CUNY 2X Tech is a new initiative to double by 2022 the number of CUNY students graduating annually with a tech-related bachelor’s degree prepared to launch careers in the NYC tech ecosystem.
Designed in partnership with NYC Tech Talent Pipeline industry and academic leaders, this five-year, multi-million initiative brings together CUNY senior colleges and NYC tech employers to better align tech education with industry needs and expand access to quality tech careers. Hunter College and Lehman College have been selected to launch this initiative, with a plan to eventually expand the initiative to additional campuses.
NYC is committed to delivering quality tech talent for NYC businesses.
In his first State of the City Address, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a vision for a thriving and inclusive NYC tech ecosystem fueled by homegrown talent. Delivering on this vision requires a comprehensive pipeline – one that builds on a strong K-12 foundation with a quality network of local colleges equipped to prepare New Yorkers for tech jobs at NYC businesses.
In support of this goal, the City has announced a commitment to double the number of New Yorkers graduating with tech degrees from public colleges who are equipped with the skills and experience needed to compete for entry-level jobs in tech.
Designed and delivered in partnership with industry and academia, this initiative will help build a pipeline of diverse tech talent from the City’s public education system, delivering quality jobs for New Yorkers across the five boroughs and quality talent for NYC businesses. The model, which builds on the work of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline Academic Council, will support student success and preparedness for tech careers by expanding access to industry aligned instruction, knowledgeable advisors, and relevant work experience.
The initiative continues Mayor de Blasio's Equity and Excellence agenda that features a historic commitment to expand access to meaningful high-quality computer science education for all NYC public school students through Computer Science for All.
The commitment includes an investment in new faculty lines to Computer Science departments, creating the Tech in Residence Corps pilot to bring industry professionals into the classroom, and leveraging Federal Work Study to fund Teaching Assistant positions for computer science students.
The initiative will support advising for computer science majors including hiring new advisors with knowledge of the tech ecosystem to advise students on academics and career pathways in tech.
Through expanded internship programs, co-op programs, and work study programs students will build the real world experience they need to be competitive for jobs in tech.