Infosys forms community college partnership in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — Technology company Infosys announced a new partnership with a community college in Rhode Island to develop workers for digital jobs on Tuesday, with the goal of forming similar arrangements elsewhere in the country.

Infosys, an Indian digital design and technology company, formally launched its design and innovation centre in Providence. Company executives said they’re dedicating a lab there for employees to work with Community College of Rhode Island students.

College President Meghan Hughes said students will explore ways to work with new technology, learn marketable skills and build a professional network. She said Infosys understands the talent that community college students represent and the role the schools can play.

Infosys CEO Salil Parekh and Infosys President Ravi Kumar said they’d like to eventually form partnerships with community colleges near the company’s other US hubs in Hartford, Connecticut, Indianapolis, Indiana and Raleigh, North Carolina, and near new centres in Arizona and Texas. Parekh said the company is committed to workforce development and wants to recruit students from all walks of life.

“It’s something Infosys is extremely proud of doing, and wants to do more,” he said.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, centre, and Infosys CEO Salil Parekh, holding scissors to her right, cut a ribbon to formally launch the company’s design and innovation centre in Providence, Rhode Island. – AP

Kumar said the lab is an experiment that can be scaled up nationally. Infosys already has a partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design, one of the world’s most prestigious design schools.

New designers at Infosys complete a strategic design programme at the design school.

The company also announced on Tuesday it has created 7,600 US jobs and will soon hit its goal of 10,000 jobs.

When that’s accomplished, they’ll announce a more ambitious goal, Parekh said.

Infosys has hired about 100 people in Providence to help clients design how their technology is experienced.

It pledged in 2017 to create 500 jobs over five years in the capital city to get USD9 million to USD10 million in tax incentives from the state.