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Creating IT Futures Foundation Launches Free IT Project Management Class for Entry-Level IT Workers

Jul 07, 2016

Applications are due July 18

Edina, Minn.Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of information technology (IT) industry association CompTIA, is launching a new free training class to provide career and project management skills for today’s tech workers and tech college graduates in the Twin Cities. Project Essentials is part of the Foundation’s new CertNext training series for certified IT professionals and will be held at the Foundation’s offices in Edina. 

Students in the eight-week Project Essentials course will learn how to coordinate IT projects to better harness resources for business success. This classroom-based course will combine curriculum on soft skills, project management and business analysis tailored for the entry-level, certified IT pro. Through real-life scenarios, students will learn communication, collaboration, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills, as well as good workplace and career habits. Graduating students will be able to lead IT projects with confidence and complete projects on time and within budget. At the end of the course, they’ll sit for the CompTIA Project+ exam.

Graduates will be introduced to local employers during the training. Creating IT Futures works with more than 60 businesses in the Twin Cities to match graduates of its training programs with hiring employers.

“We’ve seen great success in our IT-Ready program which teaches students without any IT skills the basic tech skills they need for job success. Now we’re offering a more advanced course for IT professionals that have the tech skills but would like to enhance their skill set and move forward in their careers,” said Sue Wallace, executive director, Minnesota, Creating IT Futures Foundation.

For the course, students must:

  • Live near the Twin Cities
  • Be at least 18 years old,
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant,
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED,
  • Have access to a computer with Internet connection, and
  • Have already achieved an associate or bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology or have earned at least one IT certification (a CompTIA certification is preferred but not required) or be enrolled in an IT training class.

The Project Essentials class runs August 1 through September 23. The training is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday. Applications for Project Essentials are due by July 18. Those interested may apply at

About the Creating IT Futures Foundation 
As the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, the world’s largest IT trade association, the Creating IT Futures Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of helping populations under-represented in the information technology industry and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure, and be successful in IT careers. Learn more at

Press Contact:
Lisa Fasold
Creating IT Futures Foundation