Demand for qualified candidates for entry-level IT roles are at record highs, while the unemployment rate for people with disabilities has sky-rocketed to more than 18 percent in recent months. Launch IT graduates will provide an effective solution to both these workforce challenges. 

Brevard Achievement Center (BAC), an industry leader in serving people with disabilities, has partnered with Codecraft Works, to create “Launch IT,” a customized educational program geared toward veterans and adults with disabilities who are interested in pursuing careers in the Information Technology (IT) field.  
Codecraft Works is an educational technology company that specializes in a blended learning approach to computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity curriculums. 

Launch IT training will be conducted via virtual platforms that are accessible to those with unique abilities, including those with visual impairments or who are deaf or hard of hearing.   

This six-month program is designed for veterans and adults with disabilities over age 18 who have an interest in a career in the IT industry. The start date for our inaugural class is March 1st, 2021 with graduation held in September. Applications are due by February 7, 2021.
 
The program offers two technical certification tracks led by the Codecraft Works team. Participants of both tracks will receive BAC’s intensive, wrap-around support services designed to build the soft skills needed for workforce readiness. When combined, these services will provide participants with the key tools and industry knowledge they need for successful employment. 

 

 

Two Technical Certification Tracks:

Web Development & Accessibility
Segment 1: Applied Digital Skill Development
Segment 2: CompTIA IT – Fundamentals
Segment 3: Google IT Support Professional
Segment 4: Google IT Automation with Python Professional Certificate

Possible Careers:
Web Developer
User Experience Designer
Accessibility Professional
Compliance Team Member

IT Services
Segment 1: Applied Digital Skills for the Workplace, G Suite Certification
Segment 2: CompTIA IT – Fundamentals
Segment 3: Google IT Support Professional, CompTIA A+

Possible Careers:
IT Support Technician
Help Desk Specialist
IT Assistant

 

The addition of BAC’s services to the Codecraft Works technical tracks will provide the added level of support, customized training and wrap-around services that will be the key difference for our participants with disabilities to thrive,” said BAC President & CEO, Amar Patel. “Our ultimate goal is to provide a pipeline of highly qualified entry-level employees who are ready and willing to fill IT support roles, with both the technical and soft skills employers tell us they are looking for in team members with or without disabilities. 

Applications for the inaugural class are now being accepted. Potential candidates should have an interest in a career in the IT industry, basic computer experience, and the problem-solving capacity to develop skills, knowledge, and workplace readiness. Because the course work will be virtual, applications are open to individuals located outside of Brevard County as well. All candidates must self-identify as a person with a disability and are expected to pass a competency assessment to determine their ability to work at the required levels of proficiency in math, communication, and social skill to be successful within the context of the program. 

Because the course work will be virtual, applications are open to individuals located anywhere in the US.
 

Training fee reimbursement is available for those with financial need. For more information about the application or scholarship process, please contact BAC Employment Consultant, Susan Bassett at 321.446.3539. 

 

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