Through a $20 million grant from the Department of Labor through the National Information, Security & Geospatial Technologies Consortium (NISGTC), Collin College is giving students the chance to gain training and job placement assistance in information technology and information disciplines.

Students enrolled in the program can receive instruction in various areas of interest including, cybersecurity, programming/mobile apps, networking, geospatial information and more. Information technology-related careers are consistently ranked as one of the best careers to pursue and one of the best paying careers as well, according to “Business Insider.”

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“This grant program gives students an incredible opportunity to discover in-demand careers and receive training,” said NISGTC director Molly Guard. “Key course content is reviewed by industry leaders and programs of study are matched to industry needs.  Business leaders also provide support to students through virtual intern/externships.”

Specialized career coaches and tutors who have extensive expertise information technology and are available to help students be successful in their coursework and map out career paths in these fields.   In addition to coaches and tutors, participants have access to state of the art virtual labs, available via the Internet 24/7 from any location.

In addition to coaches and tutors, participants in the program gain exclusive access to events that include job fairs, interviewing workshops and employer panels. The program also offers job placement assistance and is seeing students obtain employment or increase their wages, Guard said.

To download the grant enrollment participation form, visit NISGTC.org.To sign up or learn more about services offered, contact career coach Diane Ganze at 469.365.1812. For general information about the program, contact Molly Guard at 972.377.1791.