New York City's growing tech industry has become the city’s most reliable source of new good-paying jobs. But despite major strides, many low-income New Yorkers don’t have access to the education and training they need to land these jobs. In this op-ed for the New York Daily News, CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles and Tech:NYC Executive Director Julie Samuels call on city leaders to commit to a bold, long-term agenda to expand and improve New York's tech skills-building ecosystem, starting with K–12 computing education. They also urge policymakers to expand postsecondary tech education and in-depth tech workforce training programs that can make a tech career accessible to more low-income New Yorkers and help grow a more diverse and inclusive tech workforce.
Read the op-ed in the Daily News.
This op-ed builds on the Center for an Urban Future's extensive research on expanding access to tech careers, including the recent report Plugging In: Building NYC's Tech Education & Training Ecosystem, which was written in partnership with Tech:NYC and generously supported by the Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund, Google, Bloomberg, and Verizon.