Minneapolis

What We Do

The Minneapolis TechHire mission is to close the workforce skills gap in the high tech economy by building a path for diverse workers to access training, support and tech jobs across the Greater Minneapolis Region.

Each Minneapolis TechHire partner brings valuable insight and resources to the collaborative. Together, we increase the momentum and make the initiative stronger than any one of us could do on our own.

As one of the founding members, the City of Minneapolis is highly committed to the initiative and focuses on the following three areas:

  1. Supporting women and minorities to remove/reduce barriers to accessing alternative technology education and training opportunities;
  2. Increasing the visibility and raising public awareness of the growing, sustainable job opportunities in the technology sector by outreaching to area residents who are traditionally underrepresented in this industry;
  3. Connecting employers, training partners, and skilled job candidates to fill the in-demand tech jobs of today, and to collaboratively develop talent for the future.

Since becoming a TechHire community in 2015, MSP TechHire has achieved the following:

  • 584 trainees have completed accelerated programs (December 2016)
  • 439 graduates placed in full-time positions, with salaries averaging $47,923 (December 2016)
  • Graduates: 57% are women, 25% minorities
  • Employers range widely across industry and sectors including C.H. Robinson, the City of Minneapolis, Wells Fargo, Target, the Nerdery, G5 Solutions, Allina Health, Ceridian, Analysts
  • More than 600 employers engaged

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For more information about TechHire Minneapolis, contact Tammy Dickinson.

Catabriea White - PRIME Digital Academy

A mother of two from the small town of Ramsey, Minnesota, Catabriea White was unable to complete her college degree in biomedical engineering because she needed more time to care for her young family. A few years after her children were born, she discovered PRIME Digital Academy, an 18-week computer-programming course located in the Minneapolis metro area that can turn those with minimal computer knowledge into entry level software engineers.

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Victor Chege - Creating IT Futures Foundation - IT Ready

New Service Desk Agent for the City of Minneapolis, Victor Chege is an immigrant from Kenya with an IT background. He decided to enroll in an IT training institute that went bankrupt mid-way through his training, and left the program without the money he had invested so far. Then he learned about the Creating IT Futures Foundation’s IT Ready program – a free, eight-week training program that offers the technical and professional skills that prepares individuals for a CompTIA A+ certification and a successful on ramp into the IT industry.

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Chelsea Okey - PRIME Digital Academy

Chelsea Okey is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is a U.S. Army veteran. Seeking a career change, Chelsea debated going back to school for computer science but chose to attend PRIME Digital Academy. Now a software engineer at the Minneapolis-based company SmartThings, she recognizes PRIME for preparing her for the fast pace of the tech industry and giving her a foot in the door to a career that fit her goals.

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IT Labor Market Landscape

Below is a snapshot of the Minneapolis labor market demand for IT talent. These are the most demanded skills and occupations from 12/6/15 to 2/3/16.
Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi (projection data)

Open IT Occupations

7,934

Concentrated Demand for IT

  • 100% Minneapolis
  • 83.3333333333% Nationwide

Top Skills

Baseline Skills

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Organizational Skills
  3. Writing
  4. Problem Solving
  5. Troubleshooting

Software and Programming Skills

  1. SQL
  2. JAVA
  3. Microsoft Excel
  4. Oracle
  5. Microsoft Windows

Top Occupations

Top 5 Occupations

  1. Software Developer / Engineer
  2. Systems Analyst
  3. Business Intelligence Analyst
  4. Database Administrator
  5. Computer Support Specialist

Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)

  1. Information Security Analysts
  2. Computer Systems Analysts
  3. Software Developers, Applications
  4. Computer User Support Specialists
  5. Software Developers, Systems Software

Community Partners

The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the Minneapolis TechHire effort a success:

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AIM Consulting
AirVuz (through Robert Half)
Alliance of Computer Prof's (ACP)
Allina Health
Ambient Consulting
Ameriprise
Analysts International Corp (AIC)
Apex Systems
Apruve
Atomic Data
AVI Systems
Avionte Solutions
Aware Web Solutions
Baker IT
Beacon Hill
BI Worldwide
Blue Earth Interactive
Boom Lab
Brick
Brooksource
Bruce Shapiro
C2 IT Solutions
CAD Technology Center
CampusLogic, Inc.- AZ
Capstone Publishing
Centrav
Ceridian
CH Robinson
Clifton Larson Allen
Code 42
CompuCom
CRC Marketing Solutions
Dow Jones
DRC (Data Recognition Corp)
ESP IT
Experis
Experis IT
Fishbowl Solutions
Fjorge Digital
Foundry
Fox Technical Services
G5 Solutions- WI
Genesis 10
GreatBizTools
Hallet Financial Group
HealthPartners
HOM Furniture
HomeSpotter
Identifix, Inc
Imagine IT
Improving Enterprises- TX, OH, MPLS
Infinity Consulting Solutions
Insight Global
Intuitive
Irish Titan
ITR Group
Kforce
Kinetic Data
KonnexMe
Lemond Technologies
Lifetime Fitness
LinkUp
Logic Information Systems
Lorton Data
Magenic
Mall of America
Mayo Clinic
McCormick Computer Resale, Inc
Medica
Medtronic
Miller Tax and Bookkeeping
Myriad Mobile
Naming is Hard, LLC
Olson
Open Systems Technology (OST)
Optum
OurFamilyWizard
PearsonVUE
Phillips Technical Search
Pixelsmith
Pleasant Consulting
Prime Digital Academy
Process Displays
RBA, Inc- DALLAS, DENVER, MPLS
Red Wing
Robert Half
SDG (Solution Design Group)
Signature Consultants
Simacor
Sirva- Akron and Mpls
Skees Consulting- Mpls and Bismarck, ND
Slyce
Smart Things
Space150
Spok, Inc.
Spyder Trap, Inc.
STAR Collaborative
Sundog
SWAT Solutions
Synechron
Target
TEK Systems- multiple locations
TempWorks
TEN7 Interactive
The Latitude Group
The Nerdery- MN, CHICAGO
Thomson Reuters
Three North Agency
Titan Data
TPS (Technical ProSource)
TPT
Truenorthlogic- Utah
U of M
Verisae
Versique
Virteva
WAND
Wells Fargo
West Academic
When I Work
York Solutions
Zipnosis
Starkey Hearing Technologies
Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC
PulaTech Inc.
LeadPages
TechPro Source
The Hunt Group
IWCO Direct
Randstad Technologies
Empulse Company
General Mills
Equity Staffing
RevTrak
MN.IT
Hennepin County
SkyWater Search Partners
Modis
DevJam
Hallmark Business Connection
SNI Technology
SuperValu
EMERGE
American Indian OIC
Capella University
City of Minneapolis
Jewish Family and Children’s Services