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Growing Resources for Information Technology (GRIT)

Growing Resources for Information Technology (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: front-end web developer/programmer analyst, computer network support specialist and network and data communication analyst. These 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. The award amount received over a 4-year period is $5,000,000 and is effective from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2016. The program provides training for participants in the seven-county area served by Midlands Technical College and Central Carolina Technical College.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Underemployed or unemployed veteran, woman, minority, or other
  • Currently reside in one of the following counties:
    • Fairfield
    • Lexington
    • Richland
    • Clarendon
    • Kershaw
    • Lee
    • Sumter
  • An associate or bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience in information technology (IT), including academic credit for military training
  • Documented IT education and work experience (i.e. resume, references, educational/training transcript or diploma, IT training certificate/certification)
  • Eligible to work in the U.S. without sponsorship

Application Process

All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements before applying to the GRIT program. The application process is competitive, and those selected will receive a full scholarship that covers tuition, books, and certification exam fees. All eligible applicants must complete the following process:

  • Submit the online application and a resume
  • Eligible applicants will be forwarded to the Midlands or Santee Lynches Workforce Development Board for enrollment in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program
  • Complete the WorkKeys and Kenexa Prove It assessments
  • Complete a SLED criminal background check
  • Participate in a hands-on exercise and interview

All applicants will receive email verification of their eligibility and information on the next step in the application process. The GRIT staff conducts a comprehensive review of the documents submitted for eligibility. Completion of the application process does not guarantee enrollment in the GRIT program. The staff reserves the right to accept or refuse an applicant based on the information provided during the screening process. The services offered through the GRIT program are subject to funding availability.

Apply Online

On-the-Job Training (OJT)

The GRIT On-the-Job Training (OJT) program provides wage reimbursements to employers to help defray the cost associated with upgrading information technology skills or training new hires in the fields of computer programming and network systems administration. OJT can assist employers looking to expand their business or enhance their use of information technology. Depending on the size of the company, OJT employers may receive 50-90% of the hourly wage paid to OJT trainees for participating in the program.

The GRIT program includes up to eight weeks of OJT for participants to build technical and soft skills through work experience with a private or non-profit employer. Participants will complete one of three 10-week or 14-week non-credit courses before their OJT work experience. The OJT will provide the practical experience employers require and provide opportunities to secure permanent jobs. Employers select the participants and conduct interviews for OJT, placement is not guaranteed.

GRIT Partners

Midlands Technical College, as the lead partner, is joined by Central Carolina Technical College, expanding the service area of GRIT to seven counties representing 20% of the state’s population, 22% of the veteran population, and 43,087 unemployed workers, nearly 500 of that are displaced IT workers with a college education. The region is home to three significant military bases and the SC National Guard headquarters. Partners in the GRIT program have been strategically selected to aid in program design and strengthen the recruitment process for diversification as well as provide On-the-job Training (OJT) opportunities. The GRIT Partners include:

  • Central Carolina Technical College
  • Insurance Technology and Services Cluster (iTs|SC)
  • Palmetto Health
  • IT-oLogy
  • EngenuitySC
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Information Technology Council
  • City of Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Columbia Economic Development Office
  • Greater Columbia Area Chapter of the Black Data Processing Associates
  • SC Commission for Minority Affairs
  • University of South Carolina’s Insurance and Risk Management Program
  • Agape Senior Care
  • Clarendon Health System
  • Tuomey Healthcare System
  • SC National Guard
  • Midlands Workforce Development Board
  • Santee-Lynches Workforce Investment Board
  • Midlands and Santee-Lynches Regional Education Centers
  • Over 20 employer partners from the insurance technology and health care industries

GRIT Training Programs

Courses are held on Midlands Technical College’s Northeast or Harbison Campuses. For the next scheduled class dates call 803-691-3963 or 803-691-3944.

Front End Web Developer/Programmer Analyst Training Program

The program provides training in front-end web development and a programming language. Additionally, training is provided in software creation, modification, and testing of server-side software applications drawn from specifications by software developers or architects.

Front-End Web Developers assist in the creation of lightweight websites and web-enabled software systems.  Programmer Analysts create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run; work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals; may assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions; and may develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information. The languages include but are not limited to Java, .NET, and Enterprise System Development.

Suggested Background

An associate’s degree with relevant experience or bachelor’s degree preferred in Computer and Information Sciences, Computer Graphics; Computer Programming, Specific Applications; Computer Programming/Programmer, General; Management Information Systems, General; Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Course Curriculum

  • Insurance Fundamentals
  • Visual Studio
  • HTML 5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • Front-End Development Project
  • Java*
  • .NET*
  • Enterprise Development*
  • Capstone Project
  • Interpersonal Strategies for Success (Problem Solving, Decision Making, Teamwork)

*Students will be trained in one programming language only.

Course Format

  • Monday – Friday
    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Estimated length of training: 14 weeks with 450 hours of classroom instruction
  • Highly recommend students attend IT networking and other presentation events

Certification

Preparation and completion of the following industry recognized certifications:

  • AINS24 – General Insurance for IT and Support

HIT Computer Network Support Specialist Training Program

Computer network support specialists provide technical assistance to computer users; answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically; and provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.

Suggested Background

An associate or bachelor’s degree in Computer Science; Computer Hardware Technology/Technician; Computer Software Technology/Technician; Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Course Curriculum

  • A+
  • Healthcare IT Technician
  • Network+
  • Security+
  • Installing & Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Administering Windowsw Server 2012
  • Customer Service
  • SQL Query
  • Exchange
  • SharePoint
  • Virtualization
  • Diagnostic Trouble Shooting
  • Interpersonal Strategies for Success (Problem Solving, Decision Making, Teamwork, Customer Service)

Course Format

  • Monday – Friday
    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Estimated length of training: 10 weeks with 250 hours of classroom instruction
  • Highly recommend students attend IT networking and other presentation events

Certifications

Preparation and completion of the following industry recognized certifications:
CompTIA

  • A+
  • Healthcare IT Technician
  • Network+

HIT Network and Data Communication Analyst Training Program

Network and data communication analysts evaluate, test, troubleshoot, and analyze existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system; and perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.

Suggested Background

An associate or bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Sciences, General; Computer and Information Systems Security; Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst; Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Course Curriculum

  • A+
  • Healthcare IT Technician
  • Network+
  • Security+
  • Installing & Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Administering Windows Server 2012
  • Customer Service
  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician
  • SQL Server Database Services
  • Application Server Administration (SQL Query, SharePoint, Exchange)
  • Exchange
  • SharePoint
  • Linux
  • Virtualization
  • Diagnostic Trouble Shooting
  • Interpersonal Strategies for Success (Problem Solving, Teamwork, Decision Making, Customer Service)

Course Format

  • Monday – Friday
    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Estimated length of training: 14 weeks with 360 hours of classroom instruction
  • Highly recommend students attend IT networking and other presentation events

Certifications

Preparation and completion of the following industry recognized certifications:
CompTIA

  • A+
  • Healthcare IT Technician
  • Network+
  • Security+

Contact Us

grit@midlandstech.edu

Office Hours
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Name

Title

Email

Phone

Lori Mack Program Manager mackl@midlandstech.edu 803-691-3944
Anabel Gomer Project Coordinator gomera@midlandstech.edu 803-691-3963
Pelham Spong IT-oLogy Job Readiness Coach pelhamspong@it-ology.org 803-234-5761

Growing Resources for Information Technology (GRIT) is funded by the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.  Award Amount:  $5,000,000 over a 4-year period.

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