"IT In The D:" Firms, Colleges Prime The Pump For Tech Jobs

Local IT companies and colleges are teaming up to find students for tech careers.

Online home lender Quicken Loans Inc., Compuware Corp.'s venture capital firm, software and IT business support provider GalaxE.Solutions, licensed entertainment and sports graphic firm Fathead LLC and Marketing Associates are working with Wayne State University, Wayne County Community College District and Washtenaw Community College on "IT in the D," a two-month program to give students and IT professionals more experience to advance their technology careers.

The program is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. It started Tuesday with 32 students from the participating colleges and runs through the end of August. About 35 trainers from the companies will work with the students twice a week in two-hour classes at the companies' offices, according to a Quicken Loans press release.

The students' first project is to build a website for the "IT in the D" program.

"It is hard to find qualified candidates to fill the jobs," said Linglong He, chief information officer of Quicken Loans, whose family of companies is looking to hire for more than 150 IT jobs.

Read more:  Detroit News
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