Obama launches new national tech-ed initiative

Obama calls for effort to boost high-tech training, hiring, in initiative called TechHire.

techhire-obama-initiativePlacing an emphasis on online education, community colleges, and tech education–like coding boot camps–President Obama today announced his “TechHire” initiative at a gathering of the National League of Cities.

Targeting stagnant wages in an otherwise improving economy, the President on Monday called on employers, educational institutions and local governments to develop a home grown high technology workforce that could help drive up higher-income employment.

The effort aims to attack a stubborn downside of the current economic recovery and fill a gaping demand for high-tech workers in the U.S.

“We’ve got to keep positioning ourselves for a constantly changing global economy,” Obama said in during his announcement. “If we’re not producing enough tech workers, over time that’s going to threaten our leadership in global innovation, which is the bread and butter of the 21st century economy.”

Obama has obtained commitments from more than 300 employers as well as local governments in 21 regions of the country to train and hire low-skilled workers for jobs in software development, network administration and cybersecurity.

(Next page: What the program entails; funding)