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NACCE Invited to Participate in National Campaign to Rapidly Train Employees for Technology Jobs

SPRINGFIELD, MA - - March 9, 2016 - The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has been invited to participate in TechHire, a national initiative created by the White House to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs through innovative training programs offered by universities and community colleges.

NACCE is partnering with the California Community College’s Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and Economy initiative to provide New World of Work 21st Century Employability Skills training to 50 TechHire communities. NACCE has 58 member colleges in these communities, serving 1.1 million students. Together they will offer three train-the-trainer webinars on techniques for accessing open source (free) curriculum for use by faculty in community colleges. TechHire instructors will have access to lesson plans, training videos, slide decks and assessment tools. Instructors will also be offered coaching and materials to implement and strengthen workplace programs.

“I am delighted that NACCE has been selected by the White House to participate in this multi-sector endeavor,” said NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D. “The number of open jobs in this country is an economic development issue, and when they get filled, it’s a boost for American workers, employers, our regional and local economies, and American competitiveness.“

The United States has about five million open jobs currently, more than at any point since 2001. Over half a million of these job openings are in information technology fields like software development, network administration, user-interface design and cyber security – many of which didn’t even exist just a decade ago. The average salary in a job that requires IT skills – whether in manufacturing, advertising, retail or banking – is 50 percent higher than the average private-sector job. Through TechHire, over 300 employer partners are working together on new ways to train, recruit and place applicants in jobs based on their technology skills.

“Whether local companies are experiencing gaps in their labor pool, losing their competitive edge in the marketplace, or need to bring employees up to speed with the latest IT skills, the New World of Work 21st century skills training delivers workforce solutions that are locally focused, economically impactful and ultimately make our local ecosystems vital and competitive,” said Amy Schulz, NACCE vice president of Education and Membership. “NACCE is working closely with teams from Feather River College and Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy to help close the skills gap in technology fields.”

The New World of Work 21st Century Employability Skills training was developed based on research through employers and industry feedback and addresses the unique workforce demands of 21st century workers. Competencies include adaptability, analysis/solution mindset, communication, collaboration, entrepreneurial mindset, self-awareness, social/diversity awareness, resilience, digital fluency and empathy in the workplace.

About Tech Hire

Launched in March 2015 by President Barack Obama, TechHire is a national initiative that works with communities to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs using nontraditional training options, including coding boot camps, tech meet-ups, hack-a-thons and entrepreneurship groups.


The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: 1. Empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset, and 2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

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NACCE has over 330 member colleges, representing nearly 2,000 members and approximately 3.3 million students.