IT company DXC Technology is adding 1,200 jobs to its facility in Conway expanding from its current number of about 450 employees over a four-year period.
Andrea Fiumicelli, vice-president of DXC's healthcare and life sciences division, made the formal announcement Tuesday at the company's Conway campus. According to Fiumicelli, the added positions will exist in a variety of sectors within the company.
"The new positions will include roles deployed in the healthcare and life sciences industry, in the automotive industry as well as in the cyber IT services," Fiumicelli said.
According to a news release, DXC provides "health and human services to clients across 42 states and territories." This expansion will create a "Center of Excellence" that will serve the Medicaid business for 30 states as well as other clients.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who spoke during the program, said the "technology driven and capable workforce" was the main factor that caused DXC to choose Conway as the facility to expand. Also mentioned was the state's computer science program, which has been a key initiative of Hutchinson's since 2015.
"When we started our state computer science initiative, there were those that said, 'That just means we're going to train our students in technology and computer coding and then we'll lose them to the Silicon Valley and to Austin and to other places,'" Hutchinson said. "Well, this demonstrates the tremendous success of that program. Because we would not be able to achieve expansions like this without CEOs and Andreas seeing the pipeline of talent that will be coming through our institutions of education."
According to a news release, DXC also works with 16 Arkansas colleges and universities to develop and recruit talent.
Fiumicelli said the jobs themselves will range in experience from entry-level positions to "complex" roles. On DXC's website, some of the listed Conway positions include a "professional programmer analyst" and "professional business analyst."
After the news conference, Hutchinson told reporters DXC's goal is to hire 200 employees at the Conway facility within the next six months.