Hired! IT Workforce Accelerator

Please join Illinois Central College, Bradley University, and Eureka College in launching the Hired! IT Workforce Accelerator project. This project represents a collaboration of industry partners and community-based organizations throughout the Central Illinois region. Our proposed project will be submitted for a federal Good Jobs Challenge grant opportunity, with awards ranging from $5 million to $25 million.

We Need Your Input

The program will be industry-driven, designed to address IT workforce shortages in our region. Which areas represent your company’s greatest IT workforce needs? Candidates with which IT credentials and micro-credentials are needed the most? Please complete the survey as soon as possible so we can assess your needs.

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Accelerated Programs

Addressing Regional IT Workforce Needs across the Talent Pipeline

The Hired! IT Workforce Accelerator project is designed with speed and flexibility in mind. IT credential and micro-credential programs will be delivered in bootcamp-style cohorts to allow participants to complete a credential and enter a new IT job rapidly. The programs will serve:

  1. Individuals who are currently uncredentialed, such as dual-enrolled high school students, new high school graduates, and uncredentialed adults;
  2. Career-changers who already have a college degree but are seeking a new career in IT; and
  3. IT incumbent workers who will upskill for promotional opportunities within the company. Their vacated jobs can then be backfilled with newly credentialed program participants.

Free Credentialing and Support

This multi-million dollar grant will provide an economic boost to Central Illinois, as we grow a skilled IT workforce across the talent pipeline. Training and wrap-around services will be provided at no cost to participant cohorts, through a Regional Workforce Partnership Model. With this model, our grant application will be stronger if companies can project specific IT hiring needs.

Regional Workforce Partnership Model

Infographic describing the partnership model

More Information

View recording of the IT Workforce Summit from 11/16/21:

Let’s address our region’s greatest IT workforce needs by bringing this multi-million dollar grant home to Central Illinois.