Are You Ready for a Career in IT?

We teach bright, motivated individuals who lack opportunity — free of charge — the technical and professional development skills needed to successfully secure work in information technology. These are just a few of the benefits after graduating from IT-Ready.

 

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More Earning Potential

The average salary of an IT job in Minnesota is 76% higher than the average state wage.

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Career Mobility

More than 10,000 tech jobs are open in the Twin Cities.

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Future Growth

By 2026, the number of IT jobs in the Twin Cities will grow by 7%.

 Qualification Checklist

With limited classroom space – and overwhelming demand – IT-Ready must be deliberate in its selection process, choosing motivated and interested candidates who are committed to success. The application process starts with these questions: 

  • Are you at least 18 years old?
  • Are you a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant?
  • Can you demonstrate financial need?
  • Are you a high school graduate or do you have a GED?
  • Do you have access to a computer with internet connection?
  • Can you commit to eight weeks of unpaid training?
  • Will you be open to full-time work following your IT-Ready training?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, we encourage you to apply.

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 Upcoming Classes

 

Class TypeCLASS STARTSAPPLICATIONS DUE
TSOctober 22, 2018September 21 - Applications Now Closed
QAJanuary 28, 2019January 2, 2019 Apply Now
TSApril 1, 2019March 1, 2019
QAJune 10, 2019May 10, 2019
TSAugust 19, 2019July 19, 2019
TSOctober 21, 2019September 20, 2019

All classes are held at 7505 Metro Boulevard, Edina, MN 55439.

Sondra Erickson

"Creating IT Futures' IT-Ready program allows students to learn basic IT fundamentals while also receiving opportunities for refinement on critical soft skills desired by employers. It's vital to Minnesota citizens who are looking to get started in the IT industry quickly!"

- Representative Sondra Erickson

Program Overview & FAQs

Students who enroll in our classroom-based IT-Ready Technical Support program learn technical skills to help them successfully pass both parts of the CompTIA A+ certification exam. In our IT-Ready QA class, students learn the foundational skills required to become a software tester – the best practices for breaking software and squashing bugs. 

 

All IT-Ready students also receive targeted professional development to refine critical business skills, such as communication and presentation, conflict management, teamwork and collaboration, and critical thinking and problem solving. Graduates are prepared to apply both technical and professional skills starting Day One of their next job. 

  • Q1

    How long does the class session last and how many people are in class?
    IT-Ready TS and IT-Ready QA classes take place over eight weeks in a classroom environment with one instructor and up to 25 students. IT-Ready CSIS classes run for 14 weeks. The instructor shares material in a lecture format, but leaves plenty of time for questions, group projects and one-on-one attention, as well as hands-on labs. 
  • Q2

    How much does a class cost?

    IT-Ready is underwritten by grants and financial donations, so that students can attend classes for free.

  • Q3

    How long does each class run and is it every day?

    Classes are held five days a week, Monday through Friday, beginning promptly at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Students are required to be on time every day; the program allows only one absence and two tardies. Most classes run for 8 weeks, except for our CSIS class which runs for 14 weeks.

  • Q4

    What materials do I need to take a class?

    A pencil and paper to take notes are all you need for class. Textbooks and in-class computers are provided for students. However, students must dress as they would in an employment setting in “business casual” attire. 

  • Q5

    What type of job can I expect to get after completing IT-Ready and where?

    Within four months of graduating, 75% students are working in a paid IT role in local area companies. Technical support and CSIS graduates move into help desk tech roles, building and maintaining a business’s IT environment and assisting its internal and external customers. QA graduates move into software testing roles. IT-Ready students who pass their certification exams are eligible for a tech job paying up to $15/hour. IT-Ready graduates are effectively employees of that company on a temporary, contract, or full-time permanent basis. IT-Ready staff remain in touch with graduates to ensure all goes smoothly. 

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Alumni Career Support

Our alumni benefits encourage continued professional growth and development.

 

The strong and supportive relationships we build with IT-Ready students don’t end upon their graduation and employment. IT-Ready provides alumni benefits that encourage continued professional growth and development – and offers ways alumni can “pay it forward” and help other deserving individuals. 

 

IT-Ready graduates who pass the CompTIA A+ certification exams qualify for additional IT training and certification vouchers at no personal expense.

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Alumni Success

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 Our Partners

Creating IT Futures believes strongly in collaboration to achieve shared goals.

 

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