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Quick-Launch Your Tech Career with FEF Upskill!

Since 2017, FEF Upskill has equipped young adults with in-demand skills and industry certifications that can lead to well-paying tech careers and entrepreneurship.

With FEF Upskill, underrepresented young adults can prepare for in-demand IT jobs—including computer user support specialist, desktop support technician, front-end web developer or software developer—and have the cost of your courses, books, labs, practice exams, and industry certification fees fully covered.

In addition to providing free accelerated, instructor-led and interactive courses, FEF Upskill links you to partners who can deliver career readiness and entrepreneurship training and coach you towards landing internships and entry-level jobs.

IT Career Path Options

FEF Upskill's initial training courses focus on computer user support and front-end web development, occupations the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has identified as in demand for 2020-2021 based on high growth and/or high wages in most areas of the State (https://floridajobs.org). Participants who successfully complete training courses will receive industry certifications recommended by Career Source Florida that also will count for credits towards certain Florida College System degrees.

Path 1: Computer User Support

Understand the foundations of IT; learn to diagnose and troubleshoot computers; and earn industry certifications such as CompTIA ITF+ and CompTIA A+.

Path 2: Front-End Web Development

Understand the foundations of front-end web development and web project management; learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; and earn industry certifications such as CIW SDA and MTA: Intro to Programming using JavaScript.

Upcoming Trainings

The IT Fundamentals course helps you determine if you have a competency for IT and whether IT is the right career path for you. This extensive course covers all areas of IT foundations and focuses on the essential skills and knowledge needed to perform tasks commonly performed by advanced end-users and entry-level IT professionals alike.

You will learn to identify and explain the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, applications and software, software development, database fundamentals and security. In addition, you will learn to install software, establish basic network connectivity, identify/prevent basic security risks, and explain troubleshooting theory and preventative maintenance of devices.

The IT Fundamentals course also prepares you to take the CompTIA ITF+ exam, which, if passed, earns you CompTIA ITF+ certification, which is a vendor-neutral industry certificate and counts for 3 credit hours toward certain majors in the Florida College System.

Live online class time: Mondays through Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Path 2: Web Development Fundamentals ← Click to read more.

The Web Development Fundamentals course teaches essential Web page development skills. You will learn to develop Web sites using Hypertext Markup Language version 5 (HTML5) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). You will learn to write code manually, as well as use graphical user interface (GUI) authoring tools. You also will learn to insert images, create hyperlinks, and add tables, forms, video, and audio to your Web pages.

In addition to learning HTML5 and CSS, you will explore how to use HTML5 Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to extend the functionality of Web pages, such as geolocation, drag-and-drop, canvas, and offline Web applications. Other topics include validating HTML code, recognizing the importance of search engine optimization (SEO), using style sheets extensively to format Web page content, and implementing fundamental design concepts. Throughout the course, you will learn how Web sites are developed as managed projects. You also will explore e-commerce solutions and relate Web site development to business goals.

The Web Development Fundamentals course also prepares you to take the CIW Site Development Associate exam, which, if passed, earns you the CIW Site Development Associate certification, which is a vendor neutral industry certification and counts for 3 credit hours toward certain majors in the Florida College System.

Live online class time: Mondays through Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Qualifications and Application

Each accelerated training course will enroll approximately 30 participants who are interested in accessing higher paying jobs through skill and professional development. Participants will be selected based on their ability to commit to the program, interest in IT or computer programming and web development, personal desire to improve their circumstances, and proven ability to overcome obstacles.

To qualify for the program, you must...

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