Building a Talent Pipeline for the Future 


Digital technology is remaking industries, the economy, and how people work — now more than ever. To keep pace with technological change, meet the demand for digital skillsets, and ensure that more people who lived in the Capital Region can thrive here, employers and educators must collaborate to shape the region’s workforce and tech ecosystem.

In 2018 the Partnership launched the Capital CoLAB (Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business to drive solutions that prepared more learners for in-demand, digital tech roles in the region.


Digital Tech Credential

The Digital Tech Credential (DTC) is a free program for students at participating Capital Region schools to gain the digital skills needed for entry-level tech and tech-adjacent jobs in this region.

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Talent Ready

TalentReady is funded by JPMorgan Chase and Bloomberg Philanthropies to create and enhance industry-aligned IT pathways starting in high school.

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Digital Tech Scholarship

The DTC Scholarship will support up to 2,000 learners from underrepresented backgrounds in pursuit of digital tech education by 2025.

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  1. Learners of all backgrounds have access to the education needed to work in an increasingly digital world
  2. Educators have access to employer insights and resources 
  3. Employers in the Capital Region can find the talent locally needed to compete globally 
  4. The Capital Region is the destination for the nation’s best and most diverse tech talent

Reports & Insights

Work-Based Learning

Bridging coursework and professional experiences through work-based learning will help the Capital Region meet its demand for tech talent and expand career pathways to more diverse students, including racial and ethnic minorities and women.

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Employer Signaling

The Employer Signaling System (ESS) combines labor market information with employer insights and educator feedback to develop and refresh the knowledge, skills, abilities, and credentials needed for entry level IT roles in the region.

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CoLAB Advisory Committee

Nora Gardner

Committee Co-Chair
McKinsey & Company

Shane Berg

Committee Co-Chair
General Dynamics

Kevin Borgmann

Capital One

Wes Bush

Capital CoLAB Inaugural Chair

Peter Scher

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kathy Warden

Northrop Grumman Corporation

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