Illinois, Internet of Things team up on tech training
Illinois has entered into a partnership with the Internet of Things Talent Consortium in the hopes of offering affordable technology job training, the Department of Innovation and Technology announced recently.
Illinois Review reported that the data-science initiative will focus on a nine-course Microsoft program that can be done online at the student's chosen pace.
Each course costs between $49 and $99 and requires 16-32 hours for completion. Students must also complete a Capstone project. Courses can be done at the student's chosen pace and teach data science, programming languages and data-science basics.
The initial 500 participants who sign up will get 50 percent off certification costs. The program is open to all ages.
The Illinois Competitiveness Council said it has more than 21,000 IT jobs open -- approximately four times the average state demand rate. IT positions pay $86,131 a year on average.