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Leading Detroit Tech-Focused Companies (Re)Unite to Train IT Professionals of Tommorrow

DETROIT, June 18, 2014 – “IT in the D,” the innovative” collaboration between leading information technology organizations and workforce agencies in Detroit founded in 2012, today re-launched as “ExperienceIT” with a program kick-off event at the Grand Circus training center downtown. 45 students have been chosen to participate out of nearly 200 applicants.

ExperienceIT marks an evolution of the IT in the D program, designed to transition students from the classroom to the workplace through real world IT projects, mentorship and training as they advance their technology careers. ExperienceIT will focus on both hard and soft skills. Perhaps most significant is that successful graduates will be provided with employment by the partner companies – ranging from internships to full-time positions.

The 8-week training initiative, scheduled to begin June 23rd, was originally founded by Quicken Loans, GalaxE.Solutions, Title Source, Fathead, Marketing Associates and WIN (Workforce Intelligence Network), while, ExperienceIT now also counts among its new partners: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, DTE, Grand Circus, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications.

“After two years, we took a step back, reviewed lessons learned and then refocused our efforts on evolving our curriculum to provide even greater value to our students,” said Linglong He, CIO of Quicken Loans and ExperienceIT Chair. “These individuals represent the future for our region and technological innovation in general. As we continue to build Detroit’s IT hub, we want these individuals to stay here for rewarding careers and lives.”

Students will learn in a working environment using technologies such as [.Net, Java, SQL Server, MY SQL, and PHP. Soft skills such as those related to interpersonal communication, working in teams and job interviews will also be a key component of the updated core focus. Classes will run 8 hours a day, 5 days a week over the two-month program period.


ExperienceIT is a game-changing, non-profit partnership between leading tech companies, workforce agencies and educational institutions – working together to teach, train and the prepare the next generation of IT professionals in Detroit.

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Note: Kickoff at Grand Circus, 1570 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 4th Floor