We are incredibly proud to partner with the President and the White House for this landmark initiative to bolster our economy by filling technology jobs with trained, prepared individuals.

Ever heard of the TechHire initiative? You should, because it’s a sweet program launched by President Obama designed to train and place applicants within the vast reservoir of IT jobs in America. Why is that important? Because we need competent individuals involved with things like network administration, coding, project management, data analytics, and UX/UI design. Of the five million open jobs in America right now, IT jobs comprise roughly 12% of the openings, making it the largest occupational category for jobs right now — stop asking questions and trust me when I say TechHire is a good thing.

Ever heard of Pluralsight? You should, because I’ve written roughly 22 articles about them and the impact they are having on Utah’s startup community and the world of online learning. They’ve raised tons of money, acquired tons of companies, and are now concentrating on giving back to the tech community. As part of the TechHire initiative, Pluralsight is offering 50 different technology courses and assessments for free to program participants. The program will encompass 21 different TechHire regions, with Salt Lake City included on the list, and hopefully minimize the growing talent gap in America.

“We are incredibly proud to partner with the President and the White House for this landmark initiative to bolster our economy by filling technology jobs with trained, prepared individuals,” Aaron Skonnard, Pluralsight CEO, said in a statement. “Pluralsight strongly believes in the democratization of education and that all individuals should be able to take ownership of their learning experience. This partnership will help accelerate professional training for the unemployed and get them back into the workforce quicker.”

IT jobs pay at a better rate than the average private-sector job. IT jobs don’t necessarily require years and years of training or education, especially with coding bootcamps and online courses being effectively used to accelerate the skills and knowledge of people throughout the world. And there are plenty of IT jobs available, which means one thing — take advantage of this opportunity, learn to code, and enjoy a bevy of new job possibilities.

Published 8/5/2015