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Access to Training Grants Providing Entry to Strong IT Career Paths to End

Indianapolis, IN, March 08, 2013 --( Indianapolis unemployed and dislocated workers can access training in information technology careers through a local job training grant called PriorITize that will end this summer. The program has helped more than 215 individuals pay for training and find employment since it began in 2010. Opportunities to enroll in training will end in April.

Sarah, a PriorITize training participant, completed her Associate Degree in Computer Information Technology at Ivy Tech Community College in August. Her classes were paid for through PriorITize. She also received placement and job-readiness assistance upon completion of the program which helped her secure employment with Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana as Technical Support Analyst. Six months later, Sarah is still working and has even been promoted to Technical Support Supervisor.

“I had a great experience,” said Sarah. “I gained an incredible amount of information in an extremely short time. I was fully prepared for my new job market thanks to the PriorITize training.” (Read more about Sarah at

PriorITize, which is funded through June by a U.S. Department of Labor grant, is currently recruiting students interested in short-term training in information technology. Training opportunities include Cisco CCNA, Certified Associate Project Management, Project Management Professional, CompTIA A+ and Network +, and others. Training is available at no cost to qualified trainees. Requests for training will be accepted through April.

“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 hired one participant from PriorITize and sent four incumbent workers through additional training.

Program benefits to participants:

· Industry specific training plan.
· Coaching, evaluation and assessment from industry career advisors and expert teams.
· Industry recognized certification.
· Assistance with tuition, books, fees, supportive services and necessary certification expenses.
· Work readiness training.
· Work experience, externships and on-the-job training, when applicable.

Eligibility requirements:

· Must be an unemployed or under-employed worker.
· Must be 18, a U.S. citizen, and resident of Marion or surrounding county.
· Must have an interest and aptitude for IT related career.
· Must be willing to pursue industry certification.
· Must have a clean background check.
· Must complete work readiness training.

Training duration and dates vary by program. Individuals interested in participating in PriorITize can contact Will Frazier or Jan Miller at WorkOne Indianapolis 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 fast-growing IT careers 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. (More available at

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
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