The Fresh Coast Tech Up program is a bold multi-sector initiative to empower and train American workers in the information technology field with skills they need, through universities and community colleges, but also through nontraditional approaches like “boot camps” that can rapidly train workers for well-paying middle and high-skilled positions and high-growth jobs across a diversity of industries such as IT and advanced manufacturing. Information technology areas of training include: Network Security, Computer Systems Analyst, Web Developers, Application Software Developers, Systems Software Developers, and Computer User Support Specialists.
BOOT CAMP TRAINING
Cohort based training provides 16-week, instructor led, hands-on learning to prepare individuals for career opportunities in Computer User Support positions. Upon successful completion of the boot camp, individuals earn industry recognized credentials, such as COMPTIA A+ as well as an IT Service Center Technician Certificate.
- Must meet WIOA eligibility
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Eligible to work in the US
- Ability to meet basic computer literacy requirements
- Highly motivated with an interest in IT
Questions regarding this training can be directed to: TechHire@employmilwaukee.org
In addition to receiving formal training and instruction leading to industry recognized credentials in information technology, participants receive career readiness development, including resume writing, interviewing and soft skills/professionalism training.
Virtual Professional Development Workshop - Northwestern Mutual
Participants involved in TechHire training programs receive case management and career services support. Case managers and career coaches assist participants with an Individual Employability Plan to ensure success in completing the program and for job placement upon exit. Additionally, IT focused hiring events are offered for participants to explore career opportunities and speak with hiring employers.
Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA) - a collaborative of 18 southeastern Wisconsin public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities, and a network of partner organizations dedicated to closing achievement gaps and educating students today to become an innovative and nimble workforce that meets the needs of the region’s industries tomorrow.
- Industry Forum - facilitates high-level employer discussions around technical skill needs, collaboration, and job opportunities in H-1B industries. Additionally, the Council assists in identifying high level employers with technical skill needs.
- Greater Milwaukee Committee (Industry Forum Partner) – The Greater Milwaukee Committee is a private sector civic organization whose mission is to contribute to the cultural and economic base of the Milwaukee Metropolitan area. The organization is comprised of leaders in business, the professions, labor, education and philanthropy, nonprofit community development. The GMC has three key pillars: innovation and talent, economic prosperity, and vibrancy of place.
MKE Tech Hub – MKE Tech Hub movement rallies businesses, entrepreneurs, community organizations and people who share a passion for tech to come together to create a connected, sustainable, and inclusive tech ecosystem in southeastern Wisconsin.
Area Employers - Employ Milwaukee and the Tech Hire staff continually develops relationships with area employers in need of hiring tech talent.
SUCCESS STORIES AND PLACEMENT INFORMATION
Ashley S. is a graduate of the TechHire 16-week cohort for IT Service Center Technicians. Before joining the IT boot camp, she spent most of her career in hospitality and administration. Ashley had a deep desire to get into IT and did not know how to make the transition. Through the collaboration between MATC, DWD, and Employ Milwaukee, Ashley was able to obtain all the skills needed for her new career! Upon graduating, Ashley started full-time as a Computer Service Technician. Her manager has given her raving reviews, and the company has also decided to cover part of the school costs so she can continue her education!
Examples of placement titles:
- Eric M. – IT Service Desk Technician
- Nicholas F. – Back Software Engineer
- Alex K. – Technical Analyst
- Noah W. – Help Desk Technician
- Sarah S. – Assoc. Support Specialist