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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    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 "Accelerated Computer Science Fundamentals Specialization."

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

    Accelerated Computer Science Fundamentals Specialization

    Topics covered by this specialization include basic object-oriented programming, the analysis of asymptotic algorithmic run times, and the implementation of basic data structures including arrays, hash tables, linked lists, trees, heaps and graphs, as well as algorithms for traversals, rebalancing and shortest paths. This course is offered by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (via Coursera).

    Education partner

    Illinois Computer Science Grainger College of Engineering

    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

    Intermediate

    Track

    Software development
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    Program duration

    3 months

    Hours per week

    12 hours per week

    Available date

    Start Anytime

    Key skills

    Object-Oriented Programming, Data Structures, Arrays, Lists, Trees, Graphs, Algorithms, Run-Time Analysis

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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 "Accelerated Computer Science Fundamentals Specialization."

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

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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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    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 "Cloud Computing Specialization."

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

    Cloud Computing Specialization

    The Cloud Computing specialization takes you on a tour through cloud computing systems. We start in in the middle layer with Cloud Computing Concepts covering core distributed systems concepts used inside clouds, move to the upper layer of Cloud Applications and finally to the lower layer of Cloud Networking. We conclude with a project that allows you to apply the skills you've learned throughout the courses. This course is offered by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (via Coursera). Completion of this Specialization results in a University of Illinois certificate.

    Education partner

    Illinois Computer Science Grainger College of Engineering

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

    Level

    Intermediate
    Advanced

    Track

    Cloud computing
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    Program duration

    24 weeks

    Hours per week

    8 hours per week

    Available date

    Start anytime

    Key skills

    Distributed Computing Big Data Cloud Computing (AWS, Azure, etc.)

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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 "Cloud Computing Specialization."

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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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    Career Advancement Experience provided by TechReady

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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.

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    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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    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 "Data Mining Specialization."

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

    Data Mining Specialization

    The Data Mining specialization teaches data mining techniques for both structured data which conform to a clearly defined schema, and unstructured data which exist in the form of natural language text. Specific course topics include pattern discovery, clustering, text retrieval, text mining and analytics, and data visualization. The Capstone project task is to solve real-world data mining challenges using a restaurant review data set from Yelp. This course is offered by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (via Coursera). Completion of this Specialization results in a University of Illinois certificate.  

    Education partner

    Illinois Computer Science Grainger College of Engineering

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

    Level

    Intermediate
    Advanced

    Track

    Data & analytics
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    Program duration

    24 weeks

    Hours per week

    7 hours per week

    Available date

    Start Anytime

    Key skills

    Data Mining, Cluster Analysis, Information Retrieval, Data Visualization, Text Processing, Pattern Discovery

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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 "Data Mining Specialization."

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    Graduate Certificate in Distributed and Cloud Computing

    The Certificate in Distributed and Cloud Computing is intended for students who are interested in learning about distributed systems and how they are applied to real world problems, as well as how emerging cloud computing technologies can be used to implement some of the world’s most popular services and applications.

    Education partner

    Illinois Institute of Technology

    Cost information

    Discounted to $1200 per course from $4725 per course for TechReady Illinois

    Level

    Intermediate

    Track

    Cloud computing
    Software development
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    Program duration

    32 weeks

    Hours per week

    15 hours per week

    Available date

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

    Program prerequisites

    Admission to a graduate certificate program is limited to those who qualify as non-degree graduate students who hold a bachelor's degree with a grade-point average of 2.5/4.0 or higher.

    Prerequisite courses are listed where they apply.

    A GRE score is not required.

    Program courses

    Students must complete three of five courses to receive the certificate

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    Intermediate SQL

    When it comes to query language for relational database management systems, SQL is the industry benchmark. This hands-on course will help you advance your knowledge and keep pace with today's SQL standards. You will practice designing, writing, and testing complex SQL queries to execute on a practice database using SQL Server Express.

    Education partner

    University of Illinois Springfield

    Cost information

    $115

    Level

    Intermediate

    Track

    Data & analytics
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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

    SQL

    Program prerequisites

    Basic understanding of SQL and database systems

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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."

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

    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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    Python for Data Science

    The University of Chicago’s eight-week Python for Data Science program introduces the basic concepts of Python as a programming language. This highly technical program is project-based at its core and you will be presented with many practical examples before being afforded an opportunity to create and run your own Python projects. 

    Education partner

    The University of Chicago

    Cost information

    $2,200

    Level

    Intermediate

    Track

    Data & analytics
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    Program duration

    Eight Weeks 

    Hours per week

    4-5

    Available date

    October 14th

    Key skills

    • Python
    • Advanced data analysis and manipulation
    • Training and evaluation of machine learning models
    • Preparing machine learning models for production use

    Program prerequisites

    This program is designed for professionals who have a rudimentary knowledge of Python and machine learning, or are eager to learn about data science. Business intelligence analysts with a strong foundation on the theory of data analysis and manipulation, but have limited Python exposure, and those who work with a quantitative mind but no technical toolkit, will also benefit from this program.

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    Contact Lindsey Berry [email protected] before registering. 

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