Mayor Hodges, City Bring Tech Training Opportunity to Cedar Riverside Neighborhood
First Neighborhood Info Session on TechHire Initiative to Take Place Tomorrow at Brian Coyle Community Center
September 2, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) –Mayor Betsy Hodges and the City of Minneapolis in partnership with EMERGE Development Community and Creating IT Futures Foundation announced today the launch of a free 10 week IT-Ready career certification program geared specifically for young adults aged 18-24 in the Cedar Riverside Neighborhood. Residents interested in the program can attend the first of several information sessions tomorrow Thursday, September 3rd at noon at the Brian Coyle Community Center.
The IT career training is part of the Mayor and City’s TechHire initiative which aims to increase the number of women and people of color working in the tech sector by providing nontraditional, accelerated technology training and support. The City of Minneapolis is one of over 20 cities committed to this initiative nationally, and in March was officially named a TechHire city by the President of the United States.
“With an 8.36% increase in tech job employment gains Minnesota is leading the nation according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges.  “For Minneapolis to remain competitive we need to make sure our workforce supply matches the needs of employers and engages the genius of our diverse population. By bringing TechHire to Cedar Riverside, we are taking one more step toward that reality and ensuring that access to employable skills training is accessible for more people within our city.”
“It is exciting for Minneapolis to be one of the first regions in the country to be selected for the TechHire initiative,” said Ward 6 Council Member Abdi Warsame. “I am pleased that this effort is coming to Cedar Riverside in the form of IT-Ready.  Through this campaign people will be trained to access well-paying technology jobs. These are the kind of jobs that provide a livable wage and a path to the middle class.”
“We are very excited to build our career partnerships in the IT field in Cedar Riverside,” said Mike Wynne, President & CEO of EMERGE. “We know there are many people who are ready and motivated to learn these skills.  We hope this will only be the beginning of an ongoing set of opportunities so that all of community can participate in the new economy.” 
Classes will begin on October 12 at the new EMERGE location in the Riverside Apartments. For 10 weeks students will get hands-on training taking apart and building desktop computers and other hardware; learning about motherboards, printers, peripheral devices, memory and physical storage; connections and mobile devices; setting up computer networks and troubleshooting networks, displays, printers and operating systems; configuring systems; and securing networks, systems and data. 
“We launched IT-Ready in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in 2012, and it’s been a tremendous success,” said Sue Wallace, Executive Director, Minnesota, Creating IT Futures Foundation. “With more than 60 local employers now on board and having trained more than 150 hard-working people for IT careers, we’re excited to work closer with Mayor Hodges and the City of Minneapolis to expand IT-Ready and support the White House TechHIRE Initiative in Minneapolis.”
The Cedar Riverside IT-Ready program is funded by the City of Minneapolis, Creating IT Futures Foundation, and the Pohlad Family Foundation.
What: Information session and application help for IT-Ready career certification program in Cedar Riverside neighborhood
Where: Brian Coyle Community Center (420 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis)
Times: 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Dates: September 3, September 10, September 17, and September 24. 
Applications are due by Thursday, September 24, 2015.

Published Sep 2, 2015



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