Governor Hogan today announced Maryland’s new Information Technology Innovative Workforce Solution program, which will provide work opportunities for individuals learning to become information technology professionals.
The Department of Information Technology (DoIT) will partner with Catalyte, Inc. and Digital Network Group, LLC to provide a fully developed and funded learning and operational training program. This program will provide individuals who lack computer training and qualifications with a pathway to break into the computer industry and help them develop long-term career opportunities while providing economic benefits to Maryland communities.
“Through this innovative program, we are creating new, cost-effective and life-changing career opportunities for more Marylanders in one of Maryland’s most important industries,” Governor Hogan said. “As the United States continues to face a historic and unprecedented labor shortage, we are advancing a bold workforce development agenda for Maryland.”
According to a Press release:
The IT Innovative Workforce solution is directly aligned with Governor Hogan’s Workforce Development Initiativesincluding officially eliminating the four-year college degree requirement from thousands of jobs in the state and working with partners to recruit and market these positions to job seekers who are “qualified through alternative pathways.” (STAR).
“We are thrilled to work with two great companies that share our passion for expanding the IT workforce to historically underutilized populations,” said DoIT Secretary Michael Leahy.
The IT Innovative Workforce solution will identify individuals who possess the natural potential and ability to become talented IT professionals, regardless of their background, education and previous experience. Those selected for the program will complete an onboarding training program and there will be no cost to the individual once they graduate.