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De Blasio Administration Announces New Initiative to Double the Number of Graduates with Tech Bachelor's Degrees from CUNY Colleges by 2022

New CUNY 2x Tech Initiative to Expand Access to Quality Careers for New Yorkers as Part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Plan to Spur 100,000 Good-Paying Jobs

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Glen, and NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop, today announced a new initiative to double the number of City University of New York (CUNY) students graduating annually with a tech-related bachelor's degree by the year 2022. The five-year, $20 million CUNY 2X Tech initiative brings together CUNY colleges and major employers to expand access to quality tech careers and meet industry needs.

According to most recent statistics, only 1,000 CUNY graduates earn tech bachelor's degrees annually and much more can be done to ensure that those who do are equipped with emerging skills and experiences needed to compete for entry-level jobs. Through $11 million in City funds and $9 million in Federal and private commitments, CUNY 2X Tech will help to build a world-class public higher education pipeline by enhancing classroom instruction, promote tech-specific advising, and provide tech majors with valuable on-the-job experiences to prepare a total of 7,500 students for post-graduation careers. Hunter College and Lehman College will be the first to receive $2 million each in funding for this initiative, with plans to expand it to six CUNY campuses in the coming years. Today's announcement was made at a summit featuring public and private partners in the CUNY 2x Tech initiative.

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