Public-Private Partnership to Train Women, Minorities for Technology Jobs

These two cents by Emile Cambry Jr


CHICAGO; May 12, 2014—State officials today announced the start of a program to train women and minorities for jobs in high-demand technology fields. Called Creating IL Talent, the program will offer hands-on training in web and mobile app development and will make its graduates ready for immediate employment.

Creating IL Talent represents an innovative partnership between the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), software developer GeneXus USA, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and innovation hub Blue 1647. Students will be trained using GeneXus software, will attend career readiness workshops and receive job placement assistance.

“Our technology companies have become a growth leader in the Illinois economy and a source of new ideas,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “The state is happy to support a program that encourages diversity in this important base of jobs.”

The program’s pilot course began Saturday, May 10 and is designed for women aged 18 and…

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