President Obama includes Code Oregon in TechHire initiative

March 9th, 2015

President Obama announced today the launch of TechHire, a bold public-private initiative with over 300 employer partners aimed at helping more Americans train and connect to IT jobs in fields such as software development, network administration and cybersecurity. Worksytems’ Code Oregon is one of 20 successful technology training programs that was highlighted by the President as he challenges more communities to follow our lead.

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Code Oregon is an innovative, free, online training program dedicated to teaching 10,000 Oregonians how to code and prepare them for high paying, in-demand careers in software development, front and back-end web development, and app design. Since Code Oregon’s “soft launch,” 5,256 people in the Portland area have signed up to participate in training with just over 2,200 having earned at least one badge.

Training graduates are connected to local technology jobs through WorkSource, the public workforce system and member of America’s Job Center Network. We are actively working with employer partners including Square Space, Metal Toad, and Portland General Electric to fill the 2,400 technology job openings that are available in the Portland Metro region today.

As part of the TechHire initiative, Worksystems is committing to offer 100 on-the-job training opportunities and 50 paid internships to provide work experience and promote hiring of Code Oregon graduates. In addition, we are partnering with JP Morgan Chase to recruit tech mentors to offer additional support to underserved communities, cross-walking community college and university curriculum with on-line badges, and providing transferrable college credit to 60 students who complete the accelerated Code Oregon pathway model. 

Background on Code Oregon

By 2020, there will be one million more computer programming jobs in the U.S. than workers to fill them, and 10,000 of those jobs will be in the Portland metro region. To close the skills gap and prepare area residents for careers in technology, Worksystems, the local Workforce Development Board, has teamed up with online training provider Treehouse to build the region’s future IT workforce through Code Oregon.

Online courses are offered for free through funding from Worksystems and the State of Oregon with a focus on connecting underserved/underrepresented populations such as communities of color, women, older workers and Veterans to training. Our goal is to build a diverse, inclusive technology talent pipeline that supports Oregon’s growing software sector and establishes Oregon as a leader in software talent.