INDIANAPOLIS – Matthew Etchison, vice president of information technology for Ivy Tech Community College, will participate in today’s Summit at the White House to celebrate TechHire, a campaign by President Obama to expand local tech sectors by building tech talent pipelines in communities across the country.
The White House will bring together more than 100 talented technologists, innovators and community leaders to celebrate the success of TechHire to date, share best practices from some of the TechHire cities, and discuss the industry Tech Inclusion Pledge and recently published grid of best practices to achieve results. The group will also plan for the future of TechHire including the 2017 TechHire + TechUp roadshow.
Ivy Tech was awarded a $2.6 million grant for its Ivy Tech Hires program, which will give training and internships to 330 disadvantaged youth and young adults in order to introduce them to the IT and advanced manufacturing sectors. The 16-week Ivy Tech Hires program includes soft skills job readiness boot campus and accelerated training, which can lead participants to employment or advancement in IT or advanced manufacturing jobs.
Indianapolis will begin its first program, Comptia A+, in February 2017 with 16 students, with Valparaiso, South Bend, Evansville and Fort Wayne starting cohorts running throughout the first half of the year. Four regions will host NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance programs in fall 2017.
For updates on the TechHire event, participate in the hashtag #TechHire, and follow Twitter handles @WhiteHouse, @WhiteHouseOSTP, @TechHire, and @IvyTechCC.