In announcement today, White House highlights Zenith as a leader in expanding access to technology skills training for under-served populations
March 9, 2016 — Dave Hawn, president and CEO of ECMC Group and interim president and CEO of Zenith Education Group, one of the nation’s largest non-profit providers of career education, today released the following statement on the White House’s announcement that it is doubling the number of U.S. cities participating in its multi-sector TechHire initiative, a national program designed to further develop the tech skills of the U.S. workforce and fuel innovation in the American economy. In a fact sheet released today, the White House highlighted Zenith as a leader in helping to advance those goals, through its plans to launch a coding bootcamp at its nonprofit Everest Institute campus in Austin, Texas—a newly announced TechHire community and the site of President Obama’s announcement today.
“We applaud the White House’s decision to double the number of cities participating in the TechHire program and are incredibly honored to be partnering in this important effort to diversify and expand the pipeline of skilled U.S. tech workers,” said Hawn. “Career education has a vital role to play in ensuring more Americans can thrive in today’s 21st Century economy, and Zenith’s work to elevate coding at the Austin Everest campus marks an important step forward in our ongoing commitment to helping students access the skills they need to enter into rewarding careers in growing fields like software development.”
Launched one year ago today, the TechHire initiative emphasizes the importance of leveraging career colleges and coding bootcamps as partners in training workers for tech-sector jobs. As part of those efforts, Zenith will be partnering with the programming bootcamp FlatIron School to launch a new coding program at its Everest campus in Austin, Texas, Austin being one of 15 new TechHire communities announced today. The FlatIron School was first announced as a TechHire partner in March of last year. Thanks to a grant of nearly $500,000 from ECMC Foundation and the support of the ECMC Innovation Lab, Zenith expects the coding program to graduate more than 200 students in the next three years.