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Tech-training apprenticeship expanding to Ohio, 3 other states

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By   –  Staff reporter, Columbus Business First


A nonprofit apprenticeship that puts novices in junior software and technology jobs is expanding to Ohio – including a Columbus branch – and three other states with the help of a $7.5 million federal grant.

Apprenti was founded last year in Seattle by the nonprofit Washington Technology Industry Association to help employers with a persistent talent crunch.

The pilot year resulted in 100 job placements with companies such as Microsoft Corp. and Inc.

The program will set up chapters in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, a spokesman said, but the office locations and local hiring partners are not yet announced.

Each state will require public-private partnerships, he said. I contacted likely partners such as the Ohio Development Services Agency and Columbus 2020, who said they hadn't heard much about the program.

I left messages with Rev1 Ventures and JPMorgan Chase & Co., which was a sponsor of the Seattle program and has a huge Columbus operation.

Participants go through up to 20 weeks of training in jobs such as software developer, database administrator or web designer, then enter a one-year paid apprenticeship.

Apprenti joins other programs seeking to quickly train workers for a career switch to tech: Nonprofit i.c.stars and for-profit Tech Elevator.

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