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Building a local economy around tech

President Obama has issued a challenge to employers, schools and local governments: develop a home-grown technology workforce to boost wages in a 21st-century economy.

On the Central Coast, there are some special programs in place to prepare potential employees for jobs in the high-tech world, not just locally, but across the globe.

“We formed NextSpace six years ago because we saw a  need for the community to come together,” NextSpace’s Ryan Coonerty said.

NextSpace set out to bring people together and provide job training, provide referrals and build a local economy around technology.

“We looked at that model. Why don’t we take that exact same model and apply it to a youth tech center?” Digital NEST founder and Executive Director Jacob Martinez said.

From that model came “Digital NEST,” which stands for “Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills with Technology.”

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