Kansas City’s drive to fill the tech talent gap has spurred General Assembly to launch a pilot program in Kansas City starting at the end of January.
“There’s no question in our mind that there’s sufficient demand here. The skills gap is pervasive, not just in Kansas City, but across the country,” said Charlie Schilling, GA’s general manager of enterprise business. “Given the number of employers big and small here, there’s no doubt in our mind that this business model will work here.”
For a second time since October, Schilling flew to Kansas City to meet with local business leaders to discuss the potential for GA’s tech education program locally. He mingled with a variety of business leaders Monday evening during a dinner at Kansas City’s WeWork at Corrigan Station and gave a short presentation about the program and the current business landscape.
GA has grown to 21 campuses worldwide that have graduated more than 35,000 people. If it fully launches in Kansas City, it would mark its smallest market. It typically targets metro areas that have at least 5 million to 6 million people. GA has relationships with more than 2,500 hiring partners and offers up-to-date training in areas, such as coding, UX and design, data and marketing. It offers a variety of options for employers, including training existing employees to bring their skills up to date with the latest technology and building customized training programs to meet talent demands. It also can recruit local talent and train them to meet a company’s needs.
GA’s first pilot program course in Kansas City will cover user experience design and user interface design (UX/UI), which focuses on customer centricity.
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