For Adult Learners: Cincinnati Talent Acceleration Program (CTAP)

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Welcome! The Cincinnati Talent Acceleration Program (CTAP) is way for you to get the training and the career support you need to get a job in information technology.


Next program date coming soon. 

Due to an overwhelming response, orientation is closed for the August 23 program, but we want to hear from you! Please sign up to receive emails, and we'll let you know when the next program starts soon!


We'll help you every step of the way–connecting you with support services you need!

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  • All classes are at no cost to you!
  • Program includes basic math, reading and writing skills plus workplace education.
  • Tech training will prepare you for an industry certification exam.
  • You will receive $200 a week to help with living expenses.
  • Daytime classes are in-person or hybrid, evening classes are online.
  • Computers will be provided based on need.
  • 15-20 hours a week is required.

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THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF:

  • You are unemployed or underemployed and would like to get a better job.
  • You are a working adult who would like to advance your academic and job skills.
  • You need assistance with basic math, reading and writing skills.
  • You would benefit by getting financial support to attend classes.
  • You would benefit by receiving community services so you can attend class.

STEP 1

Attend an orientation session. Students must attend an orientation session before enrolling and attending the first class. At orientation, students will participate in activities that build support for student success and receive relevant program information. Individuals will complete the student intake, take learning-styles inventory and a learning-differences assessment, set goals, explore different careers, and participate in diagnostic testing to determine which skills you need to work on in order to be successful in this training program.


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About Orientation:

Orientation is mandatory and held in-person. You will complete pre-testing and enrollment forms. Then, one-on-one meetings will be scheduled to review pre-tests results and other considerations.


STEP 2

Complete enrollment and attend program.

  • Classes begin Monday, August 23, 2021.
  • Class location: UC Victory Parkway Campus (2220 Victory Pkwy., Admin. Bldg.) or via Zoom.
  • Program is to be completed in 15-weeks and includes a certification exam.
  • Class attendance is required: 16 hours/week for first 10 weeks, 8 hours/week for final 5 weeks. Plus, 10-15 hours per week of additional study.
  • Workforce preparation courses includes exploring careers in technology, digital literacy, and  connecting with employers through job shadowing, full- or part-time placements and/or apprenticeships.
  • Earn a CTAP digital badge and at least 1 technology-related credential.

In addition to the classwork, you receive additional support to help you succeed.

  • This program is no cost to you.
  • You receive $200 per week for help with living expenses.
  • A computer may be loaned to you for use during the program, if needed.
  • You may be eligible for support services in the areas of: transportation (gas card and bus pass), internet bill service, and food gift cards.

STEP 3

Week-by-Week Outline:  (The classes overlap during the weeks.)

An introduction and overview of all of the possibilities of a career in technology and how to get started. Students will learn professional and personal development skills and come to understand the critical link between education and careers. Students will also learn Microsoft digital literacy content and other learning technologies. Students will explore possible career pathways, resume reflection, and connect with local employers.

The English and Language Arts (ELA) content areas include Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. Literacy includes history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Students will gain academic skills necessary for college, workforce training and life in a technological society.

The mathematics content areas include Numbers, Algebra, Geometry, and Data. Students will gain critical skills and knowledge expected and required for success in postsecondary education/training and employment in the 21st century.

The certification exam focuses on the essential IT skills and knowledge needed to perform tasks commonly performed by advanced end-users and entry-level IT professionals alike, including:

  • Using features and functions of common operating systems and establishing network connectivity
  • Identifying common software applications and their purpose
  • Using security and web browsing best practices

The CompTIA A+ Core Series requires candidates to pass two exams: Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002) covering the following new content:

  • Demonstrate baseline security skills for IT support professionals
  • Configure device operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android and iOS and administer client-based as well as cloud-based (SaaS) software
  • Troubleshoot and problem solve core service and support challenges while applying best practices for documentation, change management, and scripting
  • Support basic IT infrastructure and networking
  • Configure and support PC, mobile and IoT device hardware
  • Implement basic data backup and recovery methods and apply data storage and management best practices

Additional Information on CORE 1: CompTIA A+ Core 1 measures the necessary skills for an entry-level IT professional. Successful candidates will have the knowledge required to: Assemble components based on customer requirements; Install, configure, and maintain PCs, mobile devices, and software for end users; Understand the basics of networking and security forensics; Properly and safely diagnose, resolve, and document common hardware and software issues; Apply troubleshooting skills; Provide appropriate customer support; Understand the basics of scripting, virtualization, desktop imaging, and deployment.

Additional Information on CORE 2: CompTIA A+ Core 2 measures the necessary skills for an entry-level IT professional. Successful candidates will have the knowledge required to:Assemble components based on customer requirements; Install, configure, and maintain PCs, mobile devices, and software for end users; Understand the basics of networking and security forensics; Properly and safely diagnose, resolve, and document common hardware and software issues; Apply troubleshooting skills; Provide appropriate customer support; Understand the basics of scripting, virtualization, desktop imaging, and deployment.

A formal commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, December 17 at the 1819 Innovation Hub. Family and friends are welcome to attend to celebrate your success!


About Your Instructors

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Emily Aleshire Mulvey

Academic Skills Instructor

Emily Aleshire Mulvey, M.A. is a Princeton Review-trained psychometrician who has worked as an educational consultant for 18 years. Emily teaches students the academic skills they need to be a success in college and in their careers.

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Larry Hodge

Math Instructor

Larry Hodge is a graduate of UC and the co-founder of Hodge EDU, LLC. He has been providing educational services for students in the Cincinnati area for over a decade, as he believes education is what empower's a student's dream.

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Montez Watson

Technology Instructor

Montez Watson is certified in CompTIA A+ and a graduate of the Community Action Agency's tech training program and UC's Azure programs. He understands the challenges students face in tech education and provides instruction and mentorship support.

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Tonkia Bridges

"Coach Tee"

Coach Tee is a passionate educator and found of NERDS, an organization to inspire the inner nerd in students and address their academic and social needs. She is a graduate of UC with degrees in Chemical Engineering/Tech and Educational Leadership.