Web hosting provider Liquid Web has formed a partnership with Capital Area Tech Knowledge E-Pathways in a bid to put together a scholarship program to help with producing the next generation of IT specialists.
The IT scholarship program will teach students about the Linux Operating System and how it works in a business capacity. They will take these skills onto further educational courses and career roles afterwards. This is available to fifteen people who demonstrate outstanding skills, according to their schools and colleges.
The training course lasts for three weeks and will take place at the Lansing Community College at the Business Institute. It is an intensive course, which is why there are so few scholarships available.
Working together with Capital Area Tech, the initiative won $4.4 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Following their successful graduation from the program, students will have the chance of being hired as an apprentice by Liquid Web. They also have the opportunity of working at other IT companies around the country.
Andrea Ragan, the executive director for the Capital IT Council, said the Linux Operating System was a popular system utilised by multiple IT employers in the region. She said the idea to set up this scholarship was to fill the gap between open roles and experts available.
She continued, “We also know this is a skill set that participants can use in their careers and at multiple jobs.”
Observers say this will provide a big boost to the state of Michigan and its prospects as an IT heartland in the future. In exchange, Liquid Web also gets the pick of the latest crop of talent. This fits in with Liquid Web’s growth plan and could pay major dividends over the next few years.