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 Creating IT Futures.

 

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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 training?

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

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 Upcoming Classes

 

Class TypeCLASS STARTSAPPLICATIONS DUE
Technical SupportOctober 14, 2019September 13, 2019 - Applications are now closed.

All classes are held at 7505 Metro Boulevard, Edina, MN 55439, unless otherwise noted. Classes for 2020 will be announced in late fall 2019.

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

Overview & FAQs

Students who enroll in our IT-Ready Technical Support program learn technical skills to help them successfully pass both parts of the CompTIA A+ certification exam.

All 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?

    All classroom-based Creating IT Futures classes take place over eight weeks with one instructor and up to 25 students. 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?

    Creating IT Futures’ classes are 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. 

  • Q4

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

    Technical support graduates move into help desk tech roles, building and maintaining a business’ IT environment and assisting its internal and external customers. 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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