Blackhawk Technical College

To address emerging needs in the Information Technology (IT) sector in Rock and Green Counties, Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) has implemented strategies to improve pathways to IT programs and employment, and to improve retention and completion in our IT programs. The TAACCCT3 grant provides IT lab assistants who work with students and instructors in all of our IT programs to provide classroom support, open labs, individual and group tutoring and referrals to academic support and student services as needed, helping students complete their coursework and programs. The IT Outreach Specialist coordinates with local workforce development programs, job centers and area employers to ensure participants have the skills and training needed for job readiness. The IT Outreach Specialist also focuses on recruiting, retention and completion in our IT programs for the target population, “soft skills” development including interviewing and resume preparation, and access to BTC services such as internships, advising and tutoring as needed. BTC will implement a competency-based computer basics course to enrich computer literacy skills for all students and create an IT career pathways guide that meets the needs of local students and employers.