“It turns out it doesn’t matter where you learned code, it just matters how good you are at writing code,” Obama said at the National League of Cities conference. “If you can do the job, you should get the job.” That’s the key part of an
announcement Obama made for the TechHire Initiative, a $100 million program to help bridge the gap between out-of-work Americans and tech companies. His argument is that with more focused recruiting practices, and the standardization of coding camps and online courses, tech companies can more quickly fill jobs with qualified local candidates. More traditional training programs at Microsoft, Dev Bootcamp, and Udacity will offer more services for free, while others will work with community colleges to standardize what they teach.
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