Obama admin gives tech grant to Atlanta

The White House today announced two grants totaling $7.7 million for training and teaching in Atlanta.

The first grant, for $4 million, will pay for training of youth and young adults in the city of Atlanta under a program known as ATL TechHire.

The effort will be led by the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, in partnership with Iron Yard and TechSquare Labs, and is to include help in learning code so that participants will be qualified for jobs in engineering, data science, and design. But the grant also calls for training that will lead to technology degrees from the Atlanta Technical College.

The second grant, for $3.7 million, calls for Atlanta Technical College to put into use a curriculum of online and classroom learning that would include on-the-job training.

This program aims to increase skills and opportunities for employment in industries like IT, healthcare, business and transportation. Primarily targeting young adults with barriers to training and employment, the Technology Impact Project will serve 425 participants over the next 4 years.

For this initiative, Atlanta Technical College has partnered with local workforce investment boards, employers and other organizations in this project, including the Technology Association of Georgia, Syntrix Consulting and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.

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