Mayor de Blasio Funds CUNY Initiative to Double Number of Tech Graduates!

Dear Commons Community,

It was announced yesterday that Mayor de Blasio and the City University of New York want to double CUNY’s tech graduates by 2022 with a new $20 million program starting in January 2018.

The city’s CUNY 2x Tech campaign will bring new tech professors, career advisers and internships to six CUNY campuses, giving a total of 7,500 undergraduate students an extra boost in technology careers.

De Blasio said the new resources will help students land tech jobs after graduation.

“Our students from CUNY have every bit as much to offer the tech industry as students coming out of Stanford and MIT,” de Blasio said.

“We are adding classrooms and staff, building a bigger pipeline so more New Yorkers can land the jobs of the future.”

CUNY 2x Tech is funded with a mix of local, state and federal money. CUNY’s Lehman and Hunter colleges will receive new tech professors and advisers first, adding internship programs for tech students in the spring.

The program will then expand to four other CUNY schools starting in 2019.

CUNY 2x Tech is the latest program begun under the city’s Tech Talent Pipeline, a multi-agency workforce development effort to place more city students in growing tech fields.

This is a good idea!


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