MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The inaugural information technology (I.T.) training program is underway at Summit Academy OIC. The pilot program is the result of a yearlong collaborative process with Summit Academy and Atomic Data.
The goal of the program is to diversify the Twin Cities’ I.T. workforce and help address the staffing shortage issues within the field. 27 students are currently enrolled in the program’s first cohort.
“With our region facing I.T. worker shortages, we have an incredible opportunity to train people for good, long-term career opportunities and bring diversity to the I.T. workforce,” said Summit Academy President & CEO Louis King,II. “This exciting new program is a key part of building a better economy in our region and connecting new employees with long-term, sustainable jobs in the I.T. field.”
The new program includes two sequential 20-week training programs to prepare graduates for employment as a Service Desk Technician or a Network Operations Center Technician. Approximately 50 students will receive training in the first year. As part of the program, each student enrolled will be offered a paid internship at Atomic Data.
“The students in our first cohort are ambitious, engaged, and ready to learn,” said Mallory Monge, Training & Development Specialist at Atomic Data. “Everyone at Atomic Data is excited to be involved in supporting these students, and are eager to contribute to their long-term success.”
The partnership is supported in part by a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board grant of $191,604. The grant is part of a program that brings together business and education in developing cooperative training programs for new or incumbent workers.
Summit Academy is located in north Minneapolis and primarily trains low-income adults from communities of color seeking a path to long-term employment. Summit Academy is a leader in workforce development in the Twin Cities, training over 800 adults each year.
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