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Want to Close the Tech Talent Gap? Here are 2 New Ways to Get Involved

NPower and TranZed Alliance are looking for companies to help train tech students and apprentices.

Over the last several months, new resources that can offer IT training to the next generation of tech talent entered Baltimore. They’re focused on closing the gap between open tech jobs and the number of people available to fill them.

It’s often talked about as an abstract policy concept, but the organizations are offering a chance for the tech community to get directly involved.

In the case of NPower, a Brooklyn-based organization that opened a space in the Hollins Market area in May, political leaders like Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake provided support, as well as local financial backers like the Abell Foundation, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the France Merrick Foundation.

But amid the ribbon cutting and 3D printer demonstration to open the space on Wednesday, there was also a challenge.

“I want to ask Baltimore and the business and tech community to take a similar leap of faith, to join the vision of our elected officials and of our funders and to do something about commitment to the young people we are serving,” NPower CEO Bertina Ceccarelli told a group gathered to mark the opening of the location.

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