Tech Collective 'IT On Demand' Program

Program Overview | 2013 Session | Employer Participation | Candidate RecruitmentApproach | Contact | Press Release

2013 Session Highlights:
VMware Training
Business Management Certification
Experiential Learning 

IT On Demand Program Overview:
Designed and delivered with industry involvement, Tech Collective’s IT On Demand program provides unemployed and underemployed IT practitioners with technical, business, and experiential training. The IT On Demand program is funded by a Governor’s Workforce Board Rhode Island Innovative Partnership Grant.

Geared at workers with prior IT knowledge and experience, the program aims to ‘skill up’ participants and prepare them to re-enter the workforce at the mid-level. The 14-week program consists of three training components:

  • Technical: the most in-demand technical practice area as chosen by RI IT employers
  • Business:  including customer service, critical thinking, communication, and  project management
  • Experiential: an 8-week, hands-on learning component with a RI IT employer

Fall 2013 Session: 
The program pilot will host 15 participants and run from Sept. 16 through Dec. 20, 2013. Participants will be trained in VMware Data Center Virtualization with the opportunity to become VCP5-DCV certified. New Horizons will provide the technical training. Business skills training will be provided by Bryant University, with participants earning a Business Management Certificate. The third component of the program is an experiential learning opportunity with a RI IT employer. It is anticipated the participant will be hired after successful completion of the 8-weeks.

Employer Participation:
Tech Collective is seeking RI IT employers to host program participants for the 8-week experiential learning component. Participants will have previously completed the technical and business components of the program. Employers will interview and select candidates. Employers are asked to have open positions they are looking to have filled by the program participants at the completion of this component.

Candidate Recruitment:
Candidate applications are now being accepted. Candidates must be unemployed or underemployed. Preferred candidates will possess an IT degree; equivalent IT training, education, or certifications; or have a minimum of two years IT experience. Tech Collective will recruit and screen candidates for the program. Participating RI IT employers will make the final selection of program participants.

Eligibility Requirements:
Age: must be 18 years of age or older
Residency: RI residents preferred
Work Status: must be a US citizen or able to work in the US
Employment Status: unemployed or underemployed
Education/Experience: IT degree; equivalent IT training, education, or certifications; or minimum of two years IT experience (e.g. networking, server, help desk/desktop support, systems administration, customer service/soft skills)
BCI Check

To Apply, Submit:
Application Form (download here)
- Letter of Interest (500 words or less) addressing the questions: 

  • Why are you passionate about technology?
  • What makes you a good candidate for this program?

All documents should be sent to Chris Selwyn:
telephone: (401) 521-7805 x108
fax: (401) 521-7809


An Evolved Approach:
As the IT industry continues to evolve, so does the approach to developing its talent. The IT On Demand program brings the viability of RI IT employers, education institutions and organizations, and Tech Collective's previous workforce training program experience to create one well-rounded curriculum serving participants who have already demonstrated their propensity for IT.

Companies currently involved in the design and implementation of this program include:
- PC Troubleshooters, Inc.
- Atrion Networking Corporation
- CVS Caremark
- State of Rhode Island
- Envision Technology Advisors
- netsense
- Bryant University (training provider)
- New Horizons (training provider)


Chris Selwyn
Industry Career Advisor
Tech Collective
(401) 521-7805 x108

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The IT On Demand program is funded by a Governor's Workforce Board of Rhode Island Innovative Partnership Grant.


Program Overview | 2013 Session | Employer Participation | Candidate RecruitmentApproach | Contact | Press Release


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