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What is IT Sector Partnership?

The IT Sector Partnership is a regional non-profit, employer-driven partnership between the tech industry, education providers, regional chambers, EDCs, and non-profits 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 in our region through skills training, talent recruitment, industry resources, and community engagement.

Our Administrative Partners comprises of Garatoni Family Office and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. The administration of the partnership is a collaboration of St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall County consisting of major cities such as South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Notre Dame, Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Plymouth, etc. We are financially supported through the Skill Up Grant and the Garatoni-Smith Family Foundation.

Our initiatives are supported by the IT Sector Partnership Steering Committee. Commenced in April of the year 2018, it is an employer-driven Committee representing employers, education providers, non-profits, regional chambers, and entrepreneurs to provide reviews on our progress and guidance for the evolving process. 

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Partnership Details

501 (c) (3) Corp.

We plan to create a 501 (C) (3) Corporation in order to conduct the business of the IT Sector Partnership.


To support the tech industry, regional employers, and our community through skills training, talent recruitment, industry resources, and community engagement.


To establish a Tech Culture facilitating the growth of existing organizations and boosting the inception of new ones, resulting in the development of workforce, community, economy, and Industry.

Skill-Up Grant
State of Indiana

We received a Skill-Up Grant from the Department of Workforce Development, State of Indiana. A portion of the Grant was utilized for providing training.

Garatoni-Smith Family Foundation

The Garatoni-Smith Family Foundation is focused on workforce, community, and economic development. It committed to funding the initiatives of the IT Sector Partnership.


Commenced in April of the year 2018, it is an employer-driven Steering Committee representing all involved groups and regions to provide reviews on our work and guidance for progress.

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Administrative Partners

Garatoni Family Office

Founded in 2008, Garatoni Family Office is a local family office in Mishawaka that focuses its efforts on education, economic development, and workforce development in order to uplift the local community.

Larry Garatoni


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Our Goals

  • Offer training to 80 students a year in technical support, software development, data science, information security, soft skills, and tech-savvy skills

  • Connect our training cohorts to regional employers for work-based learning opportunities

  • Promote regional employers and recruit at least 300 students for our employer partners at the Purdue University and Indiana University Career Fairs

  • Share tech talent database consisting of resumes and profiles of Purdue and IU students with regional employers for FREE

  • Offer DOL registered tech apprenticeships to high school graduates

  • Help the training cohorts overcome barriers to employment and training by providing resources such as job search guide, tech resources, wrap-around services, coaching, tutoring, and pre-training

  • Share information on professional, social, and civic organizations for professional development and social engagement initiatives

  • Conduct 24 HOURS of Code every summer to provide a demo of the technology field

  • Conduct Technology Day every year to connect high school students with employers for project, mentorship, and apprenticeship opportunities

  • Initiate a podcast to invite community stakeholders and ivy tech alumni for listening to their stories

  • Speak at the Rotary Clubs and Technology Councils to share our latest community initiatives

  • Become a member of organizations such as Michiana SHRM, South Bend Regional Chamber, and Greater Elkhart Chamber

  • Sponsor events such as MOMENTUM, Elkhart Business Expo, YP Summit, Summer Connect, Intern Up

  • Create awareness about the What's Next event


Contact Us

4100 EDISON LAKES PKWY, MISHAWAKA, IN 46545 | | (574) 271-5145 ext. 210

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