HARTFORD, CONN (February 17, 2022) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined GalaxE.Solutions Founder and CEO Tim Bryan and Girls For Technology (GFT) Co-Founder and President/CEO Sabrina Tucker-Barrett to announce a new partnership and program called “Pipeline 4.0”. As part of this partnership, GalaxE will commit to hiring 60 graduates of the Girls for Technology Service Desk Training Program for information technology jobs in the calendar year 2022. To help support this collaboration, the City of Hartford will provide a grant of up to $600,000 using American Rescue Plan funds.
This news follows GalaxE’s announcement that its Outsource to Hartford program would bring 180 new jobs from overseas to Hartford and would fill 80 of those positions through a workforce development program. GalaxE also emphasized that they would hire from a wide pool of talent, including residents of Hartford. GalaxE’s Outsource to Hartford program and its presence in Hartford began in 2019.
The Pipeline 4.0 program is a 10-week accelerator program that allows trainees to gain professional and technical skills through hybrid instruction, career coaching, mentorship, and more. The program also provides a stipend. Those who graduate from the program and fulfill all requirements will earn a job with GalaxE.Solutions and/or other corporate partners. Graduates will also earn a “Google Grow” certificate in information technology support upon completion of Pipeline 4.0. This program is co-ed, and no prior experience is necessary. Residents of Hartford between the ages of 18 and 29 who have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent are eligible to apply.
“Hartford has emerged as a regional hub for information technology, and we’re committed to making sure that growth translates into opportunity for Hartford residents,” said Mayor Bronin. “This public-private partnership between GalaxE.Solutions, Girls for Technology, and the City of Hartford is a powerful win-win, preparing young people for great jobs and helping an innovative Hartford-based employer find great talent. What’s so important about Pipeline 4.0 and our partnership with GalaxE.Solutions and Girls for Technology is that participants won’t just finish with a certificate or a dream, they’ll finish with a good job, guaranteed. I’m grateful to Sabrina and her GFT team as well as Tim and the Outsource To Hartford initiative for partnering with us to create opportunity for Hartford residents, and I’m grateful to Kim Oliver and our City of Hartford team for their hard work to make this partnership possible.”
“We are proud that with this program, we have achieved the alignment of GalaxE.Solutions, our customers, a training organization like Girls For Technology, and the City of Hartford to bring jobs onshore, achieving workforce development in disadvantaged communities in great American cities like Hartford,” said Tim Bryan, CEO, and founder, GalaxE.Solutions. “In a lot of ways this is truly historic.”
“We are grateful for the support from the City of Hartford and GalaxE.Solutions,” said Sabrina Tucker-Barrett, Co-Founder and President/CEO of Girls For Technology. “Girls For Technology is committed to training and building an inclusive economy of skilled workers from under-resourced communities by designing workforce development programs that address inequities within the current labor shortage. To build a truly inclusive economy, everyone has to have the opportunity to thrive in a tech-enabled environment.”
“I’ve always been interested in working in technology but didn’t know where to get those skills,” said Carmen Gibson, a Girls For Technology trainee. “With this program, I am not only learning about the IT trade but also am on the path to getting a good job in that field.
“The impact of this partnership transform lives,” said Kim Oliver, Director of the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation. “We thank GalaxE.Solutions for their commitment to working with Girls for Technology and the City of Hartford to build our local talent pipeline and provide good-paying, full-time jobs to young adults and Hartford residents.”
GalaxE.Solutions is a consulting firm specializing in professional technology services. Since the Outsource to Hartford initiative’s launch in 2019, it has already hired 220 employees. Girls for Technology is a Hartford-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing gender disparities in technology and engineering that has already provided programming and training to 2,000 people in the Hartford area.