Lawrence County legislators: Tech academy offering online courses for Hoosiers impacted by pandemic

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, September 1, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 1, 2020) – State Reps. Chris May (R-Bedford) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem) encourage Hoosiers whose jobs were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for Eleven Fifty Academy's tuition-free, online courses to skill up for in-demand tech careers.

May said through funding from the federal CARES Act, the academy offers boot camps in coding, cybersecurity and user interface design for individuals regardless of employment status or education level, up to $10,000 in tuition costs. Those who lost jobs during the pandemic could qualify for 100% tuition up to $18,000. The academy is a nonprofit whose mission is expanding the talent pool for the growing technology sector.

"Many Hoosier jobs have been adversely impacted during this public health crisis," May said. "These online courses can train job seekers in some of the most in-demand industries and put them on the path to promising new careers."

Full-time boot camps in cybersecurity, software and web development start online Sept. 9, and a part-time course on user interface design begins Oct. 5. Other sessions for software and web development will start Oct. 7. Davisson said those interested in learning more should visit ElevenFifty.org or call 855-925-1150 to speak with an admissions coach.

"These upcoming boot camps are a great opportunity to learn new skills from home," Davisson said. "Those who complete an Eleven Fifty course can use this educational opportunity to better position themselves when searching for jobs in growing industries."

The state also continues to grow its workforce through programs like 180 Skills, where job seekers interested in advanced manufacturing careers can earn credentials in specific industries or improve their employability. Up to 100,000 free licenses are available to Hoosiers who are unemployed or have otherwise been impacted by COVID-19 to access the 180 Skills online curriculum. More information is available at YourNextStepIN.org/180Skills.

INvestEd is an additional resource for Hoosiers needing guidance on career counseling or post-secondary education options and financial aid. Visit https://www.investedindiana.org/ or call 317-715-9007 to learn more.

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State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of
Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.
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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
 
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