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Program Partners

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Creating IT Futures (CITFF) provides CompTIA A+ training to prepare students for careers in the IT industry, with a focus on groups underrepresented in IT. Formed in 1998 by CompTIA, the global IT trade association, CITFF provides trainees not only the IT skills, but the communication and business skills that can lead to lifetime careers. By providing access to IT jobs, CITFF is not only helping the IT industry grow and prosper – it is supporting the long-term health and welfare of underserved communities


Based in North Minneapolis and Cedar Riverside, EMERGE helps people facing significant obstacles redefine themselves. Every year, we help thousands of adults and youth access jobs, financial coaching, supportive housing, and other key services, along pathways to brighter futures. We are committed to creating better jobs, better lives, and better community. EMERGE offers basic computer skills courses and IT courses in partnership with Minnesota Computers for Schools and Creating IT Futures Foundation.

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Serving people of all backgrounds since 1910, Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) works with each individual to develop a customized career and training plan in our IT Pathways program. Our services also include: career planning assessments and guidance, access to a variety of online technical and professional courses, Math for IT and Writing for IT classes to improve basic skills, customer service training and certification, job search assistance and coaching, resume and cover letter writing assistance, interview preparation, access to our Employer Breakfast and CAFÉ Networking series, and ongoing one-on-one support throughout the training and job search process.

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Minnesota Computers for Schools is a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively to provide technology solutions and skills training to communities in need. MCFS partners with community organizations to deliver digital literacy, job-readiness and in-demand technology skills training. Programs range from 6 – 14 weeks with course offerings including: Digital Foundations, IT Fundamentals, IT Essentials, CompTIA A+, and website design and development.  MCFS informational video from the 2017 annual event

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The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) serves as a liaison and industry representative for Minnesota technology companies in the Twin Cities area and beyond. MHTA supports providing individuals with training and placement opportunities in the high-tech fields represented by our member companies.

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Prime Digital Academy is an 18-week accelerated learning program focused on helping people without professional technology backgrounds get up to speed for entry level positions in software development. Founded in Minnesota in collaboration with The Nerdery (one of the state’s fastest growing tech employers), Prime has quickly built a large employer network of over 100 Twin Cities companies who inform curriculum, mentor students and hire graduates from Prime.

Shaped by these partners, Prime’s curriculum has an approach that seeks to balance technical skills with communication and collaboration skills to position graduates to be attractive candidates. Six weeks of Prime’s program is dedicated to project-based learning where students build experience by working on real-world projects for startups, nonprofits and social ventures based in Minnesota ensuring that they graduate Prime with work in their portfolio and references who can speak to their skills as a developer.

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The Software Guild is an intensive, fast-paced apprenticeship program where you learn to be a software developer. In this full-time, 12-week or part-time 10-14 month course, you will learn either C#/.NET or Java and acquire the skills needed for junior-level developer positions. And for individuals with Java experience who want to enhance his or her programming skills, the Software Guild offers Mobile Development for Android.
   •  Career focused and relevant program teaching the languages most in-demand by Fortune 500 companies.
   •  Instructors with 9+ years of real-world, practical experience teaching what you need to know to become a successful developer.
   •  Instruction exceeds coding. Staff will help you prepare for the job search with resume building, interview practice and introductions to employers currently hiring.
   •  Guildie for Life. Graduates become part of an extended family. From the instructors to the Employer Network to fellow Guildies, you will develop a network of friends and supporters you can rely on for years to come.

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The Takota Institute of Higher Education is full service training and career services institute. Takoda Institute offers numerous opportunities for continuing education and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and is a CompTIA Authorized Academy. Courses at Takoda institute either qualify for Title IV funding or are fully funding through a variety of scholarship/grant programs.

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York Solutions Barriers to Entry (B2E) helps individuals looking to re-enter the workforce break through barriers, while providing a new pipeline of talent to drive business success for our clients. B2E focuses on helping individuals from groups under-represented in IT by providing a training and preparation for a career in project management consulting with York. The comprehensive, paid, training program is led by a trainer with executive-level experience in the IT industry.


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Employers Testimonials

What are employers saying about their experience working with MSP TechHire training partners and having graduates as employees?

"Kaitlyn was fully capable of making a contribution on ‘day one!’ Our new hire is a pragmatic problem solver who is capable of leading projects, working in teams, and communicating well with both our staff and customers. The experiential learning and real-world projects provided during Kaitlyn’s training made the difference in our hiring decision. We hired based on this training, and not on a requisite college degree. We would recommend TechHire candidates to companies searching for top-tier talent!” - Tom O’Neill, President of the Nerdery.

“Prime teaches students how to think like a developer in ways that can't ever be taught in a traditional classroom. The methods of collaboration they learn is incredibly well aligned with a professional position and with those skills, they can quickly come up to speed on any technology they may appear 'light' in.” - Empulse “That this was a great experience and seeing so many folks truly interested in development because of what it allows them to do and how it allows them to solve problems is a refreshing change to the average 4-year program candidate.” -CRC Marketing Solutions“100% worth your time. It was one of the most positive recruiting experiences I've ever had - in any field, not just tech - and I'll be singing its praises and telling my friends (who are also on the prowl for solid development staff) about Prime.” - Mall of America

“The IT-Ready workers came in with some excellent technical training, as well as soft skills training that they need in order to quickly integrate into our company,” said Becky Ryan, senior manager, Enterprise Support Centers, HealthPartners. “After experiencing the success of IT-Ready graduates, it became clear that IT-Ready training was exactly what we are looking for in new entry-level hires. Not only are these employees technically trained, they have a wonderful attitude and are totally engaged in their work environment.”

“Our experience with IT-Ready grads has been very positive,” said Rachel Wittrock, human resources generalist, Virteva. “Since Virteva is a managed services provider, our new hires can face a steep learning curve. But because they’ve gone through the rigors of the IT-Ready program and certification process, graduates have already demonstrated an aptitude for the work, as well as the ability to quickly learn and assimilate new skills.”

“I was looking for candidates or potential training grounds for tech support candidates, and saw IT-Ready,” said Bryan Altman, chief operating officer. “I was thrilled to learn IT-Ready certifies both the technical and soft skills we are looking for. Because we're a relatively small company, we call on each team member to wear a lot of hats.”

Graduate Success Stories

Victor Chege

Victor Chege - Creating IT Futures - IT Ready
New Service Desk Agent for the City of Minneapolis, Victor Chege is an immigrant from Kenya with an IT background. Upon arrival, he had a tough time getting into the IT industry in the US, and resorted to cleaning jobs to make ends meet. He decided to enroll in an IT training institute that went bankrupt mid-way through his training, and left the program without the money he had invested so far. Then he learned about the Creating IT Futures Foundation’s IT Ready program – a free, eight-week training program that offers the technical and professional skills that prepares individuals for a CompTIA A+ certification and a successful on ramp into the IT industry. Successful graduates are connected to employers for a 6-month paid work experience opportunity or full time employment. Alumni are also eligible for additional free online training and certifications. He thought it sounded too good to be true, but decided to apply. He was accepted into the program and graduated at the top of his class. Upon completion, he landed an IT Service Desk Agent job with the City of Minneapolis and is thrilled to be part of the team. Victor is already pursuing additional IT training and certifications.

Chelsea Okey

Chelsea Okey - PRIME Digital Academy 
Chelsea Okey is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is a U.S. Army veteran. Seeking a career change, Chelsea debated going back to school for computer science but chose to attend PRIME Digital Academy, an 18-week computer programming course, because of the relevant skills she would learn in addition to its short length and affordability. Now a software engineer at the Minneapolis-based company SmartThings, she recognizes PRIME for preparing her for the fast pace of the tech industry and giving her a foot in the door to a career that fit her goals. While technology is an evolving industry, Chelsea states that more diversity is necessary to bring new ideas, and build stronger end-products. One of PRIME’s greatest benefits is the opportunity it gives those from non-technology backgrounds to be a part of the field.

Chad Rehm

Chad Rehm – The Software Guild
Chad Rehm was a Tool Designer looking to make a change to a more fulfilling career. He saw an exciting opportunity to enter the software development industry by completing a full-time, fully immersive, 12 week Web Development training course through the Software Guild. After further research, he knew this was just the program he was looking for to help him gain the necessary skills to successfully enter the software development industry as a junior software developer. Not only did Chad gain the relevant technical skills needed to attract potential employers, but was also given soft skills training through one-on-one resume reviews, mock interviews from top recruiters and multiple interviews with employers that were actively seeking to fill entry level software development positions. Chad was able to secure a great job as a Web Developer/Consultant for Kinetic Data in Saint Paul MN, within weeks of graduating. He found that the education and experiences he gained from the Software Guild prepared him with the confidence and skills needed to be a world class beginner.

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To learn more about any of these options contact Tammy Dickinson from City of Minneapolis Employment and Training.

Last updated Jun 9, 2017



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