Please find the frequently asked questions regarding the IT Sector Partnership below:
What is IT Sector Partnership?
The IT Sector Partnership is a regional non-profit that focuses on the workforce needs of the Information Technology Industry in the South Bend - Elkhart region.
Is IT Sector Partnership a Non-profit Organization?
Yes, IT Sector Partnership is a Non-profit Organization and is associated with another Non-profit Organization called "Garatoni-Smith Family Foundation".
Who are the stakeholders in the IT Sector Partnership?
The Stakeholders include Regional Employers, Education Providers, Regional Chambers of Commerce, and Regional Non-Profits.
Who are the administrative partners of the IT Sector Partnership?
Our administrative partners include Garatoni Family Office, South Bend Regional Chamber, Horizon Education Alliance, and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.
What is the Steering Committee in the IT Sector Partnership?
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.
What areas does the IT Sector Partnership serve?
We serve St. Joseph County, Elkhart County, and Marshall County in Indiana. The major cities consist of South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, and Plymouth.
In what particular technology fields can the IT Sector Partnership help me make a career?
We can help you make a career in Information Technology, Computer Science, Information System, Data Science, and Data Analytics.
What are the goals of the IT Sector Partnership?
The goal is to identify and fulfill the need for IT talent in our region via Career Pathways, IT Training, Employer-Talent Connections, Summer Internships, Community Engagements, Coding Events, and Work-Based Learning.
What are Career Pathways?
Career Pathways is a workforce development strategy to support workers’ transitions from education into and through the workforce.
What Career Pathways does the IT Sector Partnership offer?
We are currently offering the Technical Support and Software Development Pathway. We will also be offering Data Science & Data Analytics, Network & Systems Administration, and IT Security in the near future.
What is the Technical Support Pathway?
Technical support refers to services that entities provide to users of technology products or services. You can learn more about the skills, career areas, jobs, and salaries involved with the Pathway at this link.
What is the Software Development Pathway?
Software development refers to creating & maintaining applications, frameworks, or other software components. You can learn more about the skills, career areas, jobs, and salaries involved with the Pathway at this link.
Which organizations are offering training through the IT Sector Partnership Training Program?
We are offering skills training through 3 organizations in the order of preference i.e. Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University South Bend, and Indiana Tech.
How do I apply for the IT Sector Partnership Training Program?
You can apply for the IT Sector Partnership Training Program by filling our Application Form. You can visit the following link.
What do I do after filling the Application form?
Once you have submitted the Application Form, you will receive an Email within 72 hours from the IT Sector Partnership confirming your submission and describing the next steps.
What are the next steps once I have received the confirmation Email for Application form submission?
After receiving the confirmation Email for the Application Form submission, you will be contacted by a Goodwill Industries of Michiana representative to schedule a one on one meeting.
What is going to happen at the meeting with Goodwill Industries of Michiana?
The objective of this meeting will be to answer your queries and also provide information on the Training Readiness Analysis.
What is Training Readiness Analysis?
It is the analysis of your level of preparation that is done through two to three different types of assessments offered at Goodwill Industries of Michiana.
What if I am not prepared to pursue the IT Sector Partnership Training Program?
If you seem partly prepared from the results of the assessments, you will have to go through some Training Readiness Preparation.
What is Training Readiness Preparation?
It is a pre-training that will be offered through Goodwill Industries of Michiana to help you acquire the required knowledge and skills to be eligible for the ITSP Training Programs.
What if I am prepared to pursue the IT Sector Partnership Training Program?
If you seem fully prepared from the results of the assessments, then you will be connected with WorkOne Northern Indiana to learn about the next steps.
What is going to happen once I am connected with WorkOne Northern Indiana?
They will meet you to talk about Career Pathways, Training Programs, Barriers to Training, and Financial Aid options.
What are the Barriers to Training?
The Barriers to Training can be either a personal or academic problem that is acting as a roadblock to your completion of the training.
How will WorkOne help me if I have Barriers to Training?
They will help you explore ways to overcome any Barriers to Training and act as Mentors while you are going through your training.
How will WorkOne help me with Financial Aid?
They will assist you with finding the right Financial Aid option for you with the help of Education Providers; so you can pursue the Courses and Certifications at one of the three Education Providers Institution.
What is the next step once I have found the Financial Aid option and ways to overcome training barriers?
You will select the career pathway, skills, and courses you want to pursue at one of the three Education Providers from the information received during the meeting with WorkOne Northern Indiana.
How do I enroll in the training program once I have selected the pathway, skills, and courses?
After confirming your eligibility for prerequisites and financial aid, you will be enrolled in a credit or non-credit cohort at one of the three Educational Institutions.
Would someone be able to help me if I face academic problems during the Training?
Yes, each education provider will have mentors that will help you with any academic issues you are facing during the training program.
Can the IT Sector Partnership help me get employment opportunities once I have finished my training?
We will be working with employers to help you get Summer Internships, Apprenticeships, or Full-time opportunities in the regional companies through our Talent Database.
What is Talent Database?
It is a Database that consists of the Student Profiles and Student Resumes that can be used to connect the regional employers to the Students.
Can the IT Sector Partnership help me with Professional Development and Networking?
We will provide you information on the regional Professional Organizations that organizes events to help the community people with professional development, networking, etc.
Can the IT Sector Partnership help me learn more about the region?
We will provide you information on the Social and Government Organizations that organizes social and civic activities throughout the region.
What is the Community Engagement Program?
It is an 8-week program that consists of professional development series, common housing, and social events for the Summer Interns in the region.
How do I participate in the Community Engagement Program?
You can visit the Summer Connect link if you're residing in the South Bend area or the Intern Up link if you're residing in the Elkhart area to learn more about participating in the Program.
How do I apply for the common housing?
You can visit the IUSB Housing link to learn more about the availability of accommodation for both the South Bend area and Elkhart area.
What is 24 Hours of Code?
It is an event that consists of one-hour, learn-to-code introductory classes throughout our region for 24 HOURS straight. You can learn more about the event at this link.
How do I participate in 24 Hours of Code event?
More information on the registration process for the event will be coming soon.