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Welcome to the Cincinnati Talent Acceleration Program

The Cincinnati Talent Acceleration Program at UC is a way to get the training you need to get a job quickly. In addition to preparing you to earn your industry credentials, you will receive UC career support and help to connect you with prospective employers.

Enrolled students participate at no-cost!

This Program Is For You If:

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  • You are an Ohio resident.
  • You need to earn your GED
  • You need to improve your English language skills
  • 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 upskilling, professional development, and career navigation.


Do you have any questions or would you like to connect with a member of our team? Submit your inquiries or requests through our form.

You can earn these certificates to get ready for a job in IT:

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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.  

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


  • Class are held online via Zoom. Some in-person classes are available. 
  • Program is to be completed in approximately 15-weeks and includes a certification exam.
  • Online class attendance is required: 10-15 hour per week commitment.
  • Workforce preparation courses includes exploring careers in technology, digital literacy, and  connecting with employers through job shadowing, full or part-time placements and/or Co-ops and apprenticeships.
  • Earn an CTAP digital badge and at least 1 technology-related credential.

If you have any questions, please email ctap@uc.edu



University of Cincinnati introduces College of Cooperative...

January 5, 2023

Building on our reputation as the #1 public university for co-ops and internships (U.S. News & World Reports, 2023), the University of Cincinnati’s College of Cooperative Education and Professional Studies will continue to collaborate with industry and collegiate partners to create and deliver co-op and experiential learning opportunities for students.

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