OCC Prepares Michigan for High-Demand IT Jobs


With the help of a $5 million federal grant, Oakland Community College is hosting a 13-week program in January to match the demand for more programming and web development jobs in Michigan. 

“Many southeast Michigan employers are experiencing a skills gap in technical areas, including information technology,” says Jennifer Llewellyn, director of Oakland County Michigan Works! Troy. “(This program) addresses the skills gap IT employers are facing.”

Called Code ReConnect, the program — which runs from Jan. 5 to April 2, with students testing for certification the week of March 9 — offers courses in HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, MVC 4 in ASP.NET, and Entity Framework. 

A critical component of Code ReConnect, was the funding through a $5 million U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration grant, and its partnerships, says Kristi Arnone, the program’s grant administrator.

Arnone says while Michigan Works! and Kelly Services provide interview and resume preparation, coaching, and employment opportunities; OCC offers an industry-driven program; and Automation Alley and Kelley Services Inc. will deliver a network of career opportunities.

A $75 enrollment fee is required prior to the first class. The entire enrollment fee is refundable upon successful completion of the curriculum and receipt of Microsoft certification.

Potential candidates are required to attend an information session about the program. The next session is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Automation Alley in Troy.

For more information, visit automationalley.com.