Virginia Boosts Tech Talent Pipeline
11 November 2019 News
November 11, 2019
RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia will invest state funds to create 31,000 new computer science graduates over 20 years, via agreements with 11 Virginia universities.
The Tech Talent Investment Program is a performance-based initiative designed to create over 25,000 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and related fields over the next 20 years. The agreements with the 11 universities will create 31,000 new degrees in those fields.
“This initiative is an investment in Virginians,” Northam said in a press release. “Virginia’s tech sector will continue booming only if we can train the workforce those jobs require. We are educating a workforce that will fill jobs at hundreds of tech companies around the Commonwealth, helping boost our economy and quality of life in every corner of Virginia.”
The program is an effort to keep up with the booming tech industry in Virginia and all over the United States. Colleges and universities applied to the state for funding to expand existing computer science degree programs. The 11 colleges that came to an agreement with the state are: Virginia Tech, George Mason University, the University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University, Radford University, Christopher Newport University, Virginia State University and Norfolk State University. Subsequent agreements will be established with other institutions, including community colleges.
The Tech Talent Investment Program grew out of the state’s proposal to Amazon. The company will locate its second headquarters in Crystal City, which is located in Arlington. They expect to break ground on its new facility sometime in 2020.
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