Tech Career Pathways Pledge

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Expand on-ramps into tech career pathways by securing commitments from 100 tech companies to host an intern and volunteer 4 staff hours monthly for DC student engagement (totaling 100 internships and 4800 student engagement hours). Leverage Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and other existing programs and create a bootcamp run by an external party to prepare students for tech-related internships.

Progress Updates:

September 2019: Connect.DC created SPARK to give District of Columbia students opportunities to build relevant skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Connect.DC offered courses during this past summer tospark an interest in STEAM for children who have limited exposure to tech programs or want to learn more about potential tech careers in DC’s growing innovation economy.

May 2019: The DC Career Academy Network (DC CAN) launched the platform to place skilled high school students with paid internships with employers in 5 career pathways: Engineering, Finance, Health Sciences, Hospitality & Tourism, or Information Technology. Paid internships during the summer months may be supplemented by funds from the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program.

September 2018: Connect.DC will partner with District agencies and local nonprofits to provide advanced training opportunities to youth and adults. These programs include coding and digital arts workshops as well as advanced technology certifications.

June 2018: The Department of Employment Services (DOES) launched the DC Talent Leaders initiative, a collective of employers working to expand the number of quality summer work experiences for District youth. Through this initiative, DOES has partnered with local, regional, and national businesses to prepare and expand a diverse pipeline of young adults for success in the workforce.  Read more here.

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Employment Services (DOES)
  • Related core sectors: technology, professional services, media and communication
  • Related opportunity areas: professional services innovation, hospitality innovation, security technology, data science and analytics, smart cities and civic solutions, impact economy
  • Related action areas: talent