The state community college system is also chipping in $3 million for Infosys worker training.
India-based Infosys, an information technology outsourcing firm, announced Thursday it will hire 2,000 workers over the next four years for a technology hub in North Carolina, the second of four planned hubs in the U.S.
The hiring in North Carolina is part of the company's May 2 announcement to recruit 10,000 Americans by setting up four such hubs across the United States to focus on new technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud and big data.
Kumar stressed that the jobs created as part of its US expansion would go to American workers.
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This investment is in conjunction with Infosys' pledge, announced in May, to open four Technology and Innovation Hubs in the USA and hire 10,000 American technology workers over the next two years. As per the announcement made by the company today, Infosys plans to hire the first 500 out of the 2000 workers from North Carolina within the next two years, while the remaining will be hired by 2021.
The new hires will include graduates from North Carolina's colleges, universities and local professionals who will benefit from upskilling through its training curriculum.
Infosys executives were joined by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper at a news conference in which they said the hub will be developed in the state's Research Triangle region. "Our world-class universities and our high-tech workers drive growth and attract companies from around the world that are looking to innovate", Cooper said.