Obama to announce effort to boost high-tech training, hiring

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has obtained commitments from more than 300 employers and local governments in 20 regions of the country to boost training and hiring of high technology workers in an effort to drive up higher-wage employment.

People familiar with the program inside and outside the White House said Obama is to announce the program, called TechHire, during a speech Monday to the National League of Cities.

The initiative is designed to prepare U.S. workers for a growing number of technology jobs. According to the White House, of the 5 million jobs available today, more than half a million of them are in fields such as software development, network administration, and cybersecurity.

Obama's attention to technology comes as the unemployment rate is dropping, but wages still remain flat.