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Mar 31, 2023

Dallas IT Apprenticeship Program at Opportunity College

You don’t have to live in Silicon Valley to enjoy the rewards of entering the tech industry. Every single industry needs professionals skilled in technology. Every company needs a fully functioning IT department to handle requests that range from new user set-up, computer and software troubleshooting to coding, cyber security and systems analysis. While this may all sound complicated, it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a professional in the technology industry and you reside in Dallas County, Texas, we have some great news for you! Opportunity College, YUPRO Placement, and SkillUp have teamed up to offer a Career Jumpstart Fellowship to help you land your first PAID apprenticeship in IT! 

What is the Career Jumpstart Fellowship – IT Apprenticeship?

This training and apprenticeship program is designed for Dallas-based students aged 18 – 24 who are interested in landing their first full-time role in Information Technology. Participants will first complete 4 months of FREE training with Opportunity College, earning a Google IT Support Certificate.  Any student who successfully completes the 4-month training and certification will earn a 6-month PAID apprenticeship role at a YUPRO Placement employer in an IT-related role. Apprenticeships will pay at least $19/hr + benefits – meaning you could earn upwards of $18,000 in six months. 

You do not need to have a degree or prior technical skills to participate in this program. According to Opportunity College, “the curriculum is designed to help students explore career interests, develop personal and professional skills; and complete job-specific training to earn and thrive in living-wage jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree.”

What will I learn to be prepared for my apprenticeship??

The world of IT has many valuable and exciting career paths that are available once you have a strong foundational skill set. During the free training, students will gain exposure to a host of IT technical skills including building a computer from scratch, cloud computing, cyber security, configuring systems, foundations in database management, and much more. Students will also gain exposure to other professional skills that are in-demand by employers such as interviewing skills, SMART goal setting, critical thinking, developing a growth mindset, time management, and engaging with feedback. After creating a technical resume, cover letter, and earning their Google IT Support Certificate students will start their paid apprenticeship placement. The program partners’ goal is that apprentices who are successful in their 6-month placements will be invited to full-time roles at their employer placements.  

What Are the Eligibility Requirements?

·        Students must be 18-24 years of age

·        Must reside in Dallas County, Texas

·        Have a high school diploma by June 30, 2023

·        Have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree

·        Do not plan to be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program during the program

·        Are eligible to work in the U.S.

·        Are hungry to jumpstart a career in a high-demand field

All program completion requirements must be met to earn the paid apprenticeship opportunity.

How Do I Apply?

Applications are now open!  Apply today to join the cohort completing full time training from June – October 2023.

The paid full-time apprenticeship will immediately follow from October 2023 – March 2023.

For more information on the IT Apprenticeship, frequently asked questions, and general information about the program check out the IT Apprenticeship at Opportunity College.


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