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Obama expands STEM education and training efforts

Kenneth Corbin | March 14, 2016
The government’s TechHire initiative gets major push to train and hire highly skilled tech workers.

That means shaking off the mold of only looking for applicants with the "check-the-box credential of a four-year degree in computer science," and instead considering non-traditional candidates who nonetheless have the skills to hit the ground running.

At present, Raimondo says that 35 companies in her state have committed to reviewing their hiring practices in accordance with the TechHire program, part of an acknowledgement that they need workers with strong technology skills, regardless of their level of formal education.

"We all know that an area of growing opportunity and high-wage jobs is in IT and computer-related jobs," Raimondo says. "I often say, people need skills that matter so they can get jobs that pay. The jobs that pay these days are increasingly in the IT and technology sector, and increasingly the skills that matter are computer skills."

 

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