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by Kara Kavensky

Ivy Tech Community College has teamed up with Eleven Fifty Academy to create the “Accelerate Your Tech Career” (ATC) program, which is an educational partnership designed to accelerate students into careers in tech. The Accelerate Your Tech Career collaborative cohort enrollment is underway.

Both Ivy Tech Community College and Eleven Fifty Academy are focused on building a local tech talent ecosystem that benefits the individual, their employer, and their community. Through this agreement, Ivy Tech Community College will issue credit towards completion of their students’ software development certificate when students complete the accelerated Web Application Development Certificate offered through this collaboration.

The Ivy Tech Eleven Fifty partnership is designed to increase the students’ marketability and meet the demands of a growing tech workforce in Indiana. Eleven Fifty Academy’s immersive, high-intensity, project-based bootcamps provide an accelerated means to ramp quickly into a career in technology as a web developer or software developer.

“Accelerate your Tech Career is a great program for those who wish to add technical skills to their career portfolio or for those who want to dip their toe in tech and jump start a tech career,” says Linda D. Calvin Vice President, School of Information Technology, Workforce Alignment, Ivy Tech Community College. “It’s also a producer of opportunity for those who are unemployed or underemployed to create a new pathway to financial freedom!”

More good news for students is that scholarships may cover most of the cost. In 2022, Workforce Ready Grants and PISA (progressive income share agreement, a zero interest, “pay it forward” program that is substantially better than a student loan or ISA) will be available to pay for this continued program that rapidly prepares graduates to enter the workforce of high-paying careers 16x faster than via a traditional 4-year college degree, at substantially less cost, with similar placement and salary outcomes.

“Engaging with partners like Ivy Tech Community College helps us reach our goal of helping thousands enter the tech workforce,” says Scott A. Jones, President and founder of Eleven Fifty Academy. “The Academy and Ivy Tech share a history of working together to benefit communities across our state, and we are looking forward to helping even more individuals radically transform their lives through knowledge of technology, applied across many industries. Practically every company has a website. And they all need to be concerned about cybersecurity now. Through this partnership, we offer those skills rapidly, in a way that results in high graduation and placement rates into high compensation careers.”

Eleven Fifty is dedicated to skilling up individuals from diverse backgrounds, reducing barriers to entry for technology careers in web development, cybersecurity, application development, and UX/UI. The Academy is approved to accept the GI Bill for all of its courses and grant funding, such as through the CARES Act, may cover tuition for any student who is underemployed or underemployed.

Eleven Fifty Academy has consistently been named by CourseReport as one of the Best Coding Bootcamps in the nation. Eleven Fifty has a graduation rate of over 80% depending on the cohort, and approx. 70% placement rate into jobs paying entry-level compensation averaging over $55,000 to start. Many graduates are earning over $100,000 within 18 months of completing the Eleven Fifty immersive curriculum. And, now, Ivy Tech offers a certificate or degree for students in the program. The nonprofit Academy, now in its 7th year, has skilled up over seven hundred entry-level developers through their immersive learning experience. The Academy’s Apprenticeship Program with the U.S. Department of Labor places their employer partners in an excellent position for bringing on even more developers.

Ivy Tech has designed the innovative and comprehensive School of Information Technology to offer courses that respond to current and future industry demands. Careers in these fields continue to show promising growth and opportunities for students interested in pursuing a two-year degree and joining the workforce, transferring to a four-year institution, or even preparing for industry certifications. Ivy Tech School of IT has nine different programs, from software development, a nationally recognized cybersecurity program, to Network Infrastructure, and computer science and informatics degrees which transfer to four-year institutions. In the near future, the school of IT will offer a robust Cloud Computing program, as well as a cyberpreneurship degree in partnership with Martin University.

Learn more at ivytech.edu/computers. or elevenfifty.org

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