PriorITize Expands Skills of ESTs Through Level 2 and Level 3 Training and Certification

Indianapolis, IN, November 16, 2012 --( Career-advancing training is available to Electronic Systems Technicians (EST) with industry experience through a local job training and placement initiative called PriorITize. Central Indiana employers can recommend employees who would benefit from additional knowledge in network set-up, including A+ and N+ certification, wireless communications, system commissioning and user training, codes and standards, wire and cable terminations, crew leadership, project planning, quality control, document control and estimating, and other electronic systems skills. Training is available at no cost to employers and qualified trainees.

“Through PriorITize, members of our team have achieved skills and credentials that not only benefit their personal skill set, but also enhance the work they do for our business,” said Chad Brewer, Production Manager at Digitech Custom Audio and Video, Inc. “It’s unique to find a program that offers such beneficial training to current employees without a large price-tag.”

Digitech has hired one participant from EST Level 1 – job training for entry-level ESPA-certified EST® technicians – and sent four incumbent workers through higher level EST training.

Courses begin in February and are offered though Ivy Tech Community College two nights a week through June. Successful completion of EST Level 2 training and certification classes in networking and routing will result in the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications. Successful completion of EST Level 3 training and certification classes in field supervision will result in the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Fundamentals of Crew Leadership certification.

"Leading a field crew or project requires a different skill set than the technician role of installing and servicing electronic security or communication equipment. EST Level 3 provides prospective and existing crew or project leaders a critical foundation of knowledge and skills to effectively operate in these roles," said Scott Higinbotham, Learning Director at Stanley Security Solutions.

Stanley Security Solutions is one of many local employers that have shaped and benefited from the EST curriculum.

Program benefits to participants:
· Industry specific training plan.
· Coaching, evaluation and assessment from industry career advisors and expert teams.
· Assistance with tuition, books, fees, supportive services and necessary certification expenses.
· Externships and on-the-job training, when applicable.

For more information, to recommend current employers, or to express your own interest contact Will Frazier or Jan Miller at WorkOne North, (317) 228-0682 or email Participants may also apply at any Indianapolis WorkOne center or any WorkOne center in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Morgan and Shelby counties.

About PriorITize
PriorITize will train and place 300 eligible participants over three years in one of three of the fastest growing IT career positions in the Indianapolis area. The U.S. Department of Labor in June 2010 awarded a $2.9 million grant to EmployIndy to help fund the initiative. Unemployed and underemployed workers in Marion and surrounding counties are being recruited with the focus on preparing a pipeline of workers to fill high-demand career positions of Health Information Technology, Computer Information Technology, and Electronic Systems.

Key Partners in PriorITize are Ivy Tech Community College, Region 5 Workforce Board, Goodwill Industries’ Excel Center, St. Vincent Metropolitan Indianapolis Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (MICI-AHEC), Stanley Security Systems, Community Health Network, Indianapolis Housing Agency, and St. Vincent Hospital.

About EmployIndy
EmployIndy is Marion County’s local workforce development organization dedicated to advancing workforce solutions for Indianapolis. EmployIndy manages the three WorkOne centers in Marion County and invests public and private funds for job training and education services to prepare a pipeline of skilled workers to fill the high demand jobs of today and in the future. Formed in 1983, EmployIndy is led by president and CEO Brooke Huntington. For more information visit or view the 2010-2011 Report to the Community.
Kallie Sulanke