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What does a tech job look like today?

In today’s business world, nearly every job requires some level of technology skills. However, not all tech jobs require sitting in front of a computer writing code. Today, tech jobs are much more dynamic.

 

What are the most in-demand jobs and how much do they pay?

To review what tech skills are most in-demand, check out our most recent Tech Checkpoint - powered by ECCO Select.

 

Where do I acquire or grow my tech skills?

In Kansas City, there are numerous educational programs available and a list of these options can be found here. Tech training programs range in scope, costs, and outcomes. They all provide a foundational skillset to increase employability so you find the perfect entry-level tech job. Some of these programs even guarantee graduates are fully employed within a certain amount of time after graduating. These skills are best honed doing actual work. Tech jobs require dedication to life-long learning and constant improvement. After all, technology can change rapidly and there are numerous resources available to keep your skills sharp.

 

What training program is right for me?

With more options available than ever before, most participants can learn these skills in a matter of months, not years. There will numerous factors in making a decision - cost, time, and outcomes. The right decision will be based on how these factors best accommodate your personal situation.

 

Are there funding opportunities to help subsidize the cost?

YES! Depending on your personal situation, there are numerous financing and grant options available to subsidize the cost. One factor to consider, the mean tech wage is 82% higher than the median wage for a worker in Kansas City. Typically, this increase in wages can more than justify the cost to attend training programs in the short-term. Long-term, a technology job can dramatically alter an individual’s wealth and job security.

 

Can I work and learn at the same time?

In some cases, yes. However, everyone’s situation is different. Each program will provide more information for you to make this decision. If you’d prefer to work while learning, we recommend considering an apprenticeship program so you can earn income while learning on the job and in the classroom.

 

Where can I sign up to learn more about opportunities that become available to me?

No matter where you're at in your tech career, we want to help.

Prospective Tech Candidates

Just getting started? Share your info with us to receive information on training, certifications and apprenticeships/internships.

Current Tech Candidates

Already in the tech field but looking for new opportunities? Sign up to share your information with our talent network.

 

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Centriq Training*

Whether you are an experienced IT professional looking for additional skills or IT certification or you are looking to start a new career in technology, Centriq has the training you need.

 

University of Kansas Coding Boot Camp*

KU Boot Camps equip you with the essential skills to help guide you down a path to success in today's digital world. With strategically engineered curricula, face-to-face interaction, and knowledgeable instructors, you'll receive a comprehensive learning experience.

Prime Digital Academy*

Prime Digital Academy aims to better the industry, and the world, by empowering people with unique and diverse backgrounds to apply their passions to solving problems that impact lives. In return, students earn rewarding and high-paying careers in tech in months, not years. We're now seeking passionate problem-solvers in Kansas City ready to change their lives and the world.

Johnson County Community College*

Johnson County Community College creates opportunities for you to learn technology to support your career mobility and job productivity. Relevant training is delivered in convenient formats with industry experienced instructors. Your local, trusted community college makes professional development easy!

Metropolitan Community College*

Metropolitan Community College, founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute, is the oldest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City, Mo., and was the first community college established in Missouri. The Junior College of Kansas City, as it was known starting in 1919, was one of the first schools in the country to award an associate degree. Today, MCC offers 125 associate degree and certificate programs, including the Engineering Technology program, which focuses on computer science skills.

LaunchCode*

LaunchCode is a national nonprofit offering free tech education and job placement opportunities to bring new people from all backgrounds into the tech field and reshape the way employers think about hiring.

WeCodeKC (Ages 7 - 17)

WeCodeKC is an initiative that serves the urban core of Kansas City focusing on exposing technology, cyber security, and computer science concepts to area youth.

Code Ninjas (Ages 7 - 14)

Kids love technology, games and having fun with friends. Parents want to give their kids the best and brightest future possible. Everyone wins at Code Ninjas. Kids learn to code through engaging game-based curriculum that teaches teamwork, logic, math and problem solving. They gain vital skills while having a blast.

Online Programs NOT Based in KC Metro

Code.org

Code.org has created a set of resources to help students learn computer science at home.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy has courses for students to learn different components of computer science.

 

Flatiron

Learn the visual, technical and client service skills essential to launch a successful career as a UX or UI designer. Flatiron School's online course combines its robust digital design curriculum with dedicated Career Services support, full-time or part-time course pacing, and innovative payment options.

General Assembly

General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today's most in-demand skills. As individuals and companies struggle to compete in an increasingly technological economy, General Assembly provides award-winning, dynamic training to close the global skills gap.

Swift Playgrounds - Apple

Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad and Mac that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. It requires no coding knowledge, so it's perfect for students just starting out. Solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift - a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build today's most popular apps.

*Member of the KC Tech Council

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