IT training at OCC translates to jobs

Waterford resident Jay Braman, a software developer for 30 years, lost his job when the company where he worked closed its doors in 2013.
Following a job interview, Braman realized he needed to update his skills. Lucky for him, he heard about Code ReConnect (.net), a programming and web development training at Oakland Community College that landed him a job following eight weeks of training.
The program—a collaboration of Automation Alley, Kelly IT Resources and Michigan Works! Agencies of Oakland County — offers a variety of programming and web development courses: HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, MVC 4 in ASP.NET and Entity Framework.  
With the help of program partner Kelly Services IT, he was offered a position at Stahls’ ID Direct after completing training.
“It was a great introduction to the latest technologies and tools,” he said of Code ReConnect. “I got an excellent start on all things web.”
Funded through a $5 million U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration grant, its goal is to place local residents in high-demand programming and web development jobs.
OCC is now recruiting participants for the program’s second cohort, which has been expanded to 13 weeks of training.
“Many Southeast Michigan employers are experiencing a skills gap in technical areas, including Information Technology,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, CDF, BSP, Director, Oakland County Michigan Works! Troy. “Code Reconnect addresses the skills gap IT employers are facing.”
A critical component of Code ReConnect is its partnership with a local Workforce Agency, a training provider such as a Community College and an employer, said Kristi Arnone, EdEn Inc., who serves as the program’s grant administrator. 
The training provides job candidates the preparation to enter the IT industry. Michigan Works! and Kelly Services provides interview and resume preparation, coaching and employment opportunities. OCC provides a solid, industry-driven program and Automation Alley and Kelly Services offers a network of career opportunities.   
The program’s second session runs January 5 to April 2, 2015 with students testing for certification the week of March 9. A $75 enrollment fee is required prior to the first class. The entire enrollment fee is refundable upon successful completion of the curriculum and receipt of Microsoft certification.
To register for an information session, visit
About OCC:
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is celebrating its 50th year. OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25thlargest in the nation. It offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit