America's Promise Tech Connect
A Grant-Funded, Employer-Aligned, Jobs-Focused IT Educational Opportunity
What is America's Promise Tech Connect?
America's Promise Tech Connect is an accelerated, IT-focused education program funded by a Department of Labor grant. Intended for qualified candidates unable to afford the upfront costs of higher education, Tech Connect pays for the student’s full class tuition and aims to fill today’s IT workforce gap by increasing the number of skilled IT workers in the country.
The program includes three different subject “tracks” and is designed to accelerate students into an exciting new or next-level career in IT through immersive learning and real time work scenarios. Using industry best practices to solve on-the-job challenges, students will create a portfolio of work to show potential employers or prepare for industry credential testing. Tech Connect also provides career guidance and job placement support for all participants during the program.
When are the classes?
Each program track will be offered on a continuous rolling basis throughout 2017-2020. Please see below for specific program track dates and be sure to check back frequently for program updates.
What are the class topics?
There are three non-credit program tracks to choose from:
Network Technician: The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum in this program is a gateway to entry-level networking jobs and will prepare you to take the Cisco CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) and CCNA Routing and Switching certification exams to earn the designation CCNA. Potential career pathways include: network technician, support engineer, network administrator, network designer, network engineer, and more.
Prerequisites: CompTIA A+ certification or equivalent experience.
Upcoming Class Date(s):
2/5/19 – 7/18/19
IT User Support Specialist: Prepare for a career in computer user support by learning how to install and troubleshoot operating systems, configure software applications, install and repair hardware, set up networks, and provide end-user customer support. This program track also prepares you for CompTIA A+ certification and provides two CompTIA A+ certification exam vouchers to make it easier to certify. Potential career pathways include: computer support specialist, computer applications specialist, PC technician, help desk specialist, software trainer.
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of computers and navigation in the Windows 10 operating system.
Upcoming Class Date(s):
1/14/19 – 4/17/19
3/5/19 – 6/14/19
Health IT & Management Systems Technician: Gain the knowledge and skills required to install, manage, and troubleshoot IT systems in medical and clinical settings. Learn a broad range of medical terminology, health data requirements/standards, clinical classification and coding systems, and database security required for electronic recordkeeping systems. Potential career pathways include: health information technician, health informatics specialist, medical information officer, health IT security officer, information services support technician, medical records technician, technical support specialist, information technology specialist, medical scribe.
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of computers and/or healthcare terminology.
Upcoming Class Date(s):
1/12/19 – 5/23/19
Additional Program Services
In addition to the technical training tracks, Tech Connect provides additional program support and services to students including:
ACCUPLACER Computer Basics Exam: Offered at no cost at the FCC testing center, this exam is required for all individuals desiring consideration for placement in one of the training tracks. Applicants must receive a score of 50% or above.
IT Fundamentals: For applicants who pass the ACCUPLACER Computer Basics exam and are interested in either the IT User Support Specialist or Health IT Management Systems training tracks, this 30-hour course measures foundational skills for those considering a career in IT. FCC proctors the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification exam, and those passing the exam will receive the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification designation and be placed into their chosen technical track.
Workplace Excellence Series: Offered alongside the technical training tracks, Workplace Excellence is a 30-hour course that teaches essential workplace skills that are just as important as IT skills, including strong communication, having a positive attitude, and being punctual, dependable, and responsible. The course includes 10 modules and teaches the employer’s perspective, practical skills, and the “bottom line” on a key topic so students can increase their career successes.
What are America's Promise Tech Connect’s eligibility requirements?
In addition to any specific program track prerequisites (see above), candidates must be:
- Residents of Maryland
- Unemployed, underemployed, or an incumbent worker
- Depending upon the specific track, possess a high school diploma/GED and/or some college experience (though not currently enrolled at FCC)
- Current IT workers or have relevant IT work/life experience or possess an aptitude to excel in IT
Veterans of the Armed Services are also highly encouraged to apply.
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This page will be updated regularly. Please check back often for the latest information, or email us for further information.
America's Promise Tech Connect is funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and leveraged resources, including other federal funds. One-hundred percent (100%) of the total costs of this project, or $1,077,810, will be financed by Federal resources. The product was created by the recipient and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it.