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November 20, 2013

New Ground

A new collaboration with a Minneapolis nonprofit is testing a widened scope of information technology (IT) job training.

Since Creating IT Futures introduced its IT-Ready Apprentice Program in early 2012, two groups that haven’t qualified for the program have stood out:

  • Individuals who might qualify for the apprentice training program if they could improve their math and reading skills. 
  • Unemployed IT professionals who have solid tech knowledge but require coaching in resume writing, interviewing, and other professional skills, in order to land a job and be a successful employee in a corporate environment. 

Creating IT Futures is collaborating with the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis to put members of each of these special groups further along the path to an IT job and career.

In October, JFCS launched the IT Pathways Project and convened its first IT Pathways Bootcamp class for individuals whose math and reading skill level is holding them back from more advanced IT training. Over eight weeks, participants convene for four hours once a week to work with a tutor on basic mathematics, algebra, and geometry, as well as reading, writing, and grammar.

The IT Pathways Bootcamp curriculum is geared toward successful completion of the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), an assessment that is used in the IT-Ready Apprentice Program application process.

In addition, in 2014 JFCS will launch its first IT Pathways 2.0 class for out-of-work IT professionals.

Both JFCS IT Pathways programs are in line with the IT-Ready Labs initiative that Creating IT Futures uses to test new IT workforce development methods.

“We are delighted to collaborate with an organization that has over 100 years of experience helping families in Minneapolis to achieve economic success,” said Charles Eaton, CEO of Creating IT Futures. “We believe that their experience added to our knowledge of IT career readiness make us great training partners for building out and testing two key interventions that could really help those who are lacking opportunity to turn the corner.”

Funding for the IT Pathways Project comes from a JFCS grant secured from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, Low Income Worker Training.