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IT Sector Partnership

Building a tech workforce in the South Bend - Elkhart region

About Us

The IT Sector Partnership (affiliated to Ivy Tech Community College) is a non-profit partnership between employers, education providers, non-profits, regional chambers, and EDCs, that focuses on the workforce needs of the technology industry in the South Bend - Elkhart region. The goal is to identify and fulfill the need for tech talent, skills, and technologies through education, tech resources, support services, career readiness training, work-based learning, tech events, and community engagement.

Our Services

Tech Training
Work & Learn
Career Readiness
Job Search

Meet The Team

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Larry Garatoni

State Trustee, Ivy Tech Community College

Shabbir Qutbuddin

Director, Ivy Tech Community College

Gabrielle Cole

Project Coordinator, Ivy Tech Community College


All in all, I'm impressed by what education they offered without me having to pay any tuition, they go the extra mile to organize financial aid. I was honestly still intimidated a bit by computers when I started the IT Sector Partnership. Despite using them my entire life I'd never thought of myself as a "techie" in any sense. But the certificate program I completed did a great job of orienting me to the field in the beginning with the CompTIA A+ prep course. Now I have a strong foundation to learn more about both computers and programming. I hope once completing the A+ certification to go into a coding Bootcamp with the skills I've learned.


The IT Sector Partnership has been a life changing experience for me. I've had an interest in Information Technology for a while but didn't know how to get started. There was a speaker at a mandatory workshop at Workforce Development that gave information about how to get started in the program. I signed up for the program and have learned a lot about computers. I have no doubt that I am going to be able to start a career in the IT field making really good money in the near future. I feel really blessed to have the opportunity.