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Recent News // Intensive program trains workers for info tech jobs

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

By Michael Martinez | The Detroit News

Detroit— The smile on Elantis Hall's face told the story.

Hall beamed ear to ear Friday morning as she accepted her diploma in the inaugural class of an intensive information technology boot camp at the Wayne County Community College District's downtown campus.

Hall, a 34-year-old mother of four from Detroit, entered the program March 18 as a part-time bartender. She walked out Friday as an IT analyst with GalaxE.Solutions, a health care IT firm that is expanding in Detroit.

The rest of Hall's 72 classmates come from a variety of backgrounds and most did not have prior IT experience before joining the program. But 27 boot campers were immediately hired after graduation by companies such as InfoSys, technology firm Compuware Corp. and mortgage lender Quicken Loans Inc.

"This was a new experience, especially with no background (in IT)," said Hall, who learned about the program through a church friend on Facebook. "It was tough, but it paid off."

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