SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and several other elected officials gathered in Springfield Thursday to discuss the importance of improving technology throughout the state.
The Tech Talent Diversity Initiative is designed to increase the diversity of candidates who get hired for internships, apprenticeships, and entry level technology jobs in the state. Grants totaling $94,000 were awarded to Tech Foundry, which is a training program to diversify jobs in IT, healthcare, and manufacturing.
22News spoke with an alumni of the program about the importance of diversity in IT.
“It’s good to have other people of color just because you never know who’s on the other side and knows Spanish or just doesn’t know English,” Sasha Cruz said. “We need diversity in there not just a certain color.”
Polito said about 76 percent of workers in the STEM field are white.
“Employers are looking for the skills but a more diverse workplace to reflect the diversity that exists in our commonwealth,” Polito said. “This is an important initiative for our administration so we need employers like Tech Foundry who diversify that work for us.”
About $500,000 worth of grants were given to similar programs across the state.