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ExperienceIT aims to bring more people into new economy

ExperienceIT, formerly IT in the D, has been redesigned as a way to give aspiring computer engineers an inside track to careers in IT and software development. It accomplishes that by training them in a classroom setting with real-world IT projects. The program also provides mentorship and on-the-job training.

"It's really a new program," says Ryan Hoyle, vice president of talent acquisition and business development for GalaxE.Solutions. "We have become a formal jobs-training program. Successful graduates of the program will receive employment of some type with our corporate sponsors."

The program sponsors include Quicken Loans, GalaxE.Solutions, Title Source, Fathead, and Marketing Associates. The first class of 45 students is starting off at the Grand Circus space in the Broderick Tower in downtown Detroit. About 200 people applied to be a part of the program. Organizers hope to hold a few more of these classes over the next year.

"We're treating this as a pilot case," Hoyle says.

Source: Ryan Hoyle, vice president of talent acquisition and business development for GalaxE.Solutions
Writer: Jon Zemke

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