Thursday, October 25, 2012

San Francisco to train 2,500 for tech jobs

San Francisco Business Times by Patrick Hoge, Reporter
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 3:45pm PDT

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee launched a federally funded program to train and place 2,500 residents of diverse ages and backgrounds in jobs in the city's burgeoning tech sector over the next five years.

The TechSF, which will use $8 million in workforce training grants from the U.S. Department of Labor, is a partnership with San Francisco Citizens for Innovation & Technology (SF.CITI), a new coalition of more than 330 of the city's high tech companies, as well as with local community colleges and educational institutions, workforce training nonprofit organizations.

SF.CITI Chairman Ron Conway said that Jawbone, a maker of wireless consumer devices like headphones and speakers, will be taking a leadership role in the effort.

The first class of the TechSF Academy has 80 students taking courses in mobile app development, networking, multimedia design and tech support. Training partners include the Bay Area Video Coalition, Bayview Hunter’s Point Center for Arts & Technology, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and Year Up Bay Area.

SF.CITI members, which collectively employ 20,000 people, has been gathering data to understand the hiring needs of its member companies to help local educational institutions train local residents to fill those jobs.

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