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My passion is workforce development! I've been actively networking with Lansing professionals over the past year - trying to build relationships with employers and job seekers alike. I would like to see talented folks get connected with businesses that are looking for them. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @tiffenator

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shifting Code

Imagine finding an internship where you can make $15-20 per hour and you are in extremely high demand because you have IT skills. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has teamed up with Ann Arbor Spark to provide an awesome opportunity for Ann Arbor people to take advantage of.

The process to join in the Shifting Code program is competitive. A resume, cover letter, two recommendation letters and an online assessment are required to be submitted online at http://annarborusa.org/talent/find-opportunity/shifting-code According to Ann Arbor Spark and the MEDC, the profile of a Shifting Coding candidate is as follows:

1. Some technical knowledge/experience - e.g., HTML, MySQL, Cobalt
2. Personal Attributes:
a. Flexibility
b. Initiative
c. Interpersonal skills
d. Analytical approach to problem solving
e. Aptitude for incessant learning

If you are starting to think that you may have what it takes, then mark these dates on your calendar:

Registration: December 27, 2011 through January 5, 2012
Interviews: January 6th – 20th
Notification Date: January 20, 2012
Classes Begin: January 23, 2012

The Shifting Code is NOT for those that want an easy way out. This is going to be a very challenging course of 12 weeks of brain cramming, intensive studying and massive amounts of dedication. Two nightly classes will be held each week with three Saturday classes slated during the course. The Saturday sessions will be eight hours long.

Shifting Code also has a $100 price tag attached – you can’t even buy a college textbook for that low of a price! This is an amazing opportunity for those selected to participate.

Perhaps you are not sure you have what it takes to learn software coding languages. If you are interested, check out more information about Drupal. Drupal has been around for about a decade and there is great information available at drupal.org and michigandrupal.com The MEDC is going to be providing alternative Pathways to Sofware Jobs on their website as well www.mitalent.org in the very near future. You can also find a lot of information about software codes online and Capital Area District Library can help you find all sorts of great resources.

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