Biden cites need for technical training in St. Louis visit

10 months 1 week 4 days ago September 09, 2016 Sep 9, 2016 Friday, September 09 2016 Friday, September 09, 2016 12:00:36 PM CDT in Continuous News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said there is strong demand for technical training and job creation, including many jobs that won't require a college degree, during a visit at LaunchCode in St. Louis Friday.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Biden touted the Obama administration's TechHire initiative as a way to get people with non-traditional work and educational backgrounds trained and employed in tech jobs.

LaunchCode, founded in St. Louis in 2013, has placed 310 people in apprenticeships with a 90 percent hiring rate into full-time positions. Sixty percent of those workers were previously unemployed, and 25 percent lack a college degree.

Biden said there is a demand for 1.2 million IT workers in the U.S. by 2022. He said 40 percent of the jobs won't require a college degree.

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