Since January 2015, Urban Strategies Council has convened and staffed the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Careers Work Group composed of representatives from community-based organizations, K-12 and community college districts, intermediaries and public work force development agencies to document and assess the current program landscape and develop strategies for designing clear and visible pathways to career employment in the information and communications technology (ICT) field.

What We Want To Accomplish

  1. Prepare low-income, people of color, women and workers with barriers to employment for career employment in the field of ICT.
  2. Provide an increasing supply of highly qualified technology workers who obtain, retain and advance in quality, sustainable wage jobs in the tech industry and other industries that employ technology workers.
  3. Develop visible, clearly articulated essential skills pipelines and pathways to post-secondary education, training internship and employment.
  4. Increase and maintain racial and gender diversity in the ICT workforce by lifting up the talents of residents in the community.
  5. Increase the number of ICT adjunct faculty and staff at the community colleges to provide better institutional and student understanding of the skill requirements of the tech industry.
  6. Develop a toolkit or “how to guide” for employers that are interested in meeting their talent needs through partnership with the community and providing leadership in diversify the tech work force.
  7. Focusing on understanding market demand, aligning training/pathways to demand, and centering a role for employers in identifying their own needs.


This group has supported the development of the TechPathways project- a website to help young people and adults find new careers in the technology sector.


City of Oakland, Mayor’s Office

City of Oakland, Economic and Workforce Development

Kapor Center for Social Impact

East Bay College Fund

California Emerging Tech Fund

The Stride Center

Peralta Community College District


Youth Radio

Oakland Unified School District

East Bay Works

Oakland Workforce Investment Board

Alameda County Workforce Investment Board

Hack The Hood


OTX West

College of Alameda

Merritt College

The Insight Center for Community Economic Development

The Hidden Genius Project


East Bay Broadband Consortium

The Reset Foundation

David E. Glover Education and Technology Center

Contra Costa Community College

Learners Guild