Overview

In response to the rapid growth of tech jobs, the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul have teamed up with regional employers and high-quality accelerated learning programs continuing to produce innovative programs and solutions to help meet this demand, including:

  • Prime Digital Academy offers a Full Stack software development bootcamp as well as a newer user experience design program.
  • Creating IT Futures offers hardware technical support and IT training programs through their IT-Ready 8-week intensive course.
  • Software Guild offers a software development bootcamp in either Java or .NET/C# languages and a new part-time online program.
  • NationalAble - IT Career Lab MN offers Minnesotans three different IT certifications – CompTIA Network+, Microsoft Modern Desktop Admin, and Cisco Certified Network Associate

MSP TechHire training partners prepare students through accelerated training boot camps or online training to become service/help desk, desktop support, software developers or user experience designers depending on which training students access. In addition to in-demand technical skills and job placement support, training includes soft skills like workplace communications as well as connections to employers looking at non-traditional candidates. Hired graduates receive ongoing support as they acclimate to their work environment to ensure long-term success and continued growth.

Since the program's first inception in 2015, MSP TechHire has:

  • Graduated over 1,600 students from accelerated learning programs
  • Guided 1,322 graduates to full-time positions at 500 employer partners
  • Awarded 177 scholarships to low-income job seekers
  • Placed approximately 85% of graduates into new careers

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Scholarships

    Through the Full Stack Saint Paul program, the City of Saint Paul funds a limited number of scholarships each year to extend training opportunities to community members.

    Scholarship applications must be received before starting an eligible training program.

    Applicants must:

    • Live in Saint Paul;
    • Be 18 years or older;
    • Have a high school diploma or equivalent;
    • Be unemployed or underemployed;*
      • *Underemployed includes employed residents with wages or positions below their education/training level
    • And either:
      • Be a member of an underrepresented community in technology (ie: people of color, women and persons with disabilities).
      • Have a household income of 50% Area Median Income (AMI) or below:
        • $31,650 for a family of one
        • $36,200 for a family of two
        • $40,700 for a family of three
        • $45,200 for a family of four
        • $48,850 for a family of five
        • $52,450 for a family of six
        • $56,050 for a family of seven

    Application

    To apply, contact Kathy Kinneberg, Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, at (651) 266-9862 or kathy.kinneberg@co.ramsey.mn.us.

    Last Edited: July 29, 2022