Two Fusion Program Student Information Sessions
Scheduled in August

Advance IT Minnesota will conduct student information sessions Aug. 27 & 29 for the Fusion Program / IT Residencies

With its IT Residency component, the FUSION Program combines high-quality university education with applied experience to forge a dynamic career track for IT specialists passionate about application and web development. For individuals who have earned two-year degrees in related programs or have completed equivalent university-level course work, FUSION leads to a bachelor’s degree and a proven pathway to full-time employment.

Learn more about FUSION! Attend one of two upcoming student information sessions:

  • 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 27
    1380 Energy Park Place (EPP), Suite 104, Energy Lane, St Paul (Midway campus) | MAP
  • Noon, Friday, August 29
    Ecolab, L302 (Library), 700 Maria Ave, St Paul  (St Paul campus) | MAP

To register email and indicate which session you’d like to attend.

FUSION Program in the News

Fusion Program participant, NativeX (Sartell, MN/Minneapolis/San Francisco), cites its work with Advance IT Minnesota's FUSION PROGRAM in this St. Cloud Times online story, Coding classes strive for broader interest in tech:

One key to recruiting IT talent is connecting with college students. Collaborations such as the FUSION Program help NativeX show students what the work is like and how to prepare for it.
-Jeff Bollinger
Chief Technology Officer
NativeX, Sartell, MN

Discussing the benefits of expanding interest in IT careers in order to fill available industry opportunities, Jeff Bollinger, NativeX's chief technology officer in Sartell, explains how one key to that process is reaching out to college students. NativeX helps students understand what the work is like and how to prepare for it. Along with college internships, the company is taking part in Advanced IT Minnesota's Fusion program, an application and Web-development program that pairs students with employers to provide training while students are in school. The program serves the University of Minnesota, Minnesota State University, Mankato and Metropolitan State University.
Read the full story


2014 MnSCU IT Talent Match & Meet Up

2014 MnSCU IT Talent & Employer Match & Meet Up Slated Oct. 16

Today’s IT employers want tech-savvy pros. Yet they also want well-rounded employees, with passion, who communicate ideas and understand business team perspectives. The 2014 MnSCU IT Talent & Employer Match and Meet Up will help you show employers you offer what they want.
Our September 17 prep event will help you develop your personal brand and show you how to bring your ‘A’ game.
Our October 16 Meet Up will let you deliver your brand message to top IT employers actively seeking talent.

Preregistration required for both events.
Space is limited, so Register Early.

FREE for MnSCU students, faculty and alumni; all others $7.
Registration includes refreshments.

July 2014 Advance IT Minnesota Student & Alumni eResources Bulletin.

Darartu Gamada, a 2014 Aspirations in Computer Award recipient, recently "job-shadowed" with tech professionals at Peoplenet in Minnetonka, MN, a leading provider of fleet mobility systems to the transportation industry.

Aspirations in Computing Award Recipients Job-Shadowing This Summer

Ahhh, summertime when you're young ... barbecues, swimming pools, hanging out ... debugging code with tech professionals.

Actually that last one might pertain mostly to select young women such as Darartu Gamada, a 2014 Aspirations in Computing Award recipient who recently job-shadowed at Peoplenet in Minnetonka, MN. As part of her day, Darartu sat in on Scrum planning and hardware project review meetings, lunched with Peoplenet's director of program management office, met with hardware engineers to see what their days are like ... and, yes, spent an hour debugging code with a developer.

Job-shadowing and professional mentoring opportunities such as Darartu's are a prime component of the Aspirations in Computing Awards, a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) designed to increase women's meaningful participation in computing careers. Job-shadowing helps connect recipients with networks of other technical young women in the Twin Cities metro area. Advance IT Minnesota partnered with a number of Minnesota organizations to offer the 2014 Awards, including: Cargill,, ESP-IT, General Mills, Marco, Maverick Software Consulting, Microsoft, The Nerdery, Pearson, PeopleNet, Securian, Sport Ngin, Symantec, TC Chapter of the Association of Women in Computing, Thomson Reuters, Unisys, Upper Midwest Security Alliance (UMSA) and ViaWest.

Read more about the 2014 Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards, and be sure to look into the 2015 Aspirations in Computing Awards. Application deadlines are approaching.