By several accounts, Baltimore has grown its offerings of tech innovation and IT jobs. One Simply Hired report projected that some 59,000 jobs in IT were in the Baltimore-Towson area alone. And while IT jobs in the Baltimore area are increasing at a rate slower than other geographic regions in the country, the number of them is on its way up.
But the challenge for Baltimore city, according to the Digital Harbor Foundation, is finding ways to get public high school students interested in technology and entrepreneurship into tech-related internships and jobs. The (hopeful) solution is the Bmore Pipeline.
“We’ve got a bunch of high school students working with [the Digital Harbor Foundation] who are eager to find out about real internship opportunities in the tech community here in Baltimore,” said DHF co-executive director Shelly Blake-Plock in an e-mail. “We’re finding that their teachers and guidance counselors often don’t know where to turn.”
As it stands now, the Pipeline website is still in its “skeletal stages,” he said, but the internships and jobs boards on the site are functional.
Blake-Plock said the goal of the site is to have “students locally understand how to move into careers in tech and innovation — from understanding what some of the career pathways are, to linking with mentors, to getting worthwhile internships and, ultimately, to getting jobs or creating startups.”