RELEASE: Baltimore City, Baltimore Corps and Catalyte Launch Technology and Software Development Fellowship

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Bernard C. “Jack” Young


City of Baltimore

250 City Hall • Baltimore, Maryland 21202 • 410-396-3835



October 21, 2020


James E. Bentley II
443-257-9794 (Mobile)


Baltimore City, Baltimore Corps and Catalyte Launch Technology and Software Development Fellowship

Program will create equitable and family-sustaining technology careers, build sustainable talent pipeline for city agencies, improve community health outcomes and help modernize Baltimore’s IT infrastructure

BALTIMORE, MD.  — Today, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Baltimore City Information & Technology (BCIT), the Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore Corps, and Catalyte announced the creation and launch of a Technology and Software Development Fellowship program. Mayor Young issued the following statement:

“We are laser-focused on containing the spread of the virus and helping our communities rebuild our local economy,” said Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “This is one of many investments our administration is making in the long-term health of the city and core capacity of our city government.”

The fellowship program identifies Baltimore area residents from any background, trains them to become software developers, and deploys them with BCIT and the Health Department. This partnership allows Baltimore City to create a workforce development pipeline for eligible residents while improving the technological abilities of Baltimore City agencies.

“Fundamentally, this partnership strengthens Baltimore’s technical infrastructure by enlisting local and area residents in software development. Given the realities of COVID-19, technology has never been more important to the health and wellbeing of our city,” said Todd Carter, Baltimore City’s Chief Information Officer. “Together, we will provide the support that is essential to advancing sustainable careers in public service and technology.”

“The Health Department is proud to continue our legacy of innovation through partnership and deep community connections. We are thrilled to have a dedicated team working on some of our most challenging issues,” Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said. “The Technology and Software Development Fellowship is exciting because it allows us to create a pipeline for emerging talent within the City while giving them exposure to some of our most complex problems.”

All parties involved in the Technology and Software Development Fellowship are also members of RetrainAmerica, an organization dedicated to the retraining of all Americans, regardless of background, for jobs of the future. The Fellowship showcases the power and potential to overcome the current unemployment crisis when the government, nonprofits, and commercial businesses unite around a common purpose.

“This fellowship expands Baltimore Corps commitment to provide economic opportunity to all residents while serving key Baltimore City needs,” said Fagan Harris, president, and CEO of Baltimore Corps. “With our partner Catalyte, we’re now able to equitably source candidates for careers in technology and software development.”

“This fellowship will showcase the amazing hidden talent that exists in Baltimore,” said Jacob Hsu, Catalyte CEO. “We have an opportunity to create a self-sustaining, interconnected cycle of improvement that will uplift individuals, families, communities, and the whole city. We can show that Baltimore takes care of its own and can compete with any tech hub in the country.”

To learn more about how to become a software developer through Catalyte, click here. For more information on Baltimore Corps or to apply to one of its programs, click here.