Kenzan will host RI Secretary of Commerce, TechHireRI, and Employers in a Conference that Focuses on Filling Tech Jobs with Overlooked Talent

TechHire Rhode Island to Connect Overlooked Tech Talent with Employers at Workforce Conference

Providence, Rhode Island (August 23, 2016) – On Thursday, August 25, Kenzan will host the High Tech Recruiting: Cultivating the Unconventional conference to bring together Rhode Island work ready tech talent with industry insiders, employers, and community partners. This conference will be a part of Rhode Island’s ongoing statewide efforts fill unfilled tech jobs by opening a vast, new pool of diverse tech talent that is often overlooked by companies and recruiters.

The High Tech Recruiting: Cultivating the Unconventional conference will spark a conversation on how Rhode Island employers can benefit from the state’s growing tech talent pipeline. IT jobs are the most unfilled jobs in Rhode Island, but many candidates process the skills to do the job, do not have the academic pedigree to be considered; even though these IT skills can be learned in community colleges, industry certified training programs, coding boot camps, or in high-quality online courses. At this conference, employers will be able to meet work-ready candidates trained through these platforms, the sources of tech talent, and provide feedback on how future IT training can be tweaked to meet their hiring needs. Kenzan and TechHire Rhode Island will be leading the conference, and Rhode Island’s Secretary of Commerce, Stefan Pryor, will be delivering the opening remarks to kick off the conversation.

“While companies are pulling out all the stops to recruit highly educated employees, they’re missing out on talented candidates, who, while lacking a college degree, still possess the same level of skills and competencies as their degree-holding counterparts,” says Kevin McKenna, director of operations at Kenzan. “We believe that if you have the skills and the motivation to do a job, you should have the same chance as everyone else, regardless of educational background. That’s why we are hosting this event and are proud to be partners with TechHireRI as we work together to better our community and bring more jobs to Rhode Island.”

“We’re proud to be working with Kenzan and the State of Rhode Island to close the opportunity gap between employers and talented IT candidates”, said Damian Ewens, Director of TechHire Rhode Island, “TechHireRI is committed to making sure that Rhode Islanders have skills that matter for jobs that pay. Because many of the best paying and most difficult to fill jobs across all industries are in IT and software development, we can help employers fill unfilled jobs with qualified candidates by opening a new pool of diverse but overlooked tech talent.”

High Tech Recruiting: Cultivating the Unconventional will take place 5:00pm on Thursday, August 25 at Kenzan’s headquarters. Event participants will hear from Apprenticeship RI, General Assembly, LaunchCode, Tech Force, and Year Up, and learn how computer science (CS) minors are gearing up to transform higher education.

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About Kenzan
Kenzan is a cutting edge software engineering and consulting services firm that was founded in 2004 by Christopher Kilmer. Specializing in application development, platform as a service, cloud virtualization and consulting services, Kenzan offers customized end-to-end solutions for clients such as Charter, HBO, Altice (Cablevision), Thomson Reuters, GroupM and Time Warner Cable. For more information, please visit

About TechHire Rhode Island
TechHire Rhode Island, powered by Opportunity@Work, is Rhode Island’s tech talent pipeline that gives individuals from non-traditional backgrounds a pathway into well-paying, in-demand software development and IT jobs. TechHireRI helps employers get immediate access to overlooked, vetted, work-ready tech talent and send a “bat signal” to TechHire’s best-in-class IT education and training partners to ensure curriculum matches and is responsive to real tech jobs and skills in demand. For more information, please visit


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