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Expanding Access to Tech through Registered Apprenticeships

Though the tech industry offers opportunities for high-quality, rewarding jobs, traditional pipelines of workers seldom meet employers’ growing demands. Meanwhile, workers with tech aptitude have found it challenging to break into the industry if they lack formal credentials or direct job experience. In recent years, one promising solution for this mismatch has been registered apprenticeship. Through registered apprenticeship, employers train workers for their specific needs and workers embark on fulfilling careers in the tech industry.

Please join the Urban Institute for a discussion of lessons learned from a three-year project where we helped launch 1,800 apprenticeships and more than 20 new programs in the tech industry. We will be joined by employers, apprentices, and educators, who will share what they learned about launching tech apprenticeship programs—including an innovative degree-based apprenticeship led by a consortium of historically Black colleges and universities—and discuss where the field is headed.



  • Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12)
  • Zach Boren, Senior Policy Program Manager, Urban Institute
  • Devin Corrigan, US Government Affairs Lead, Multiverse
  • Diana Elliott, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Rayanne Hawkins, Policy Program Manager, Urban Institute
  • Jorge Marquez, Senior Vice President, Apprenticeship and Workforce Innovation, Robert Half Government
  • Nina Ong, Apprenticeships Lead, Google
  • Wolf Reese, Software Development Engineer, Twitch
  • Nikunja Swain, Chair, Professor, and Executive Director of Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity, South Carolina State University
  • Lateesha Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder, Onramp




Support for this event is provided by the US Department of Labor. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Wednesday, June 22, 2022

  • Senior Policy Program Manager
  • Senior Fellow, Research
  • Senior Policy Program Manager