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New Push To Equip Local Workers For IT Jobs

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By Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The New York Times may have named Nashville the "it" city, but when it comes to IT, as in information technology, community leaders say the city needs some help.

Inside this Cisco Systems course at Nashville State Community College, you'll find students on the path to an information technology job.

The problem with technology jobs is, technology goes so fast that people aren't keeping up with it and they get outpaced," said Charlie Hodge, a Nashville State Community College student.

Classes like the ones offered at Nashville State is a good start, but Nashville's need for IT workers is immediate.

"We have a need in our community of nearly 1,000 IT jobs unfilled," said George Lazenby, the WorkIT Nashville Task force chairman.

Community leaders are now teaming up to find qualified workers outside of the state.

"It is imperative that we partner together to show the country that Nashville will recruit, retain and train the new generation of tech workers from coast to coast," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

Through a $350,000 WorkIT Nashville campaign, supporters say Nashville will put I-T in its "it city" title.

"In 2013 will mark a new era of Nashville's buzz," said Dean. "We know we need to improve our tech talent pipeline to improve our businesses and improve our efforts."

Those already in the state know they'll have an opportunity to benefit, too.

"Especially locally, if you can get more IT training, it will help the job market," said Hodge.

The WorkIT Nashville campaign includes using social media like Twitter to market Nashville and get IT workers into the mid-state from all over the world.

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