Just two weeks ago Facebook announced a pledge to train 1 million US business owners and equip more people with the digital skills they need to compete in today's workplace. Following the announcement, Facebook today announced its collaboration with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership and the City Colleges of Chicago to prepare the workforce for today's innovation-driven workplace.
"We want to help small businesses and people acquire more digital skills, so they can grow their companies and find new jobs. We know we can't do this without the support of community members, which includes local colleges and training partners," said Arisa Zagat, Policy Programs Manager, Facebook, in a blog post.
With Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Facebook will provide 50 scholarships for students to participate in coding boot camps offered through the Chicago Codes initiative to learn web and mobile development. This initiative aims to help small businesses and people acquire more digital skills, to help companies grow and people find new jobs.
Scheduled to be launched this year, Chicago Codes is a new program designed to meet the growing need for computer programmers in Chicago, while at the same time helping tech employers with the challenge of recruiting a diverse workforce.
"Chicago Codes will spark access to technology careers for Chicago's untapped talent in the City's most underserved communities. Our ultimate goal is to diversify the technology workforce while fostering economic empowerment through employment," said Karin M. Norington-Reaves CEO of The Partnership.
With City Colleges, Facebook will work to expand its digital marketing curriculum and training with new resources to help graduates offer immediate value to businesses in their local communities and around the world.