L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline
The L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline, our partnership with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, connects low-income, diverse students to careers in the fast-growing technology sector. In 2017, we worked with more than 60 of L.A.’s top tech employers to connect more than 4,000 diverse, traditionally underrepresented high school and community college students to work-based learning opportunities (company tours, classroom guest speakers, immersive workshops), internships and job placements. As part of our partnership with Mayor Garcetti, Bixel Exchange placed more than 100 low-income students at paid summer internships at L.A.’s top tech companies in 2017, including Snap Inc., Boingo Wireless, mitú and Tastemade.
Bixel Exchange, part of the Center for Innovation & Technology at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, was launched in 2013 to connect the region’s growing technology sector to the diverse and talented individuals in L.A. Our mission is simple: we help create tech career pathways for underrepresented youth with the goal of creating a more prosperous and inclusive Los Angeles.
Hear From Our Students
Mario Esparza, Intern @ Snap Inc.
"Bixel Exchange's internship program has completely changed my life. My internship has given me the opportunity to show top professionals at a big tech company what I can do."
Blanca Renovato, Intern @ mitú
"Working with the Snapchat team at mitú, I realized that I have a hidden talent when it comes to direction and attention to details and that I very much enjoy it. I'm proud and very thankful for this program."
TECHHIRE & LA HI-TECH
In February 2015, former President Obama launched TechHire, a national initiative focused on developing city and regional strategies to train the workforce for higher paying tech jobs. LA HI-TECH was recognized by the White House as an innovative response to the President’s call to action. The City of L.A., educational institutions, nonprofits and business leaders are working together to provide access to and education training to 4,000 high school and community college students for gainful employment in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Bixel Exchange serves a critical role as the business intermediary, connecting industry leaders to local efforts that close the tech skills gap. LA HI-TECH is led by the Community College districts of Los Angeles, Pasadena and Santa Monica. For more information, visit lahitech.org.
Los Angeles is the third largest tech ecosystem in the United States, and the fastest growing; but current and future workforce projections indicate a strong need to bridge a glaring skills gap. A 2014 report from the Public Policy Institute of California predicts that by 2025, California will have an estimated 2.5 million unfilled jobs that will require at least some postsecondary education, with Information Technology slated to be the fastest growing sector. At the same time, the under- or unemployment rate is almost 15 percent for young college graduates and 42 percent for people with high school diplomas. We can address these challenges with thoughtful planning and strategic collaboration. Together, industry leaders and educational institutions can equip young people with the necessary skills to pursue a successful career in our local tech industry.
We Focus on Three Tech Career Pathways:
Is your company interested in participating in supporting the next generation of Los Angeles' tech workforce through classroom/panel guest speaking, company tours, interactive workshops or internships?
Contact Lindsey Heisser, Director, L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.