The tech industry has been booming for years. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in mass layoffs across industries, the IT sector added 227,000 jobs in June 2020. It’s clear that these jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. However, too many people have been locked out of these career opportunities, including those without a 4-year degree who are disproportionately people of color. A plethora of training programs have emerged with the promise of providing the skills and connections people need to break into the industry, but not all of these programs are effective, or equitable. Now, with more people out of work than ever before, we must address the challenges training programs face in order to create an equitable economic recovery in IT.
Oct. 6, 2020, 2 p.m. - Oct. 6, 2020, 3 p.m.