It’s no secret that COVID-19 upended the economy and the lives of people worldwide and in the U.S. The pandemic resulted in 9.6 million Americans losing their jobs in 2020. And, despite the re-opening of many businesses today, many American workers remain unemployed or underemployed.
Conversely, the tech industry presents several opportunities for American workers, but a massive skills gap bars many open positions from being filled. In fact, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports that by 2030 there will be a global shortage of more than 85 million tech workers — representing $8.5 trillion in lost annual revenue.
To ensure the American workforce has an opportunity to keep pace with digital transformation across virtually every industry, Udacity and our partners in state and local government in Ohio will provide Ohioans with an opportunity to develop the skills many tech companies look for today.
Ohioans Get Chance to Build Skills of the Future
OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County, a career counseling center working hard to help unemployed people in Ohio land jobs, is partnering with Udacity to help workers in Franklin County, Ohio (home to the greater Columbus area) learn the skills they need to get hired.
Each Udacity Nanodegree program is designed to help upskill workers so they can be competitive in today’s job market. From digital marketing to business analytics and UX design, Udacity’s Nanodegree programs are widely accepted by leading tech companies as a great way to learn new skills and break into the technology industry.
Through our partnership with both OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County and the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, we are offering eligible applicants a free spot in this unique upskilling program. Graduates of the first phase will be encouraged to apply to the second phase, an immersive Nanodegree program in one of three tracks. This program is designed to build practical tech skills to help land a high-paying job — also free of charge to all students.
Udacity Stepping Up to Help Ohio Communities in Need
Ohio was hit very hard with job losses in 2020 — 650,000 Ohioans lost their jobs and had to file for unemployment. Many Ohio residents are still recovering and need assistance in their search for a new, promising career.
OhioMeansJobs selected Franklin County for their program because it is home to 1.3 million residents, and to Columbus. Columbus is Ohio’s largest city and is quickly becoming known as a “capital in the tech industry.”
Apply for Your Tuition-Free Nanodegree Program Today
If you live in Franklin County, Ohio, are currently unemployed, looking to try something new, and open to upskilling to make a career change, apply today. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to a new dream career in tech!