Experience IT, launched in 2011, is a new way to bring entry-level information technology professionals to Detroit. It’s a game-changing partnership among leading tech companies, like Title Source, Fathead, Quicken Loans, DTE Energy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and more.
Facilitating the growth of an information technology workforce, this non-profit collaboration works together to teach, train and prepare the next generation of IT professionals over several weeks. The program is led by Title Source’s chief information officer Jeff Hu, who will teach soft skills like involvement and engagement.
“It’s the culture fit that’s missing – not technology skills. Culture is a mix of people who have the same behavior and work together to achieve the same goals,” said Hu. “Students really build their IT execution knowledge while in college, but some don’t think about their future career until it’s time to graduate. We’ve built this program to activate their social engagement in the workforce.”
Experience IT attendees are college students who must prequalify for the program. Only 50 candidates from the typical 300 who apply for the program each year will be chosen. And last year, after completing the Experience IT program, 26 candidates were hired at Title Source. This year, Title Source hopes to grant even more candidates full-time positions.
“We’re giving students the option to actively engage in IT in the real world and help them figure out if they like it or not. It’s not a one hour interview; it’s a two month process,” said Hu.