AUSTIN (KXAN) — In being designated a “TechHire” Community by the White House, Austin joins a number of other cities in offering an accelerated training program aimed at veterans and low-income residents.
Microsoft, Google and IBM will provide paid internships for 200 graduates of the program at Austin Community College and Texas State University.
Just days before President Obama’s trip to Austin to speak at SXSW, the White House announced Wednesday that Austin received the special designation, with the hope of developing the city’s homegrown information technology workforce.
Mayor Steve Adler said the designation reflects the real progress the city is making, “The TechHire initiative will help us create the best, most effective job training ecosystem in the country,” he said. “Austin is good at creating jobs. This will make us better at getting our own people ready to take those jobs.”
Austin received the designation because the three major companies are going to work with the graduates to help them either get the paid internships or similar offerings once they complete their programs.
Austin fulfilled the three requirements of the TechHire initiative: 1. using data and innovative hiring practices to expand openness to non-traditional hiring, 2. expanding accelerated tech training programs, and 3. getting local leadership to connect people to jobs with hiring on-ramp programs, such as paid internships with training components.
“We are the most economically segregated metropolitan area, and we have to do big things to address our affordability crisis,” said Mayor Adler. “Workforce development in the tech sector is a big way we can transform Austin into a great city by focusing on the flip side of affordability, and that’s helping people make more money.”
For more information on TechHire communities, visit the White House website.