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The Automation Alley Technical Talent Development Program (TTDP) provides funding to local employers for high-level information technology training of both potential employees and incumbent (current) workers. The training is administered by local training providers, including corporate training companies, workforce development organizations and educational institutions.
The TTDP is made possible by a $5 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The grant includes a $1 million Challenge Fund available to Automation Alley member companies — from entrepreneurial startup firms to mature companies — with immediate IT training needs.
Want to apply for the Challenge Fund? Follow these steps:
1) If you don't already have it, download the latest version of Adobe Reader to your computer.
2) Read the Application Instructions.
3) Open the Application and save it to your computer.
4) Review the Approved Training Topics and Certifications.
5) Fill out the application on your computer.
6) Print the completed application and mail it to:
TTDP Challenge Fund
C/O Automation Alley
Troy, MI 48083
Applications must be recieved by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 to be considered.
The TTDP is not a typical workforce development program. Rather than training candidates for IT positions that may or may not already exist, the program allows employers to identify their desired candidates for available positions and then train them to the needed level of IT skill. In this way, the program addresses the skills gap in the IT industry — caused in part by the rapid development of new technologies — simultaneously deepening the IT talent pool and reducing unemployment.
Training through the TTDP is employer-driven and includes industry-recognized vendor certifications for select IT occupations*, including but not limited to: software developers for applications, database administrators, computer specialists and computer user support specialists.
Strategic Program Partners: Oakland Community College and Oakland County Michigan Works! Workforce Development Division
Current Employer Partners:
- Beaumont Health Systems, Troy
- BTR Associates, LLC, Bingham Farms
- Coil Group, Rochester
- Critical Signal Technologies, Farmington Hills
- Delphi Automotive Systems, Auburn Hills
- GalaxE.Solutions, Detroit
- Gonzalez Production Systems, Madison Heights
- HP Enterprise Services, Pontiac
- Kyyba, Inc., Farmington Hills
- Lakeside Software, Bloomfield Hills and Ann Arbor
- Merrill Technologies, Sterling Heights
- Reply, Inc., Auburn Hills
- Secure-24, Southfield
Are you a Michigan employer looking to hire new IT talent? To find out how your company can benefit from the Technical Talent Development Program, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or email@example.com.
Current TTDP employer training requests include, but are not limited to:
Agile Project Management Methodologies (PMP, CSM, etc.) | Cisco | Citrix | CompTIA | HP Training and Certifications for Testing Software Product | International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB) | Microsoft (MCM, MCTS, MCPD, MCITP, etc.) | Oracle | Personal Software Process (PSP) & Team Software Process (TSP) | Mobile App Development/Mobile App Testing | CISSP | Epic | FANUC and Rockwell | Red Hat | VMware | SAP | Others
*Select IT occupations include:
Computer and Information Systems Managers | Computer Programmers | Computer Systems Analysts | Computer Software Engineers, Applications | Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software | Network and Computer Systems Administrators (incl. Computer Security Specialists) | Database Administrators | Operations Research Analysts | Computer Specialists, All Other (includes Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers; Computer Systems Engineers/Architects; Network Designers; Web Developers; and Web Administrators) | Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts | Computer Support Specialists | Computer and Information Scientists, Research | Actuaries | Computer Hardware Engineers