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State Funds New Training Program for Tech Workers

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When it comes to turning the Reno-Tahoe area into a technology hub, there's one big piece missing. We have plenty of new businesses and plenty of jobs, but what we don't have plenty of is skilled workers. And that leaves companies giving these new, high-paying jobs to workers from out of state.

So on Thursday the Governors Office on Economic Development (GOED) approved funding for a new training program through a company called Udacity, for people who want to learn tech skills.

"This is really about helping people get those skills to up-level their careers and really participate in the growing tech economy in our community," EDAWN Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development Doug Erwin said.

The program is a three-month intensive, taken partly online, partly in-person, to train a much-needed group of full-stack web developers. Erwin said the average web development job pays between $60,000 and $120,000 a year.

"This is the most in-demand skill set," Erwin said. "And we are now developing a pipeline to kind of grow that skill set, really to help build the workforce of the future, so tech companies can thrive here in our community."

Udacity offers courses, what they call "nanodegrees," on topics like unmanned systems, self-driving car technology, and artificial intelligence. But the new partnership with the state would focus mainly on web development.

And that's welcome news to Cycle Founder and CEO Jake Warner. He's looking to double the staff for his Reno web development startup, but he's having trouble finding candidates.

"We've found that there's talent in the area, but our product is a little but more technical than probably most," Warner said, "so we need a little higher of a talent level."

Training starts in June, and they are offering scholarships. You can apply here.

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