Rather than submit its IT solutions to a third party, General Motors (NYSE:GM) is bringing the whole operation under its wing. To do so, it has built four IT centers around the country, in Michigan, Texas, Georgia, and Arizona. GM expects to hire more than 4,000 new information technology workers over the next three to five years to staff the four centers. So far, more than 1,000 employees have been hired, the company said in its release.
“Recruiting talented IT professionals is intensely competitive,” said GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott. “To hire the best and the brightest, we need to create employment opportunities that differentiate our company from the competition – location is one such advantage.”
For the areas GM has chosen, four of five students majoring in IT at higher education institutions in each state are within a three-hour drive from a GM IT innovation center. Combined, the four centers have access to more than 7,000 students at more than 150 colleges and universities majoring in information technology-related fields.
GM is specifically looking to hire talented IT professionals with a range of capabilities, including software development, database administration, and system analysts. Innovation Center employees will support all of GM’s IT needs, including web technologies, end-user applications and systems, dealer systems, factory systems and vehicle technology, the release read.
The news is good to hear, as so many other companies throughout the economy have relied on exporting IT labor to countries such as India, where it can be done for a fraction of the cost. GM is proving to its shareholders and to the public that it is investing in American jobs.
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