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Who We Are

IT Sector Partnership

The IT Sector Partnership is a non-profit that facilitates partnerships between employers, education providers, and non-profits to identify and fulfill the South Bend-Elkhart region’s need for tech talent through education, work-based learning, career readiness, and community engagement. The partnership serves the region constituted by St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall County.

Our Mission

At the IT Sector Partnership, we believe in the transformative power of technology and creating advancement opportunities for all. We are committed to supporting our diverse community and industries by developing tech talent pipelines through education, work-based learning, and comprehensive student resources. 

Our Vision

To enhance our community’s quality of life by developing a technologically skilled workforce through innovative educational pathways and committed student relations.

Our Organization

Our administrative partners are the Garatoni Family Office and

Ivy Tech Community College.

IT Sector Partnership is a 501 (c) (3) classified as a public charity under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 509 (a) (2).

Our Leadership


Larry Garatoni

State Trustee,
Ivy Tech Community College


Ismail Egilmez

Director of IT Sector Partnership, Garatoni Family Office


Gabrielle Cole

Project Coordinator,
Ivy Tech Community College

Steering Committee

Commenced in the April of 2018, the steering committee is employer-driven and consists of local leaders and community stakeholders. The committee supports our initiatives, collaborates on workforce development efforts, evaluates our growth, and guides our action plans. We meet 2-3 times a year to discuss our progress and plan future initiatives. The Steering Committee includes regional employers, non-profits, high schools, colleges, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Corporations, and entrepreneurs.



Assist students in getting regional work-based learning opportunities


Offer tech resources to

all students in the

training program


Enroll 50 students a year into the Six Steps to Success training program


Introduce professional development opportunities to students


Provide support services to all students in the training program


Participate in community events & activities to support partners


Introduce new technologies &
initiatives to the region


Enroll 35 students in bootcamps

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