Programs

This catalog provides you with a comprehensive listing of tech programs provided by Illinois’ academic institutions within our tech paths. Use the filter to adjust the listing accordingly and view the program details for more information.

Thank you to our program partners for their generosity in helping us expand access to TechReady Illinois by reducing their program costs.

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    Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for Leaders

    In this digital age, more companies are making use of artificial intelligence (AI) as a way to increase productivity. But as a result of this shift, organizations face an entirely different leadership challenge. What do leaders need to know to effectively integrate AI into their organizations? And how do leaders design organizational structures that take into account the roles of humans and machines in integrated teams? If you are a manager or leader of a technical team, analytics group, or any other function that leverages data science, this program will help you to better understand AI and the opportunities and risks of an AI-driven organization.

    Education partner

    The University of Chicago

    Cost information

    $2,200 

    Level

    Foundational

    Track

    Data & analytics
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    Program duration

    Eight Weeks

    Hours per week

    3-4

    Available date

    September 22nd 

    Key skills

    • Identify new skills and abilities that are necessary for your business
    • Develop a strategic plan to manage change within your team, function, or organization
    • Identify the risks and rewards of new data science projects.
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    If you live in Illinois and are a displaced worker, click the "Get started" button and it will take you to Illinois workNet where you will need to create an account. You will then receive an invitation email from Coursera to access your the site. Once on the Coursera site, scroll to TechReady Programs or simply search for "AWS Fundamentals."

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    AWS Fundamentals Specialization

    This specialization gives current or aspiring IT professionals an overview of the features, benefits, and capabilities of Amazon Web Services (AWS). As you proceed through these four interconnected courses, you will gain a more vivid understanding of core AWS services, key AWS security concepts, strategies for migrating from on-premises to AWS, and basics of building serverless applications with AWS. Additionally, you will have opportunities to practice what you have learned by completing labs and exercises developed by AWS technical instructors.

    Education partner

    Coursera

    Cost information

    Now FREE for any displaced Illinois worker through Illinois workNet Center's portal, for a limited time. Others may access courses through coursera.org.

    Original price was $237 for certificate ($399 for full-year access).

    Level

    Foundational

    Track

    Cloud computing
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    Program duration

    20 weeks

    Hours per week

    2 hours per week

    Available date

    Start Anytime

    Key skills

    • AWS Cloud
    • Cloud Storage
    • Cloud Computing
    • AWS Lambda
    • Amazon API Gateway

    Program prerequisites

    Open enrollment

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    If you live in Illinois and are a displaced worker, click the "Get started" button and it will take you to Illinois workNet where you will need to create an account. You will then receive an invitation email from Coursera to access your the site. Once on the Coursera site, scroll to TechReady Programs or simply search for "AWS Fundamentals."

    If you are not a displaced worker, you can access the program directly on Coursera.

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    Business Analytics Skills iCademy

    We live in a day when data is quite literally raining from the sky. Artisanal data analyses that rely on point-and-click methods make it hard to keep up with the increasing number of analyses that are needed in nearly every organization and department.

    The Analytics iCademy has a variety of competencies that provide foundational and advanced resources to ease the burden you face when learning about data analytics. Within each competency, skills are organized based on the analytic platform that you want to learn, such as Excel, R, or Python. Each skill is designed so that you can complete it in a relatively short amount of time and at your own pace, and when you’re ready to do so.

    Education partner

    Illinois Gies College of Business

    Cost information

    Discounted to $24.75 from $99 for TechReady Illinois - use code GiesDPI75 at checkout

    Level

    Foundational

    Track

    Data & analytics
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    Program duration

    30 hours

    Hours per week

    This is a self-paced offering that provides leaners the flexibility to learn at their own pace

    Available date

    Start Anytime

    Key skills

    • Data and its properties,
    • Data visualization in Excel and Tableau,
    • Regression in Excel,
    • Advanced regression topics in Excel, and
    • Introduction to automation in Excel.

    Other competencies available and coming soon include:

    • Assembling Data - You will learn about what makes data useful for decision making.
    • Visualization - Foundational principles for visualizing data are discussed, as well as how to build a wide variety of visualizations using popular data visualization software.
    • Getting Started with a Data Analytic Language - You will become familiar with a coding environment, and get started using written commands to prepare data, analyze it, and share the results with others.
    • Machine Learning - You will learn some basic analyses, as well as how to take advantage of powerful machine learning techniques like time series analysis, random forests, and text analysis for extracting insights that may be buried in the data.
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    Certificate in A+, Network+, Cyber Tech

    This program is designed for students seeking knowledge that will prepare them for entry level careers in cyber security and the certificate awards CEU.

    Education partner

    Illinois Institute of Technology

    Cost information

    Discounted to $1200 per course from $2650 per course for TechReady Illinois

    Financial assistance may be available if you are unemployed or meet federal low-income guidelines for job training - for more information contact Hong Zhang at [email protected]

    Level

    Foundational
    Intermediate

    Track

    Cybersecurity
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    Program duration

    32 weeks

    Hours per week

    15

    Available date

    January 11 - if interested in an earlier start date, email [email protected]

    Program prerequisites

    Participants must have knowledge of PC hardware and software, knowledge of operating systems, and knowledge of file and directory concepts for acceptance into the A+/Network+/Security+ program. An additional question-and-answer session regarding prerequisite knowledge for admission may be required.

    Program courses

    Completion of the following three courses is required to achieve the certificate:

    • IT 801 - A+ Certification Training
    • IT-O 840 - Network+ Certification Training
    • IT-S 848 - Cyber Security Technologies
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    Cisco Cybersecurity Essentials

    Gain foundational knowledge and essential skills for all cybersecurity domains, including info security, systems security, network security, ethics and laws, and defense and mitigation techniques used in protecting businesses. This is a self-paced course.

    Education partner

    City Colleges of Chicago

    Cost information

    FREE

    Level

    Foundational

    Track

    Cybersecurity
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    Program duration

    30 hours to complete program

    Hours per week

    Available date

    Start Anytime

    Program prerequisites

    Must be 18 years old and a resident of Chicago

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    Cybersecurity Boot Camp

    Cybersecurity is a growing field that spans across all industries. It is also a culture – a constantly evolving and expanding niche – specially suited to life-long learners, problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and collaborators. To help fill the need for qualified cybersecurity professionals, City Colleges of Chicago offers a cybersecurity boot camp to people looking to take their career to the next level. This boot camp provides both expert instruction and the equipment necessary for students to pass the CompTIA Security+ certification exam, a highly valued industry certification. Classes will take place at Harold Washington College, Wilbur Wright College, and Kennedy-King College.

    Education partner

    City Colleges of Chicago

    Cost information

    $1300, Financial assistance may be available - find out more by clicking "Get Started"

    Level

    Foundational
    Intermediate

    Track

    Cybersecurity
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    Program duration

    15 weeks

    Hours per week

    11 hours/week

    Available date

    August 24

    Key skills

    CompTIA Security+

    Program prerequisites

    Combined previous technical training and/or experience at a level equivalent to a CompTIA A+ certification or above

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    1. Click on the "Get Started" button on this page
    2. Click on the "Join Us" button on the IT Career Lab page
    3. Sign up for an information session
    4. Meet with IT Career Lab career counselor to determine program fit and availability of financial assistance

    Career Advancement Experience provided by IT Career Lab

    Data Analytics / PowerBI

    The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Power BI (MCSA) certification validates the ability to create and optimize data visualization techniques via specific tool types. This certification ensures that students can create and identify key performance indicators, and successfully manipulate and cleanse data.

    Education partner

    IT Career Lab

    Cost information

    $10,800, Financial assistance may be available - find out more by clicking "Get Started"

    Level

    Foundational
    Intermediate

    Track

    Data & analytics
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    Program duration

    10 weeks

    Hours per week

    18

    Available date

    Ongoing

    Key skills

    Microsoft PowerBI

    Program prerequisites

    Working knowledge of MS Access or MS Excel

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    1. Click on the "Get Started" button on this page
    2. Click on the "Join Us" button on the IT Career Lab page
    3. Sign up for an information session
    4. Meet with IT Career Lab career counselor to determine program fit and availability of financial assistance

    Career Advancement Experience provided by IT Career Lab

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    Contact Karine Bravis at [email protected] to enroll with TechReady discount. Along with the completed online application, we require: $40 application fee, personal statement, resume, and transcript confirming bachelor's degree.

    Career Advancement Experience provided by TechReady Illinois

    Data and Analytics for Business Professionals

    Students in the Data Analytics for Business Professionals certificate acquire technical analytics communication skills, enabling them to effectively manage analytics teams, translate analysis into business objectives, and improve their evidence-based decision-making abilities. Data Understanding and Preparation, the first core course in the program, guides students through sourcing, preparing, and manipulating their data. In the next course, Data Visualization and Storytelling, students will learn to apply data analysis, data visualization and data storytelling methods to analyze and describe patterns, and to iteratively form and test hypotheses related to the business questions. Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning, the final core course in the program, introduces students to the theory and practice of machine learning. Students will learn how to implement the most popular machine-learning techniques in use today to discover patterns in their data and develop models to predict future outcomes.

    To enroll with the discounted TechReady Illinois price, email Karine Bravis at [email protected] For more information about the program, visit the program webpage.

    Education partner

    The University of Chicago

    Cost information

    Discounted to $2,625 total ($875/course) from $5250 ($1750/course) for TechReady program participants.

    Level

    Foundational
    Intermediate

    Track

    Data & analytics
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    Program duration

    6 months (each course is 6 weeks long plus 2-3 weeks inbetween the end and start of each course)

    Hours per week

    8- 10 hours per week, per course

    Available date

    Course 1 Start: January 11, 2021: Data Understanding and Preparation

    Course 2 Start: March 8, 2021: Data Visualization and Storytelling

    Course 3 Start: May 3, 2021: Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning

    Key skills

    How to construct a project plan, essentials of analytical management, frame business challenges into data science solution and business plans.

    Program prerequisites

    Students are not required to have analytics experience in order to be accepted to the Data Analytics for Business Professionals certificate. Participants with no prior experience in data analytics will need to dedicate additional time and effort to learn concepts and basic software requirements and usage

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    Contact Karine Bravis at [email protected] to enroll with TechReady discount. Along with the completed online application, we require: $40 application fee, personal statement, resume, and transcript confirming bachelor's degree.

    Career Advancement Experience provided by TechReady Illinois

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    Register by September 21st through City Colleges of Chicago's website 

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    DiS Boot Camp

    City Colleges of Chicago offers an Apple DiS/Swift coding class to qualified applicants. Classes are based at Harold Washington College in the Loop, and Kennedy-King College in Englewood, providing both expert instruction and the equipment necessary for students to learn how to create apps for iPhone® and iPad®. The course uses the Develop in Swift Explorations curriculum designed by Apple. Once you’ve successfully completed this course, you may go on to take the next two levels in Apple’s coding curriculum pathway.

    Education partner

    City Colleges of Chicago

    Cost information

    $600 (payment plans are available)

    Level

    Foundational

    Track

    Software development
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    Program duration

    Eleven weeks

    Hours per week

    9 hours per week

    Available date

    September 22nd

    Key skills

    • Key computing concepts
    • The impact of computing and apps on society, the economy, and cultures 
    • The app design process

    Program prerequisites

    Open enrollment

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    Register by September 21st through City Colleges of Chicago's website 

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    Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-Specialists (iCAN)

    iCAN (Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-Specialists) is a one year broadening participation program designed for college graduates without a background in computer science. Hands-on course work in computing fundamentals, individualized attention from world-class faculty, and academic and career mentoring empower iCAN students to make ground-breaking research contributions and technological innovations. Successful completion of the iCAN program results in a student receiving a Computing Fundamentals Certificate.

    Education partner

    Illinois Computer Science Grainger College of Engineering

    Cost information

    $22,930 for Illinois Residents. A substantial number of tuition scholarships are available.

    Level

    Foundational

    Track

    Data & analytics
    Software development
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    Program duration

    1 year (fall, spring, and summer semesters) 

    Hours per week

    25 hours

    Available date

    Classes begin in Fall 2021

    Key skills

    • Python 
    • Java
    • Principles of Programming
    • Problem Solving Skills
    • Algorithmic Thinking
    • Data Structures
    • Software Engineering
    • Computational Models

    Program prerequisites

    Participants must have a bachelor’s degree in a major other than computer science, an overall GPA of 3.0 or above, and taken high school algebra.  

    Program courses

    Semester 1 (7 credits)

    • Fundamentals of Computer Science I (3 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Algorithms (3 credits)
    • Excursions in Computing I (1 credit)

    Semester 2 (7 credits)

    • Fundamentals of Computer Science II (3 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Algorithms and Computational Models (3 credits)
    • Excursions in Computing II (1 credit)

    Semester 3 (6 credits)

    • Computing Fundamentals Capstone (3 credits)
    • 400-level course from the traditional CS curriculum  (3 credits)
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    If you live in Illinois and are a displaced worker, click the "Get started" button and it will take you to Illinois workNet where you will need to create an account. You will then receive an invitation email from Coursera to access the site. Once on the Coursera site, scroll to TechReady Programs or simply search for "Introduction to Business Analytics and Information Economics Specialization."

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    Introduction to Business Analytics and Information Economics Specialization

    Businesses run on data, and data offers little value without analytics. The ability to process data to make predictions about the behavior of individuals or markets, to diagnose systems or situations, or to prescribe actions for people or processes drives business today. Increasingly many businesses are striving to become “data-driven”, proactively relying more on cold hard information and sophisticated algorithms than upon the gut instinct or slow reactions of humans.

    Education partner

    Illinois Gies College of Business

    Cost information

    Now FREE for any displaced Illinois worker through Illinois workNet Center's portal, for a limited time. Others should apply through coursera.org.

    Original price was $89/month ($399 for full-year access).

    Level

    Foundational
    Intermediate

    Track

    Data & analytics
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    Program duration

    Each course is 4 weeks in length

    Hours per week

    4-6 hours per course per week

    Available date

    Start anytime

    Key skills

    • Learn about analytic technologies, architectures, and roles from business intelligence to data science, and from data warehouses to data lakes
    • Examine how information behaves in the context of various familiar micro-economic concepts, and what can be gleaned from this to improve the way information is managed and leveraged as well as ways information can generate economic benefits
    • Explore how and why to adapt well-honed asset management principles and practices to information, and how to apply accepted and new valuation models to gauge information’s potential and realized economic benefits

    Program courses

    • Business Analytics Executive Overview
    • Infonomics I: Business Information Economics and Data Monetization
    • Infonomics II: Business Information Management and Measurement
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    If you live in Illinois and are a displaced worker, click the "Get started" button and it will take you to Illinois workNet where you will need to create an account. You will then receive an invitation email from Coursera to access the site. Once on the Coursera site, scroll to TechReady Programs or simply search for "Introduction to Business Analytics and Information Economics Specialization."

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    Introduction to Python 3 Programming

    This course will show you how to create basic programming structures including decisions and loops. Then you will move on to more advanced topics such as object-oriented programming with classes and exceptions. In addition, you will explore unique Python data structures such as tuples and dictionaries. You will even learn how to create Python programs with graphic elements that range from simple circles and squares to graphical user interface (GUI) objects like buttons and labels.

    Education partner

    University of Illinois Springfield

    Cost information

    $115

    Level

    Foundational

    Track

    Software development
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    Program duration

    6 weeks

    Hours per week

    4

    Available date

    Instructor-Led: September 16, October 14, November 11, December 9
    Self-Paced: Start Anytime

    Key skills

    Python

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    Complete the online application process with virtual interviews. View a video about the program here.

    * Minimum age 18 or older
    * GED recipient or High School graduate, No Bachelor degrees accepted
    * Available to attend internship 8AM–8PM, Monday–Friday for 16 weeks
    * Minimum of 6 months previous full-time work experience
    * Agree to a strict "On Time, No Absence" policy 

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    IT and Business Leadership Bootcamp

    i.c.stars provides a paid ($200/week) 16-week project-based internship at our learning studio (currently virtual) to help underserved young adults jump start their careers in technology. This includes daily relationship-building and mentorship from industry practitioners. Graduates of i.c.stars see a 300% earnings increase and are working in roles such as QA Analyst at US Foods, Information Security Apprentice at Accenture, Associate Software Engineering at Discover, among others. Badging and industry certifications depend on the client project, and have included UiPath (robotic process automation platform), Enterprise Security Fundamentals, Querying data with Transact-SQL. Support continues for 20-months, combining professional development, mentoring and continuing access to wrap around support. In addition, students can achieve 24 prior learning credit hours with a higher education institution.

    Education partner

    i.c.stars

    Cost information

    Free (Participants receive a weekly stipend)

    Level

    Foundational

    Track

    Cybersecurity
    Data & analytics
    Software development
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    Program duration

    16 weeks

    Hours per week

    60 hours per week

    Available date

    Beginning soon 

    Key skills

    Core technical skills: training in Javascript, HTML, CSS, C#, and SQL. Additional skills, depending on the cohort: Cyber Security, Robotic Process Automation and COBOL.

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    Complete the online application process with virtual interviews. View a video about the program here.

    * Minimum age 18 or older
    * GED recipient or High School graduate, No Bachelor degrees accepted
    * Available to attend internship 8AM–8PM, Monday–Friday for 16 weeks
    * Minimum of 6 months previous full-time work experience
    * Agree to a strict "On Time, No Absence" policy 

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    Software Developer Apprenticeship

    Catalyte believes exceptional technology talent can come from unexpected places. The company delivers sustainable and diverse tech talent that powers transformational software engineering ‒ when, where and how it’s needed. With our proprietary Odyssey workforce development platform we find, develop and support a new talent pool of great software engineers. With development centers in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix-Scottsdale, and Portland, Ore., Catalyte creates local, cost-effective, predictable, diverse and sustainable technology workforces to help companies meet their technology objectives today and into the future.

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    Education partner

    Catalyte

    Cost information

    FREE

    Level

    Foundational

    Track

    Software development
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    Program duration

    26 weeks

    Hours per week

    40

    Available date

    Rolling, every 5 weeks

    Key skills

    React (JS), Spring (Java), PostgreSQL, Docker, Git

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    Two-hour online assessment with Catalyte

    Career Advancement Experience provided by Catalyte

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    Splunk Fundamentals

    Splunk is a leading big data platform that provides a unified way to organize and extract real-time insights from massive amounts of machine data from virtually any source.

    Splunk software/platform will be leveraged throughout the duration of this course to teach students the fundamentals of big data and data analytics by showing them how to unlock the hidden value of big data. By utilizing the Splunk Platform, we will be able to show students how to collect, index, search, analyze and visualize data in one place.

    Participants who successfully complete this course will be prepared to complete the Splunk Core Certified User exam.

    Education partner

    University of Illinois Springfield

    Cost information

    Discounted to $500 from $1000 for TechReady Illinois

    Level

    Foundational

    Track

    Data & analytics
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    Program duration

    One weekend, 2 days (4.5 hours per day) 

    Hours per week

    9 hours

    Available date

    November (Dates TBA)

    Program prerequisites

    Students taking this course should have a basic understanding of data analytics. 

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    Understanding the Cloud

    In this course, you will explore how the cloud works, what drives its incredible growth, and how you can use cloud services. You will start by looking at the building blocks of the cloud, where it started, and how it transitioned. You will gain a clear understanding of IaaS (infrastructure), SaaS (software), and PaaS (platforms), and examine why each may be attractive to some businesses, but not to others. You will learn about the different kinds of clouds (public, private, and hybrid).

    Education partner

    University of Illinois Springfield

    Cost information

    $115

    Level

    Foundational

    Track

    Cloud computing
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    Program duration

    6 weeks

    Hours per week

    4

    Available date

    Instructor-Led: September 16, October 14, November 11, December 9
    Self-Paced: Start Anytime

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