Patrick Antos

High Impact Tech Initiatives Take the Spotlight in Northeast Ohio

Patrick Antos |

On the heels of an excellent article from Freshwater Cleveland, I wanted to share news on some of the cool things happening with tech talent here in the CLE.

Talent NEO/Skills Based Hiring
Towards Employment
and Regional IT Engagement (RITE) are spearheading a great effort to deepen and broaden the talent pool. The initiative is called “Skills Based Hiring,” a methodology to identify potential candidates using non-traditional means. Details on the effort are here.

RITE (Regional IT Engagement)
offers high school engagements, internship programs, coding camps, and the annual Get IT Here Summit to attract students to IT majors in college.

CoolTech Challenge
The CoolTech Challenge
has awarded more than $77,000 in scholarships and other prizes over the last eight years. Sixteen schools and more than 100 students participated in 2015.

Tech Week Efforts
During Tech Week 2015, more than 400 IT students attended Tech Talent talks at seven different NE Ohio college campuses to get connected, learn about enterprise and entrepreneurial IT and stay in NEO post-graduation. Plus, 33 companies connected with more than 250 attendees at Linking IT Talent, an event to match employers with tech job-seekers.

TechHire consists of a $100M federal grant program that several partners, including OHTec, are collaborating on to address the challenge.

And there’s a lot more going on than noted here. 

As talent demands continue to grow in this region, it’s important to note that some great, cool and high impact initiatives are underway right now. More can be done, to be sure, but we’re excited about the results these efforts are yielding and will yield in the future.

So stay tuned and buckle up, NE Ohio is becoming a destination for great tech careers!