On May 18, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a press release, new commitments and expanded training programs designed to equip New Yorkers with 21st century skills and connections to employment as part of the administration’s NYC Tech Talent Pipeline initiative. The expanded and upgraded programs have been designed to serve over an additional 1,700 New Yorkers, building upon the Tech Talent Pipeline’s existing work to serve 750 participants through its 10 existing programs.
“This is one of the fastest growing sectors in our economy, and it’s a new path to the middle class. New Yorkers coming out of our Tech Talent Pipeline will have the skills they need to be a part of it,” said Mayor de Blasio. “These new commitments and expanded programs will help us equip even more New Yorkers across the five boroughs with 21st century skills.”
BMCC is one of fifteen New York City colleges – members of the Tech Talent Pipeline Academic Council – that are making their own commitments to work more closely with the City and industry partners to further develop pathways for New Yorkers to tech careers.
As a result of program assessment that included an industry review of curriculum within the Computer Information Systems Department, BMCC is in the process of revising degree requirements and course content, including by infusing more project-based, group work into the curriculum.
Thus far, the Tech Talent Pipeline has garnered: over 150 employer partners committed to developing solutions, expanding job opportunities and defining the needs of New Yorkers; 15 New York City colleges that have pledged to working with the City and employers to change and enhance student preparation to meet workforce needs; more than 350 employer hours of curriculum design and delivery to ensure education and training providers are equipping New Yorkers with relevant needs; and roughly $5 million invested in the initiative in Fiscal Year 2016.
Currently, over 500 New Yorkers are in or about to start training and connection to employment, and over 200 New Yorkers have completed the Tech Talent Pipeline training, including 88 New York City Web Development Fellows. Of these 88 Web Development Fellows, 84 percent have been able to secure high-quality employment.