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Government's TechHire Program Grants Help Increase Tech Jobs Among Women

Last year, the White House unveiled a new grant program designed to train underrepresented people for information technology jobs. That includes women and people of color. The program will award $100 million in grants to communities throughout the nation to train people to get tech jobs.

The tech industry is growing fast, but it lacks sufficient numbers of women and people of color. Minneapolis was chosen as one of the first cities to participate in the new White House initiative. The program trains people to become full software developers, computer programmers, quality assistant engineers, service desk analysts and user support specialists within a short period of time.

Who is eligible?

Eligible candidates for the program include women and people of color who are residents of Minneapolis and live on less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The TechHire program in Minneapolis has proven very successful in training 320 people, most of whom have been able to get full-time tech jobs throughout the Twin Cities area.

Good pay

Tech salaries for TechHire graduates are estimated to be between $50,000 and $60,000 for an entry level job seeker with software developer skills, according to information from the city of Minneapolis. City officials are already wanting to expand the program throughout the seven-county metro area in order to provide more tech skills to another 500 people.

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