Waterford resident Jay Braman, a software developer for 30 years, lost his job when the company where he worked closed its doors in 2013.
Following a job interview, Braman realized he needed to update his skills. Lucky for him, he heard about Code ReConnect (.net), a programming and web development training at Oakland Community College that landed him a job following eight weeks of training.
With the help of program partner Kelly Services IT, he was offered a position at Stahls’ ID Direct after completing training.
“It was a great introduction to the latest technologies and tools,” he said of Code ReConnect. “I got an excellent start on all things web.”
Funded through a $5 million U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration grant, its goal is to place local residents in high-demand programming and web development jobs.
OCC is now recruiting participants for the program’s second cohort, which has been expanded to 13 weeks of training.
“Many Southeast Michigan employers are experiencing a skills gap in technical areas, including Information Technology,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, CDF, BSP, Director, Oakland County Michigan Works! Troy. “Code Reconnect addresses the skills gap IT employers are facing.”
A critical component of Code ReConnect is its partnership with a local Workforce Agency, a training provider such as a Community College and an employer, said Kristi Arnone, EdEn Inc., who serves as the program’s grant administrator.
The training provides job candidates the preparation to enter the IT industry. Michigan Works! and Kelly Services provides interview and resume preparation, coaching and employment opportunities. OCC provides a solid, industry-driven program and Automation Alley and Kelly Services offers a network of career opportunities.
The program’s second session runs January 5 to April 2, 2015 with students testing for certification the week of March 9. A $75 enrollment fee is required prior to the first class. The entire enrollment fee is refundable upon successful completion of the curriculum and receipt of Microsoft certification.
Attending an information session is required for potential Code ReConnect candidates. To register for an information session, visit automationalley.com. They are as follow:
- 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, November 5, in Room 242 of the MTEC Building, Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills Campus, 2900 Featherstone Road
- 3-5 p.m., Monday, November 10, Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy.
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is celebrating its 50th year. OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. It offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit www.oaklandcc.edu.
By Margarita Wagerson