One of Northeast Ohio's hottest industries is in technology, from coding to cyber security.
But there's a big push to change that, mixing practical hands-on training with traditional college to fill in all the gaps.
Solving Northeast Ohio's tech jobs gap is a big task and it takes approaches on multiple fronts to tackle.
The people at Cuyahoga Community College's Centers for Excellence are part of it. They offer 16-week software coding "boot camps" aimed at changing lives for people looking for a new career.
And with an eye to the future, employers see Northeast Ohio as a key player in the tech world.
It's a long-term investment to get generations set to fill the talent-hungry local tech industry.
But many of the programs and events already in motion are paving the way to make that possibility, a reality.
Jeffrey Butts, an IT Center of Excellence instructor, said, “Seeing the possible, anything is possible. You came in here with zero, zero experience, zero. And now today, 16 weeks later, you can call yourself a software developer.”
The folks at Tech Corps who we hear from in the story also run coding camps over the summer. They even have an entire camp solely dedicated to girls.
Demand is high, and you can learn more at techcorps.org