The City Council approved a new information technology training program Tuesday morning.
Lydia Nesbitt-Arronte with Workforce Solutions Borderplex, which is partnering with the city to bring the program to El Paso, said, “What we’re trying to do, is move forward with the IT area of training, which is badly needed across all industries in El Paso.”
There will be three groups of 15 trainees each selected by the Workforce board.
People who qualify for the program include college students, veterans and veteran spouses. All have to be earning at or below the living wage, which is $12.22 an hour.
“IT is a growing field and these certifications that we will be providing through the Workforce Solutions Borderplex will help employees gain a higher income and of course be employed for a higher period of time,” said Nesbitt-Arronte.
After completion of the program, trainees will be awarded three of five IT certifications.
The program would cost $150,000 and would be paid for through the city’s “Impact Fund,” the city of El Paso Economic Development Incentive Policy used for achieving economic growth and creating quality jobs. The city approved $4.5 million for the Impact Fund in 2011.