Listen to President Obama's remarks about the importance of taking an unconventional approach to technology education at the National League of Cities Event on Monday....

And so what TechHire is going to do is to help local leaders connect the job openings to the training programs to the jobs. And if you’re not already involved in this, you’ve got to get involved, because your community needs this just like everybody else does. So that’s the first component.

The second thing we’re doing — we’ve got private-sector leaders who are supporting everything from scholarships to job-matching tools. So companies like LinkedIn are going to use data to help identify the skills that employers need. Companies like Capital One are going to help recruit, train and employ more new tech workers — not out of charity, but because it’s a smart business decision. All of this is going to help us to match the job to the work. And the private sector will be involved in this out of self-interest, but it means that you, the leaders at the local level, are going to have to help create these platforms and facilitate this kind of job match.

Finally, we’re launching a $100 million competition for innovative ideas to train and employ people who are underrepresented in tech. (Applause.) At a time when we all lead digital lives, anybody who has the drive and the will to get into this field should have a way to do so, a pathway to do so.

So my administration is committed to this initiative. We’ve got a lot of private and non-profit sectors leading the way. We want to get more onboard. But ultimately, success is going to rest on folks like you — on mayors, councilmembers, local leaders — because you’ve got the power to bring your communities together and seize this incredible economic development opportunity that could change the way we think about training and hiring the workers of tomorrow. And the good news is these workers may emerge from the unlikeliest places.

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— http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/09/remarks-president-national-league-cities-conference


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