What We Do

TechHire Akron/Summit County, is a designation received August, 2015, from the White House that encourages the development of accelerated training programs to prepare residents for good jobs that require IT skills. Building upon our existing assets (e.g. The Software Guild – Akron’s own coding bootcamp, Stark State’s IT certificate programs, UA’s emerging IT certificate and advanced manufacturing certificate programs), ConxusNEO engaged 12 companies to review labor market data to identify top IT skill and occupations most in demand. A strategy to engage target populations that are under-represented in these positions that span health care, insurance, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity industries is being developed.  In addition to training target populations, internships are also part of the program, and funds to address barriers such as transportation and childcare are also in the plan.

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For more information about TechHire Akron, contact Sue Lacy.

IT Labor Market Landscape

Below is a snapshot of the Akron labor market demand for IT talent. These are the most demanded skills and occupations from 12/6/15 to 2/3/16.
Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi (projection data)

Open IT Occupations


Concentrated Demand for IT

  • 40% Akron
  • 100% Nationwide

Top Skills

Baseline Skills

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Problem Solving
  3. Organizational Skills
  4. Writing
  5. Troubleshooting

Software and Programming Skills

  1. SQL
  2. Oracle
  3. Microsoft Windows
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. Microsoft Excel

Top Occupations

Top 5 Occupations

  1. Software Developer / Engineer
  2. Network / Systems Administrator
  3. Computer Support Specialist
  4. Systems Analyst
  5. Network / Systems Support Specialist

Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)

  1. Information Security Analysts
  2. Multimedia Artists and Animators
  3. Software Developers, Systems Software
  4. Computer Systems Analysts
  5. Web Developers

Community Partners

The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the Akron TechHire effort a success:

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Virtual Hold Technology
Progressive Insurance
Summa Health System
National Interstate Insurance
Hyland makers of OnBase
Medical Mutual of Ohio
SGS Tool
Sattler Manufacturing
JoAnn Fabrics
Greater Akron Chamber
RITE Board
The Software Guild
Stark State College
The University of Akron
The Fund for Our Economic Future
United Way of Summit County
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority Project Learn
Ohio Means Jobs
Akron Summit County Public Library
Summit County Jobs and Family Services