Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced a new program that focuses on providing work opportunities in the IT field to those who want to develop a background in the area.

The Information Technology Innovative Workforce Solution program will be a collaboration between the companies Catalyte, Inc and Digital Network Group, LLC to work alongside the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) to provide “a fully developed and subsidized operational training and apprenticeship program.”

“Through this innovative program, we are creating new economic and life-changing career opportunities for more Marylanders, in one of the most important sectors,” said Gov. Hogan. “As the United States continues to confront a historic and unprecedented labor shortage, we are advancing a bold workforce development agenda for Maryland.”

The program is in alignment with the governor’s workforce development initiatives, which include getting rid of the four-year degree requirement that many state IT jobs demand.

“We are excited to work with two great companies who share our passion for expanding the IT workforce to historically underutilized populations,” said DoIT Secretary Michael Leahy.

The program will help “identify individuals who possess the natural potential and ability to become talented information technology professionals, regardless of their background, education, and prior experience,” according to the press release.

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