From the press release:

CHAMPAIGN -- The University of Illinois Research Park is launching a free technology training program to increase skills in programming and data analytics that will elevate the tech sector workforce in Champaign-Urbana.

The program will train students and professionals seeking programming skills needed for technical roles and project work. Participants also will receive coaching and mentoring by experienced local tech professionals. 

The Research Park Technology Training Program application is now open and interested participants are required to apply by June 29, with workshops scheduled to start on July 7.

“The Research Park Technology Training Program aims to create a more inclusive and diverse tech community, and to help employees impacted during the economic factors of the COVID-19 pandemic, “ said Laura Frerichs, Executive Director of the Research Park. “We seek individuals that are passionate about career opportunities in Champaign-Urbana’s burgeoning digital and technology industry.”

Workshop topics include data analytics, coding, website development and other programming skills. No previous programming skills are required, although familiarity with technology is necessary. 

Participants can customize workshop tracks, and will have the ability to earn a tech “badge” to certify completion. Participants also will have access to job shadowing and mock interviews with local tech employers.

The deadline to apply is Monday, June 29 at 5 pm. A simple application form – and more information - can be found at researchpark.illinois.edu. 

The program is being offered in summer 2020 as a pilot with a limit on participants to maximize interaction and networking; future trainings will be scheduled in the fall.

Questions? Contact Laura Bleill, lwbleill@illinois.edu or call 217-244-7744.

Top image by Anna Longworth.