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North Carolina’s New Hub to Train and Hire 2,000 Tech Workers

Infosys, an IT services and consulting company based in India, has teamed up with North Carolina’s academic institutions and government to train and hire more than 2,000 tech workers in the state. As part of its broader strategy to employ 10,000 workers overall across the United States by 2021, Infosys is opening its second Technology and Innovation Hub in NC.

A 12-year Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier this week will bring the Infosys hub to Wake County — an up-and-coming startup scene that has top-tier research universities and community colleges. The North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina State University and Wake Technical Community College partnered on the project. The CC system plans to work closely with Infosys “to create a customized program designed to train the workforce of the future,” which will include training in artificial Intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, cloud computing and other IT-related skills, an Infosys news release said.

The JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $22.4 million, spread over 12 years, according to a statement from the North Carolina Office of the Governor. Meanwhile, Infosys will invest $8.73 million in Wake County as part of a project estimated to bring in $2.9 billion to the North Carolina’s economy. The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina led the state’s effort in the company’s expansion, as well as North Carolina General Assembly, Capital Area Workforce Development Board, Wake County Government, City of Raleigh, Town of Cary, Town of Morrisville, Wake County Economic Development and Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

“Together, we will develop the next generation of North Carolina innovators through world-class education and training in the critical skills of the future … and bring scale to North Carolina’s already-thriving ecosystem of innovation to help our clients create their digital futures,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys, in the news release.

Having already trained more than 134,000 students in the United States, the investment furthers the company’s commitment to bringing tech jobs into America. North Carolina’s Technology and Innovation Hub is the second training facility of its kind after Indiana, with the other two locations to be announced. Infosys will hire recent graduates from the NC’s network of higher ed institutions; local professionals looking to build industry skills will also be considered. The first 500 of these 2,000 workers are to be hired by the end of two years, with the rest to be hired by 2021.

To learn more, visit Infosys North Carolina project site.

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Sri Ravipati is Web producer for THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at sravipati@1105media.com.

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