DETROIT — State Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) spoke at a press conference last Thursday, Jan. 11, to recognize the success of free training programs offered to Detroit residents over the past several months. The State Digital Acceleration program and the Internet of Things (IoT) class were launched in October and December 2017, respectively, to educate, train and encourage the city’s residents to consider careers in IT.

“It is becoming ever-clearer that the jobs of the future will continue to be in information technology, and it is critical that we equip Detroiters with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in this field,” said Rep. Scott, a member of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. “That is why we must continue offering these types of classes to ensure that the people of Detroit are ready to step in and fill the IT talent shortage in our state. I could not be more proud of the success of these classes, or more excited to see them continue to prepare Detroiters for the jobs of tomorrow.”

The classes, which are offered by Uplift Inc. and Cisco Networking Academy, teach residents about IoT, provide them with industry-accepted certifications and prepare them for in-demand, high-paying IT jobs in fields including cyber security, computer programming and networking.

For more information about these classes, contact Rep. Scott’s office at (517) 373-1776.