Grant targets training for Information Technology jobs

• Information session scheduled for Dec. 5

Staff Report

The Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance is receiving a $288,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to help prepare 30 eligible workers for jobs related to information technology.

NIWA staff is working with area educational institutions, members of the local Information Technology (IT) Roundtable, and other employers to identify classroom and work-based training opportunities and job prospects.

The goal of the grant is to help eligible participants with an interest and aptitude in technology earn the certifications necessary to gain employment as computer programmers, system managers, software and web developers, network administrators, security specialists and other technology-related positions.

There are information technology jobs available in the Rockford area, and this grant provides a wonderful opportunity to help unemployed individuals interested in IT careers receive the training and the certifications they need to be successful,” said Michael Broski, president of Entré Computer Solutions and IT Roundtable member.

Dan Cataldi, EIGERlab executive director, added: “One of the major challenges for companies is being able to find workers with the necessary IT skills. This program will help provide additional training to workers who have already shown interest and talent in these careers.”

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has included Information Technology as one of its key employment sectors. According to the state, there were 385 job postings for IT positions in the Rockford area in the third quarter of this year.

The training is available to eligible individuals enrolled in the Dislocated Worker Program through The Workforce Connection. Apply for the program online at

An information session is scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 5, at the Regional Design Center, 315 N. Main St., in Rockford. For more information, call (815) 921-2200.

From the Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2014, issue

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