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November 18, 2014

18 in Omaha chase an IT career

Omaha isn’t normally mentioned in lists of up and coming metro areas, but it’s quietly becoming one. Over 1.3 million people live within a 50-mile radius. Omaha’s downtown, too, has seen tremendous building growth in recent years. The city is home to several Fortune 50 companies and boasts six (six!) national fiber optic networks. The growth shows no sign of slowing down.

With the area’s boom has come stronger demand for information technology workers. That’s why Creating IT Futures chose Omaha for the organization’s first IT-Ready Pop Up, which is currently in session. Sixteen adult students from Nebraska and two from Iowa were chosen out of more than 150 who applied for the free nonprofit program. Like the IT-Ready program’s five permanent sites around the country, the Omaha experiment trains students towards a CompTIA A+ certification and shares their resumes with area employers that are eager to interview potential employees.

The training is delivered by Creating IT Futures, but the class is hosted in Omaha by AIM, a national nonprofit that promotes IT talent development from early student interest to IT employment and career development. The organization has six locations in the West, Midwest, and South. Students visit the AIM offices five days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive the training, which includes technical skills as well as professional “soft” skills such as communication, conflict management, and leadership.

After the training, Creating IT Futures will assess how things went and whether there is interest and funding to conduct future trainings in the region. At least three other IT-Ready Pop Ups are planned for 2015, at locations yet to be determined.