By Ione Villegas, Innovation Coast Staff Writer
The White House announced today that it has selected Pensacola to join the TechHire Community Initiative, a program that builds tech talent pipelines in communities across the country to prepare workers with the technical skills they need to succeed in today’s economy.
Innovation Coast will collaborate with Pensacola State College (PSC) and community workforce partners, Global Business Solutions, Technical Software Services, Gulf Power Company, AppRiver, and the Institute of Human & Machine Cognition, to train and place 200 technology workers by 2020.
With a focus on veterans, minorities, and economically disadvantaged individuals in the Pensacola area, students can gain skills across IT fields, including cybersecurity, coding and networking. In addition to training, this initiative includes opportunities to make connections with potential employers and reduce unemployment. Pensacola is one of 70 communities – four of which are now in Florida – currently involved in the initiative.
PSC President Edward Meadows said advanced technology programs are a stronghold of the college.
“We at Pensacola State are proud of our many technology programs that prepare students for exciting, productive careers,” Meadows said. “We look forward to working with these business and industry partners to provide a highly skilled and educated workforce for Northwest Florida.”
Jim McClellan, chairman of the Innovation Coast board of directors and director of marketing and communications for AppRiver, said he’s thrilled that Pensacola has been chosen to join the TechHire Community Initiative.
“The TechHire Initiative mirrors that of Innovation Coast’s mission, which is to create and sustain successful partnerships that strengthen our technology workforce and grow the area’s economy,” McClellan said. “This new partnership will continue to expand our reach.”
Now in its second year, the Innovation Awards is another way Innovation Coast demonstrates its commitment to Northwest Florida’s burgeoning innovation ecosystem. Companies that provide technology and knowledge-based services can compete for $250,000 in cash, and consulting and technical services, making it Florida’s most lucrative business competition contest. Registration deadline is fast approaching on Jan. 31.
For more information on the Innovation Awards, go to awards.innovationcoast.com.