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Growing Resources for Information Technology (GRIT)

GRIT Program

The purpose of the Growing Resources for Information Technology (GRIT) program is to build a training infrastructure to high-growth, high-demand information technology occupations for unemployed veterans, minorities, women and others through a technical skills program that includes on-the-job training (OJT). The GRIT program identifies insurance and healthcare information technology as two industry sectors whose growth is jeopardized by regional skill and training gaps. Participants will receive training through the Corporate and Continuing Education Division, and an opportunity to be considered for an OJT experience with local employers.

Regional employers in insurance and health care IT departments anticipate needing nearly 2,200 new and replacement IT workers over the next four years. The GRIT program provides training exclusively for the three occupations in the highest demand among insurance and healthcare industries: programmer analyst, computer network support specialist and network and data communication analyst. All of the target occupations are on the H-1B Visa list and account for nearly three out of every four IT job openings in the local insurance and health care industries. The program provides tuition, books, and multiple certifications, at no cost to eligible participants. If you meet the eligibility criteria, please submit an online application.

The GRIT program is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Award Amount: $5,000,000 over a 4-year period. Grant Period: April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2016.

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