Bloomington coworking center The Mill, Wisconsin-based startup accelerator gener8tor, and Ivy Tech Community College are launching a program to help people gain digital skills in IT administration. The collaboration builds on The Mill and gener8tor’s partnership called The Mill Code School.

The program is being funded in part through a $100,000 investment by the city of Bloomington and uses a cohort model for job seeker training, support and placement.

“We are excited to be expanding the programming for The Mill Code School to include IT Administrator. This program has transformative potential for struggling individuals, families, and Monroe County’s economy,” said Pat East, executive director of The Mill. “Earning industry-recognized certifications and credits toward an academic pathway at Ivy Tech provides an additional benefit and access to high-paying jobs in high demand. Over 3.9 million IT Administrator jobs were posted on LinkedIn in 2020. Pivoting our skill building and learning to reflect the market is imperative to our community lifting itself out of economic uncertainty.”

The partners say the program is focused on quickly getting people into jobs in the digital economy, and is tailored to those seeking to develop new skills or become proficient in a variety of in-demand IT technologies and programs.

“Partnering with The Mill and gener8tor to engage un- and underemployed or traditionally underrepresented in the digital economy, get skills and help to move into tech careers was a no-brainer,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “The last year has proven IT and digitally enabled careers will be more and more important in our community. We look forward to contributing our piece to make this a success.”

Through the partnership, participants will be able to leverage the resources of the organizations to find a living-wage job within the community. The final week of the program includes an “interview swarm” where participants will use their new technical and job-seeking skills to impress hiring companies during a speed-dating-style facilitated meet-up.

The deadline to apply is May 5. The course runs from May 10 through July 16.