|About Tech Collective|
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. We foster the growth, innovation, and economic momentum of Rhode Island’s high-tech industries and workforce. Collaborating with local and national government, industry, and academic partners, Tech Collective programs directly impact Rhode Island.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Tech Collective derives its funding from membership, fundraising, and grant awards. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $12M in federal, state, and private grant funding. Awards and funding include Governor’s Workforce Board RI Industry Partnerships, Real Jobs RI, Ready to Work/ Tech Force RI, and national recognition with the state of Rhode Island from President Obama’s TechHire initiative.
Tech Collective’s mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a burgeoning technological and Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island through:
Uniting industry, government and education
Raising technology awareness and participation
TechHire Rhode Island
TechHire is currently comprised of 50 states, cities, and regions across the country who, through civic aggregation, are working to build an ecosystem where governments, employers, training providers and other stakeholders work together in collective action to achieve a unified goal – developing a pipeline of diverse, non-traditional talent to meet employers’ rapidly growing IT demands.
TechHire RI is creating opportunities for employees to advance themselves in the tech field. By providing job training to current employees in the workforce, it can be assured that Rhode Island's workforce is on the cutting edge of the industry, and will be for years to come. Click here to explore tech job opportunities in Rhode Island.
Tech Collective's Anchor and Enterprise Members invest in and contribute to the Rhode Island IT and Bioscience industry and community as a whole. Their generous support allows us to sustain and extend our programming in the areas of Industry and Workforce Development.
Tech Collective works with organizations on local, regional, and national levels to connect our members, industry, and workforce development pipeline with the latest services and resources needed to drive innovation and growth. We serve as the Rhode Island State Affiliate for:
The Bioscience Industry is one of the fastest growing across the nation. In Rhode Island, it employs nearly 5,000 people and generates an estimated $526M in revenue annually. The industry is comprised of a diverse cluster of sectors focusing on the biology and function of living organisms - plant, animal, and human. The five primary sectors, as identified by the global organization, BIO, are: Medical Devices and Equipment; Drugs and Pharmaceuticals; Research, Testing and Medical Laboratories; Agricultural Feedstock and Chemicals; and Bioscience-Related Distribution. Read Tech Collective's Rhode Island Bioscience Skills Gap Study
About Information Technology
Information Technology (IT) is the field of work dealing with computers and technology. The primary goal of IT companies and divisions is to provide fast, easy, and efficient means of internal and external communication, via numerous technology products. There are four main sectors of IT, each of which are comprised of several subsectors and specialty areas that professionals can choose to focus on. They are: Network Systems, Information Support and Services, Programming and Software Development, and Interactive Media. Read Tech Collective's "Why IT Works" Rhode Island IT Skills Gap Study
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