JPMorgan Chase is serious about building a tech talent pool in Delaware

With programs and events for college, high-school and even middle-school students, JPMC is playing the long game when it comes to preparing young people for a future in technology.

Finance + Technology = FinTech.

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JPMorgan Chase has said that it would hire over 1,800 Delawareans for the company’s technology divisions between 2015 and 2019, so it’s safe to say they’ll be hiring pretty much constantly for at least the next year. And not just handfuls of job openings — hundreds of jobs at a time.
“We always need good people,” said Mike Zbranak, site lead of JPMorgan Chase’s Delaware Technology Center (DTC), which is just off Route 202, north of Wilmington. “Financial services is a dynamic industry that continues to be powered by technology, and that requires a large talent pool.”
It’s not just about finding established tech talent. The company — one of Delaware’s biggest in fintech — is also looking ahead at future tech professionals. This year, it helped launch the nonprofit Year Up Wilmington, an intensive, one-year program for college students, combining professional coaching, hands-on skill development and internships at some of America’s top companies. Year Up Wilmington collaborates with Zip Code Wilmington to provide 360 hours of technical training to its participants, many of whom will join JPMC as interns.
In early December, the company held its Generation Tech program, where local high-school students worked in teams to solve a technology design challenge addressing social causes like hunger, poverty, gender equality and access to quality education — the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. During the competition, parents joined JPMC representatives in a conversation on how to introduce their children to possible education and career options in the rapidly growing technology space.  
“We think it is critically important to get young people thinking about technology careers well before they’re in college,” said Jen McDermott, JPMC’s executive director who focuses on technology for social good and inclusion.
“We’re very serious about building a deep and diverse technology talent pool here in Delaware,” Zbranak said.
Currently, JPMC has about 200 tech jobs open. Get at ’em.


Companies: JPMorgan Chase
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