Founded by Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and P33, TechReady Illinois is an effort to help Illinois residents hurt by COVID-19 gain new digital skills at steeply discounted tuition rates. The data shows that jobs with a tech and analytics lens consistently see higher demand than those without. These jobs also come back quicker after economic downturns.
Through TechReady Illinois, students can enroll in training programs in the high-demand fields of computer science, data and engineering at a 50-75% discount. Programs will be offered in one of four tracks: data and analytics; cloud computing; cybersecurity; or software development. TechReady Illinois offers programs valuable to both experienced technologists looking to sharpen their skills and novices interested in pivoting to a tech career for the first time. The high-quality programs come from our state's finest academic institutions and partners. Additionally, students will experience career development opportunities through TechReady Illinois with coaching and introductions to employers through select programs.
The teams at P33 and DPI will continue to expand the TechReady Illinois program with new certificates, coaching opportunities and benefits.
About Discovery Partners Institute
The Discovery Partners Institute empowers people to jumpstart their tech careers or companies in Chicago. Led by the University of Illinois System in partnership with top research universities, it does two things: tech talent development and applied R&D. DPI prepares students and workers to step into highdemand tech jobs. It also builds research teams and matches them with new funding. With state investment and a new innovation district in development, DPI has the resources to attract, develop and leverage the most ambitious people and companies the region has to offer — and keep them here.
P33 is a privately funded non-profit focused on driving inclusive, global tech and innovation leadership for Chicagoland. P33’s work is anchored in deep research and driven by a need to unlock the potential of the digital age to solve some of the toughest problems facing Chicago, such as equitable access to digital careers, talent retention, deep science commercialization and gaps in our growth stage startup ecosystem. Officially launched in 2019, P33 is co-chaired by Penny Pritzker, former Secretary of Commerce and founder and chairman of PSP Partners; Chris Gladwin, CEO and Co-founder of Ocient and Cleversafe; and Kelly Welsh, President of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago.