DPI’s Workforce Education is upskilling & re-skilling individuals for 21st-century jobs. Our North Star: Increase Chicago’s digital talent supply and drive representative economic growth in the region through innovative, mastery-oriented upskilling programs and student services designed to match student skills and career aspirations with company needs.
DPI’s Workforce Education is positioned to accelerate innovation and align the tech talent system to create a more equitable tech ecosystem.
Contact us if you are an employer in search of tech talent solutions, or an individual looking to enter into a tech field
Building a strong, equitable workforce means creating multiple on-ramps people can use to move up and within the workforce. DPI’s Workforce Education is impacting lives through system building. We are supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the tech industry by aligning key partnerships to provide underserved communities access to tech training, jobs, and further deep tech while connecting employers to the system and a new supply of talent.
In partnership with P33, DPI launched TechReady Illinois in June 2020 to help Illinois residents affected by COVID-19 gain new digital skills.
To help unemployed, furloughed and underutilized Illinoisans compete for these jobs of the future, TechReady Illinois will provide training courses for the high-demand fields of computer science, data and engineering programs.
Courses are offered in one of four tracks, with opportunities to obtain a certificate upon completion. These include:
Participating institutions include the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois System, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and City Colleges of Chicago. To participate, residents complete virtual courses, some conducted by faculty from participating academic institutions. Others are run by non-profit partners, including National Able’s IT Career Lab and i.c.stars. Many of these courses lead to industry-recognized certificates.
Computer and information technology are among the fastest-growing careers in the United States with demand for these jobs expected to grow by 16% from 2018-2026.
These jobs are also more resilient. During the last economic crisis, jobs in computing and mathematics lost just 1% of its employment in 2009 and fully regained momentum the following year, when jobs in the sector surpassed 2008 levels.
In order to serve a broad set of Illinoisans, TechReady Illinois currently offers programs valuable to both experienced technologists looking to sharpen their skills and novices interested in pivoting to a tech career for the first time.