Business Journals: Untapped Potential, Diversity & Tech Talent in The Center of the US

St. Louis, Missouri-based Harris-Stowe State University is teaming up with Claim Academy, a coding boot camp, to launch a new technology training program. The partnership between Claim Academy and Harris-Stowe, one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, is focused on diversifying the technology sector.

“I think this is providing access and opportunity for people who wouldn’t do it,” said Stacy Gee Hollins, Dean of Harris-Stowe’s Anheuser-Busch School of Business. “We will be able to help diversify in software development because we know we’ve got black and brown students on the campus that will have access to software development pretty easily, and the community. It’s open to anybody.”

St. Louis, Missouri, has also been ranked among the six hot emerging tech hubs for tech job seekers by CIO publication. The city came in at number two on the list.

And talent development goes beyond the traditional classroom in Missouri.

Missouri also ranks second in the U.S. for completed apprenticeships according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Missouri’s apprenticeship programs help businesses find high-quality job candidates and helps workers find good-paying jobs. For apprentices who finish their program in Missouri, 83 percent of them are still employed with the company that sponsored their apprenticeship nine months after completion.

Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, were recently named among the best cities in the U.S. for women in tech.

Check out the full article from Business Journals here.

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