The City of Kansas City, Missouri, is one of 21 cities and regions nationwide participating in TechHire, a multi-sector effort and call to action to give Americans pathways to well-paying technology jobs. Kansas City, the Full Employment Council and its educational and corporate partners will provide accelerated technology training to the chronically unemployed through the Reboot U program. The University of Central Missouri and Metropolitan Community College have committed to providing customized training to program participants in three technology sectors: Healthcare organizations, small businesses, and large end-user IT firms. Among Kansas City organizations providing on-site, job specific training and employment opportunities are Think Big Partners, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, University of Kansas Medical Center and Wireco World Group.
Partners will leverage a $500,000 grant from Missouri Division of Workforce Development. Partners will provide training opportunities that include a shark tank-styled initial interview, generalized training in core IT competencies, specific sector training crafted by experts in target industries, and an 8 to 12-week paid internship or apprenticeship.
In the TechHire Initiative, participating entities are committing to at least one of three different actions:
Using data and innovative hiring practices to expand openness to non-traditional hiring
Expanding models for training that prepare students in months, not years
Active local leadership to connect people to jobs with hiring on-ramp programs, hosting local tech community gatherings with engaged employers, attracting new, non-traditional training providers to their regions, and bringing visibility to existing local activities such as tech meet-ups, startup co-working spaces or startup-weekends.
For more information about TechHire Kansas City, contact Clyde McQueen.
Digital Inclusion Fellows
In 2015, the Full Employment Council was selected to participate in the first-ever Digital Inclusion Fellowship. Through this collaboration with the fellowship’s primary funder, Google Fiber, and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), the FEC is creating programs aimed at bridging the digital divide in Kansas City, especially for those in economically disadvantaged and minority communities.
In collaboration with the City of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City-area nonprofit organizations, the Full Employment Council leveraged Summer Youth Employment Program grant funds to launch its first cohort of Digital Scholars. A total of 31 out of 32 Digital Scholars completed their six-week internship. These 18- to 24-year olds performed a wide variety of technology-related tasks, gained work experience and began building their professional network.
As an Employer partner, the University of Kansas Hospital partnered in the Reboot U program. This program caters to long-term unemployed workers who were previously in IT occupations and poses skills that could readily transition into careers. University of Kansas Hospital was very instrumental in the design of the Reboot U Curriculum. The result of this partnership was 12 professionals participating in a 6 week internship and 2 individuals gaining employment, income ranging $16 to $36.65 per hour.
In 2015 Bruce Ives will began work on after being unemployed for almost a year. He is now employed at the University of Kansas Hospital as an O2 Release and ENV Analyst II and earning $36.30 per hour. Bruce believes he secured the position just because “they got to know me.”
In December 2015, as a part of Kansas City’s Computer Science Education Week, events were hosted at three FEC locations featuring Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Fifty-five individuals completed a total of 81 hours of code as part of the international event organized by Code.org, a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding participation in computer science.
Below is a snapshot of the Kansas City 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
Software and Programming Skills
Top 5 Occupations
Software Developer / Engineer
Network / Systems Administrator
Computer Support Specialist
Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Information Security Analysts
Software Developers, Systems Software
Software Developers, Applications
Computer Systems Analysts
The concentrated demand for IT is a calculation of the local number of open IT job postings divided by local employment.
The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the Kansas City TechHire effort a success: