Washington D.C. & Denver CO - Monday, March 9th, 2015 - Representative Dan Pabon (DCO), in partnership with The White House, Colorado private industry leaders, and Colorado state agencies announced today that Colorado is one of twenty pilot regions across the country to launch TechHire. This bold public-private initiative, set forth by President Obama, aims to identify, connect and train individuals seeking to learn new technology skills, particularly computer programming. This training would come through universities and community colleges as well as nontraditional approaches like “coding boot camps,” and high-quality online courses that can rapidly train workers for a good-paying job, often in just a few months.
TechHire aligns Representative Pabon’s vision for a skilled and qualified workforce in Colorado with President Obama’s national economic agenda. “We have to think big and think differently about training the workforce of the 21st century. TechHire is a challenge to bring public and private leaders together to train skilled workers into high demand jobs,” Representative Pabon said. America has over half a million job openings in fields like software development, network administration, and cybersecurity, many of which did not even exist just a decade ago. This program supports opportunities that prepare people for these technology jobs.
Partners in TechHire include the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE). “We are thrilled that TechHire has chosen Colorado as one of their pilot regions, and know it will provide a great path for Coloradans to access high-demand jobs quickly, meet critical needs for our businesses, and help strengthen our economy,” said Fiona Arnold, Executive Director of OEDIT.
Working closely with training programs like SeedPaths, a coding and app school, and Swiftpage, a Colorado-based industry leader in business solutions, TechHire will help create a pipeline for success from skills development into internships, apprenticeships, and job placement in great paying careers.
"At Swiftpage, our focus has been getting the next generation of the workforce interested in and excited about careers in technology. Initiatives like TechHire will allow us to take that a step further. It's never too early or too late to develop the skills needed for these high tech jobs” said CEO John Oechsle. Swiftpage has sponsored after school programs and worked with high schools to train students from a young age. Likewise, in its first four boot camps in 2014, over 80 percent of SeedPaths graduates found a job within 90 days of graduating, and enjoyed an average of a 240% increase in pay over their previous jobs. “I am incredibly excited that our team has been able to build a game-changing company that helps people of all ages and backgrounds find tremendous success in the IT industry,” said Jeff Macco, CEO of SeedPaths. Along with this office, the Colorado Technology Association, and its network of 600+ employers, SeedPaths will work to expand hiring and apprenticeships.
About Dan Pabon:
Representative Dan Pabon represents Northwest Denver and has served in the Colorado Legislature since 2011. He has been a leader in workforce development and innovation during his time in the Capitol.
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