July 15, 2016 Staff Report
LaGuardia Community College has received a $3.9 million grant from the White House to provide tech education to underserved communities.
The grant is part of TechHire, a $150 million initiative from the White House and U.S. Department of Labor, to train interested individuals in coding, software development, systems management and other in-demand, high-tech specialty areas.
The grant will allow the college to provide free tech industry training for at-risk and disadvantaged young people, ages 17 to 29, according to the City University of New York. It is part of a specific TechHire project to create programs for low-income, minority or otherwise underserved young people.
The training will be provided at no cost to participants.
“Being selected by the White House and the U.S. Department of Labor for this highly competitive TechHire grant, which reflects our understanding of the fast-evolving needs of the tech industry and our dedication to helping people get out of poverty and into the middle class through education, is very gratifying,” LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow said.
The LaGuardia Community College program, known as TechIMPACT, will offer accelerated tech training for more than 300 low-income young adults over the next three years, in partnership with General Assembly, Udacity and the Software Guild, with tools created by industry experts at large tech companies such as Google and Facebook.