The White House Announces Goodwill Central Texas a Winner of TechHire Partnership Grant
For Immediate Release:
June 28, 2016
Valerie Swift, Senior Director, Community Engagement, Goodwill Central Texas, 512.574.4242
AUSTIN, Texas – June 28, 2016 – Goodwill Central Texas (GCT) was awarded $1,084,693.78 in grant funds for the Careers in Technology (CiT) Program, the White House announced yesterday. GCT was one of three Goodwill organizations to receive TechHire grant funding. Goodwill Industries of Columbus, OH, and Roanoke, VA were also awarded equal amounts.
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.
Leveraging its national presence in current TechHire communities and beyond, the Goodwill Careers in Technology (CiT) program will serve over 700 young adults, unemployed and dislocated workers in the cities of Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; and Roanoke, VA and surrounding counties. Austin Goodwill will serve at least 234 youth, young adults and other career seekers according to the approved Goodwill Careers in Technology model.
The program aims to prepare participants for career pathways in two high-growth IT occupations: Computer User Support Specialist and Computer Programmer. With training partners like Creating IT Futures Foundation and the online training provider MedCerts, as well as local workforce investment boards, CiT will award different certifications to individuals necessary to succeed in the IT industry. The program aims to specifically recruit underrepresented groups in the technology field, including women, African-Americans and Latinos. About 20 employers will collaborate with CiT by providing mock interviews; job shadowing and mentoring opportunities; Registered Apprenticeship, on-the-job training; coding training; and interviews for hire after program completion.
Tech jobs are a pathway to the middle class, and 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.
“There is a large and growing unmet demand for tech workers in our area,” said Gerald Davis, President and CEO of Goodwill Central Texas. “This grant will help us have a significant impact on the local workforce and affect generations of families in Central Texas.”
For more information about other grant winners, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/27/fact-sheet-expanding-tech-economies-communities-across-country
For more information about TechHire, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/technology/techhire
About Goodwill Central Texas:
Goodwill Central Texas is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to generating lifelong connections to work. Revenue generated through the sale of donated goods is used to fund education opportunities, career-readiness training, and placement services for Central Texans. For more information about Goodwill Central Texas, go to www.goodwillcentraltexas.org.
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