Raimondo, Paiva Weed, Grebien to Focus on Preparing Rhode Islanders for IT Jobs, Take Coding Lesson

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, and Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien will take a coding lesson tomorrow as part of a visit to a software engineering firm in Pawtucket, R.I. They will also welcome LaunchCode to Rhode Island in an effort to raise awareness about helping people build IT skills.

«Our economy is shifting rapidly and is increasingly driven by technology,» Raimondo said. «Our priority is helping Rhode Islanders build the skills they need to get good paying jobs. As part of this effort, we are participating in President Obama’s TechHire initiative and working with LaunchCode to prepare people to compete for open positions in the IT sector in our state.»

In November, LaunchCode received a Real Jobs implementation grant from the Department of Labor and Training. The company is also partnering with TechHire Rhode Island, the state’s new tech talent pipeline plan that connects nontraditional job candidates with IT employers.