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Howard Tech Council Director to Attend White House Future of Tech Summit

December 21, 2016

The Howard Tech Council (HTC) Director, Tracy Turner, will be in attendance for the White House’s The Future of Tech Summit on December 21st as part of their commitment to the Presidents TechHire initiative.

The TechHire initiative was launched by President Obama in 2015 to give more people the skills they need to succeed in the tech jobs that employers are struggling to fill. The initiative started with 21 cities, states, and rural areas from St. Louis to Eastern Kentucky, teaming up with 300 companies to train and source a diverse tech workforce from atypical backgrounds. Since then the program has grown to over 70 communities with ~4,000 people placed into jobs paying well above the average private-sector median wage so far.

“I am very excited to be working on this project with Howard Community College that has such a meaningful impact on the community we serve,” said Tracy Turner. “This program is going to be a profound and impactful resource for not only the students of HCC, but also for tech companies in Howard County.”

Howard Community College (HCC) and the HTC recently partnered as a new TechHire community to train individuals and create pathways to access jobs in technology fields, including computer science, information technology, cybersecurity, and computer forensics. All TechHire communities go through an intensive and competitive application process to demonstrate their commitment and readiness in expanding the technology sector.

“Howard County is a perfect place for a TechHire community. This partnership will open up tremendous opportunities for our residents,” said County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “During this summit, our HTC Director Tracy Turner will have a chance to learn about best practices from successful TechHire communities from across the country, accelerating the rollout in Howard County.”

The Future of Tech Summit will bring together over 100 of the strongest technologists, innovators and community leaders to celebrate the success of TechHire to date, share best practices from some of our TechHire cities, and plan for the future of TechHire including the 2017 TechHire + TechUp roadshow.