JPMorgan Chase grant develops technology talent

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Training the Tampa Bay workforce for jobs in the nation’s second-fastest growing technology hub will get a boost thanks to a $250,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase.

Through the grant, St. Petersburg College will partner with the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) to serve 125 students and 100 employers the first year and:

  • provide online and classroom technology training
  • create a database of support tools
  • develop a website that links students and educators directly to local employers looking to fill open positions
  • support the expansion of an intensive, technology skills training boot camp developed by local companies.

“This project is a true example of how education, industry and workforce can come together as a workforce ecosystem to address the critical challenge most industries face – finding and retaining top talent,” said Dr. Tonjua Williams, President of St. Petersburg College. “We are grateful to JPMorgan Chase for their investment in expanding strategies that are showing promise in overcoming this challenge.”

“As the nation’s second-fastest growing technology hub, life-changing careers are being created in Tampa Bay daily,” said Daniel James Scott, CEO of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum. “This partnership will allow our region to match employees with both training and employers that will allow them to take full advantage of these careers.”

“Tampa Bay is clearly becoming the state’s largest technology hub and our partnership with St. Petersburg College will help local residents have long, successful careers right here at home,” said Clay Schnelker, Executive Director, Banking Technology at JPMorgan Chase.

New Skills at Work

This grant is a part of JPMorgan Chase’s $325 million global initiative, New Skills at Work, that helps people develop skills to compete for high-wage jobs and strengthen the economy. A recent report funded through this project found that Tampa Bay is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the one million plus students in higher education within a half-day drive radius.

NSAW staff will be presenting a workshop on “Beyond Networking – Building Relationships” at the Tech Career Summit to be held Oct. 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. on SPC’s St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus in the Student Services building.

An orientation for the program will be held on Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. on SPC’s St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus in SA114.  Students interested in attending must register by texting their name to 727-619-4SPC. (4772)

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