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
  • Hack the Gap offers a UX design program and a software development training program. They also offer a free online Full Stack Foundations course and a UX design starter kit for those just getting started in this field.

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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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


For information on how to apply for a 2023 scholarship, please contact Annie Byrne at annie.byrne@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

Last Edited: May 5, 2023