BY DANIEL OFFNER
The de Blasio administration plans to invest $10 million towards a partnership with CUNY Queens College for young entrepreneurs.
Part of President Barack Obama’s TechHire initiative – to help support the growth of technology-based education – New York City Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen announced a proposed partnership called the “tech talent pipeline,” which looks to help bring students and industry leaders together to form real-time business relationships.
“Businesses need more workers,” Glen said Thursday at Queens College. “Some of these young entrepreneurs are roaming these halls.”
She said that the partnership is designed to help students acquire jobs and internship opportunities in the tech industry and would help students to better understand the way that technology-based companies need things done today.
Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the commitment from tech industry leaders – representing a collective work force of over 40,000 New Yorkers – to support the delivery of technology education, training and job opportunities to 3,000 New Yorkers.
Queens College President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez said that the institution is currently the largest producer of computer science majors in New York City, more than Columbia University and NYU combined.
According to Rodriguez, three women from Queens College won an award from IBM earlier this year, using “Watson” – a cognitive computing innovation – to help solve some of the challenges facing New York City residents and college students today.
The winning team, comprised of Lizeth Mejia, an accounting and economics major, Nekita Singh, an urban and women’s studies major and Kimberly Sy, a biology major, were awarded with a $5,000 check from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation and will be given an opportunity to sign up for summer internships to hone their skills at CUNY’s Center for Student Entrepreneurship incubator.
“[Students] are the future,” Rodriguez said. “We are using education to bring real solutions to the table.”
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