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 you need to get a job in information technology quickly. And our career support will get you job-ready and connect you with prospective employers!

The January session is open to all Ohio residents. Classes are online, instructor-led.

Next session begins January 24, 2022.

To participate in the program you must attend Orientation on January  20 via Zoom. 

Interested individuals must attend an orientation prior to enrolling in the program. Orientation will be held via Zoom and you will receive complete information on how the program works and what you need to do to finalize your enrollment. If you have questions or need help filling out the registration form, please contact:


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  • 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.

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


Classes begin January 24, 2022.

  • Class are held online via Zoom.
  • Program is to be completed in 15-weeks and includes a certification exam.
  • Online class attendance is required: 10-15 hours/week in class, plus, 10 hours/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.

Adult Education courses included:

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.

Technology Training courses included:

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.

After the first 4 weeks in the program, you will enroll in one of the following program tracks.

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

This program uses the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, developed by Google and hosted by the Coursera online learning platform. It is designed to prepare the learner for entry-level jobs in IT support.

This program is broken up into 5 courses:

  • Course 1: Technical Support Fundamentals
  • Course 2: The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking
  • Course 3: Operating Systems and You: Becoming a Power User
  • Course 4: System Administration and IT Infrastructure Services
  • Course 5: IT Security: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts

The Microsoft Office Specialist Program provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge through our new project-based testing, giving students and professionals real-world exercises to appraise their understanding of Microsoft Office. This program will prepare you for certifications in Word and Excel 2019 and Office 365.  

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

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.

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Kristen Sims

Youth Employment Program Coordinator

Kristen is an experienced technical support analyst and graduate of Per Scholas Ready IT Program. Kristen teaches CompTIA IT Fundamentals training instruction for entry-level IT positions.