New program aims to help with tech worker training, networking

“A new [Oregon] program for information technology workers is aimed at helping companies from call centers to wood product mills.

The program, called the Oregon Training Network and backed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski and the Software Association of Oregon, is developing classes to be offered in Oregon to information technology workers throughout the state.

The idea is to offer high-quality, accessible, affordable technology training to Oregon workers, wiping out the expensive travel costs paid by employers to send workers to out-of-state tech training hubs, like Silicon Valley.

The governor’s office is using $225,250 in federal work force training dollars as seed money to launch the program. But when it starts offering classes next year, the program should become financially self-sustaining, organizers say [...]”

SOURCE: USA Today

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