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There are more tech jobs than tech workers in the metro. The demand for skilled IT workers is high and continues to grow. MSP TechHire offers trainings that can help you build the skills and get the certification needed to begin your IT career.

MSP TechHire prepares you for a job in tech by offering

The tech field is very diverse and the skills you learn will apply to different tech jobs. Below is information on the IT and Software/Developer tech pathways and the available MSP TechHire training options that will help you get started in these careers. 

Not sure which training or IT Career is right for you? Take the quiz and get some helpful information from CompTIA about choosing the right IT path for you. CompTIA Logo


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Upcoming Classes

Technical Support/Computer User Support Specialist

CompTIA A+ Certification Prep - Online

Jewish Family and
Children’s Service

12 -16 weeks

Free to eligible students

Classes start monthly

Technical Support/Computer User Support Specialist


CompTIA A+ Certification Prep - Classroom

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240 hours over
8 weeks, M-F
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Free to eligible students

June 10, 2019 (IT-Ready Tech Support, applications due May 17, 2019)

July 13, 2019 (IT Ready Business Analyst, applications due June 14)

August 19, 2019 (IT-Ready Cloud Support, applications due July 19, 2019)

October 21, 2019 (IT-Ready Tech Support, applications due September 20, 2019)

Cisco IT Essentials

Network Administration - Classroom

Minnesota Computers for Schools Logo

6-14 weeks



Full Stack Engineering

Coding Boot Camp - Classroom

Prime Logo

720 hours 


August 26, 2019 (applications due June 14, 2019)

September 30, 2019 (applications due July 19, 2019)

User Experience Design

Coding Boot Camp - Classroom

Prime Logo

720 hours


August 12, 2019 (applications due May 31, 2019)

.Net/C# or Java - Classroom

Coding Boot Camp - Classroom

Software Guild logo

 2 weeks


August 12, 2019 (applications due July 19, 2019)

.Net/C# or Java - Online

Coding Boot Camp - Online

Software Guild logo

10 to 14 months
720-1,020 hours


August 12, 2019 (applications due July 19, 2019)

IT Service Management

IT Service Management - Classroom

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4 weeks



Computer Support Specialist

Accredited Certificate
Program, 45 credits - Classroom

Takoda Logo

9 months

Usually free
Title IV and
Scholarship eligible


Project Management

 Project Management - Classroom

York Solutions Logo

3 weeks




MSP TechHire Partners

Creating IT Futures Logo

Creating IT Futures provides CompTIA A+ training to prepare students for careers in the IT industry, with a focus on groups underrepresented in IT. Formed in 1998 by CompTIA, the global IT trade association, Creating IT Futures provides trainees not only the IT skills, but the communication and business skills that can lead to lifetime careers. By providing access to IT jobs, Creating IT Futures is not only helping the IT industry grow and prosper – it is supporting the long-term health and welfare of underserved communities


Based in North Minneapolis and Cedar Riverside, EMERGE helps people facing significant obstacles redefine themselves. Every year, we help thousands of adults and youth access jobs, financial coaching, supportive housing, and other key services, along pathways to brighter futures. We are committed to creating better jobs, better lives, and better community. EMERGE offers basic computer skills courses and IT courses in partnership with Minnesota Computers for Schools and Creating IT Futures Foundation.


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Jewish Family and Children’s Service

Serving people of all backgrounds since 1910, Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) works with each individual to develop a customized career and training plan in our IT Pathways program. Our services also include: career planning assessments and guidance, access to a variety of online technical and professional courses, Math for IT and Writing for IT classes to improve basic skills, customer service training and certification, job search assistance and coaching, resume and cover letter writing assistance, interview preparation, access to our Employer Breakfast and CAFÉ Networking series, and ongoing one-on-one support throughout the training and job search process.

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Minnesota Computers for Schools is a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively to provide technology solutions and skills training to communities in need. MCFS partners with community organizations to deliver digital literacy, job-readiness and in-demand technology skills training. Programs range from 6 – 14 weeks with course offerings including: Digital Foundations, IT Fundamentals, IT Essentials, CompTIA A+, and website design and development.  

MCFS informational video
from the 2017 annual event

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The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) serves as a liaison and industry representative for Minnesota technology companies in the Twin Cities area and beyond. MHTA supports providing individuals with training and placement opportunities in the high-tech fields represented by our member companies.


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Prime Digital Academy is an 18-week accelerated learning program focused on helping people without professional technology backgrounds get up to speed for entry level positions in software development. Founded in Minnesota in collaboration with The Nerdery (one of the state’s fastest growing tech employers), Prime has quickly built a large employer network of over 100 Twin Cities companies who inform curriculum, mentor students and hire graduates from Prime.

Shaped by these partners, Prime’s curriculum has an approach that seeks to balance technical skills with communication and collaboration skills to position graduates to be attractive candidates. Six weeks of Prime’s program is dedicated to project-based learning where students build experience by working on real-world projects for startups, nonprofits and social ventures based in Minnesota ensuring that they graduate Prime with work in their portfolio and references who can speak to their skills as a developer.


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The Software Guild is an intensive, fast-paced apprenticeship program where you learn to be a software developer. In this full-time, 12-week or part-time 10-14 month course, you will learn either C#/.NET or Java and acquire the skills needed for junior-level developer positions. And for individuals with Java experience who want to enhance his or her programming skills, the Software Guild offers Mobile Development for Android.
   •  Career focused and relevant program teaching the languages most in-demand by Fortune 500 companies.
   •  Instructors with 9+ years of real-world, practical experience teaching what you need to know to become a successful developer.
   •  Instruction exceeds coding. Staff will help you prepare for the job search with resume building, interview practice and introductions to employers currently hiring.
   •  Guildie for Life. Graduates become part of an extended family. From the instructors to the Employer Network to fellow Guildies, you will develop a network of friends and supporters you can rely on for years to come.

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The Takota Institute of Higher Education is full service training and career services institute. Takoda Institute offers numerous opportunities for continuing education and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and is a CompTIA Authorized Academy. Courses at Takoda institute either qualify for Title IV funding or are fully funding through a variety of scholarship/grant programs.

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York Solutions Barriers to Entry (B2E) helps individuals looking to re-enter the workforce break through barriers, while providing a new pipeline of talent to drive business success for our clients. B2E focuses on helping individuals from groups under-represented in IT by providing a training and preparation for a career in project management consulting with York. The comprehensive, paid, training program is led by a trainer with executive-level experience in the IT industry.


Graduate Success Stories

Jason Hernandez

Jason Hernandez
Jason’s career path has taken some twists and turns, most notably going from being a music teacher at a catholic school in Excelsior to a technical user support analyst at Medtronic. He was searching for a change of career when he saw an ad for IT-Ready -- a CompTIA A+ certification training program from the Creating IT Futures. He applied immediately.
Once accepted, Jason’s prior computer knowledge of recording software and gaming computers was challenged and expanded. He found the collaborative environment stimulating and helpful in preparing for the CompTIA A+ certification exam. He also appreciated how the program immersed its students in the professional realm by requiring business casual dress. IT-Ready’s additional focus on soft skills such as interviewing and public speaking were especially helpful. Upon graduation, Jason landed a job at Medtronic where he is constantly learning about new programs and is fixing everything from quick computer problems to software application errors.

Catabriea White

Catabriea White - PRIME Digital Academy
A mother of two from the small town of Ramsey, Minnesota, Catabriea White was unable to complete her college degree in biomedical engineering because she needed more time to care for her young family. Being a natural problem solver, critical thinker and learner, Catabriea refused to stop her education. A few years after her children were born, she discovered PRIME Digital Academy, an 18-week computer-programming course located in the Minneapolis metro area that can turn those with minimal computer knowledge into entry level software engineers. Although she found the tech industry intimidating at first, she applied to the program knowing the knowledge and opportunities it would bring her, including strong foundations in HTML/CSS, Javascript, AngularJS and Node.JS. Emphasizing career skills as well, the program has introduced her to many potential IT employers such as 3M, Target and Medtronic through apprenticeships, mentorships and hiring fairs. Once she completes PRIME, Catabriea will be a competitive candidate for many entry-level IT positions and earning far more with her desirable skill-set.

TechHire Tuition Assistance

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Minneapolis Employment and Training – The City of Minneapolis has scholarship support available for women and minority students to attend MSP TechHire training programs. Please inquire with each program director or ask Jewish Family and Children’s Service for more information.

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To learn more about any of these options contact Tammy Dickinson from City of Minneapolis Employment and Training.


Last updated Aug 1, 2019



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