target constituents due to the high cost of attending private certification classes. The TechHire grant will enable hundreds of young people in Central Ohio to follow their dreams to work in IT and be the catalyst a tremendously positive impact on their career trajectory.”

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Office of the Press Secretary 

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016


FACT SHEET: Expanding the Tech Economies of Communities across the Country


Obama Administration announces winners of $150 million in TechHire Partnership grants, including $126 million for at-risk and disadvantaged young Americans 


Today, Vice President Biden and Department of Labor Secretary Perez announced the release of $150 million in Department of Labor grants for 39 partnerships across the country. With these funds, awardees will launch innovative training and placement models to develop tech talent, as a way to keep and create jobs in local economies. In addition to federal funding, grantees are leveraging nearly $50 million in philanthropic, private and other funding to contribute to their own local partnerships.


A Large and Growing Opportunity for Local Economies


Having a pipeline of tech talent can be an important factor in bringing new jobs to local economies, facilitating business growth, and lifting more local residents into the middle class. These grants will enable more communities to expand their own local tech sectors.


·         Tech jobs are a pathway to the middle class. Tech jobs pay one and a half times the average wage of a private-sector job. Studies have shown that these opportunities are also accessible to those without college degrees-- men and women with non-degree certificates in computer or information services earned more than 65 percent of men and women, respectively, with more traditional Associate degrees.[1]


·         There is a large and growing unmet demand for tech workers. Today, there are over 600,000 open IT jobs across all sectors—more than two-thirds in fields outside the tech sector, such as manufacturing, financial services and healthcare. Across the country, employers are struggling to find skilled talent for these positions. A study from CEB found that in 10 major metropolitan areas (including New York, Atlanta, Seattle, and Houston), there are only five skilled job seekers available for every eight open IT jobs. Compared to 2010, it now takes employers five additional weeks to fill the average vacancy—at a cost to employers of $8.6 million per 1,000 vacancies.


·         New innovations in training and hiring can help meet the tech job demand. Nearly 40 percent of tech jobs do not require a four-year degree. In recent years, there has been a proliferation of fast-track tech training programs like “coding bootcamps” that prepare people with little technical know-how for tech jobs, often in just a few months. A recent survey from Course Report found that bootcamp graduates saw salary gains of 38 percent (or about $18,000) after completing their programs. At the same time, employers in cities like Albuquerque have been adopting new “skills-based” hiring approaches that enable job seekers to demonstrate their skills to get hired even if they lack traditional qualifications like computer science degrees.


·         Tech talent can be an important driver of local economic development. Companies report that one of the main factors in deciding where to locate is the availability of skilled talent. Moreover, research from economist Enrico Moretti shows that for each job in the average high-tech firm, five new jobs are indirectly created in local economies.


In response to this opportunity, in March 2015, President Obama launched TechHire, a bold multi-sector effort and call to action for cities, states, and rural areas to work with employers to design and implement new approaches like coding bootcamps to train workers for well-paying tech jobs often in just a few months.


Since then, 50 communities with nearly 1,000 employer partners have begun working together to find new ways to recruit and place applicants based on their skills and to create more fast-track tech training opportunities. These range from programs in New York City that connect low-income young people to tech training and internships to a program in rural Eastern Kentucky that teaches former coalminers to code.


The federal government is doing its part to support communities in this work with a specific focus on making sure that access to these innovations is widely shared, supporting best practice sharing amongst communities, and encouraging engagement of the key stakeholders that fuel a TechHire community -- including employers, innovative training providers and local workforce development leadership. As stakeholders help engage more employers and connect more local communities to these opportunities, the TechHire network will continue to grow.


More details on today’s announcements

Today, the Department of Labor is awarding 39 grants—totaling $150 million—for programs in 25 states and Washington, DC to support innovative ways to get workers on the fastest paths to well-paying information technology and high-growth jobs in in-demand sectors like healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and financial services. Of these grants, $126 million will specifically target strategies designed to best support young Americans, ages 17 to 29.


All of the partnerships funded today engage in the following practices:


1)      Expand access to accelerated learning options that provide a quick path to good jobs, such as “bootcamp”-style programs, online options, and competency-based programs.

2)      Use data and innovative hiring practices to expand openness to non-traditional hiring by working with employers to build robust data on where they have the greatest needs, identify what skills they are looking for, and build willingness to hire from both nontraditional and traditional training programs.

3)      Offer specialized training strategies, supportive services, and other participant-focused services that assist targeted populations to overcome barriers, including networking and job search, active job development, transportation, mentoring, and financial counseling.

4)      Emphasize inclusion by leveraging the high demand for tech jobs and new training and hiring approaches to improve access to tech jobs for all citizens, including out-of-school and out-of-work young Americans, people with disabilities, people learning English as a second language, and people with criminal records.