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Grant Offers 15 Scholarships to Train for IT Jobs


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - There are high-paying jobs in Mid-Michigan, but the problem is there aren't enough qualified workers to fill those positions, especially in the IT industry.

Thanks to a federal grant, a team of local agencies and a local employer is looking to fix that with a new scholarship program through the E-Pathways.

Lansing-based web hosting company Liquid Web is always looking to hire, especially full-time system administrators. Starting pay for the job is $30-50,000 a year with benefits.

"We host over one million websites in Lansing," said Travis Stoliker, marketing and sales director for Liquid Web. "Our system administrators are the ones that repair those sites when they crash."

But finding candidates with the right qualifications can be challenging. Some job seekers say it's because high-tech training costs a lot of money, which is hard to afford when you don't have a job.

That's part of the reason why Liquid Web has partnered with Capital Area Michigan Works and Capital Area IT Council. The agency will offer 15 scholarships valued at about $5,000 each to unemployed or underemployed candidates who will get an intense three week crash-training course in Linux Operating Systems for free. The high-tech training will take place at Lansing Community College's West Campus.

Michigan Works officials say the goal is to get trainees hired by Liquid Web.

"It's based on the interest level and the enthusiasm, because what the IT sector really needs in good employees is excitement," said Andrea Ragan, executive director of the Capital Area IT Council.

However, employment is not guaranteed after the program. Candidates must still pass the Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator Exam, a certification required to work as a system administrator at Liquid Web. The average passing rate of the test is less than 50 percent.

The training is expected to take place in May and Liquid Web hopes to hire right after that. If you want to participate, the deadline to start the scholarship application process is next Thursday. Visit Seen on 6 for more information.

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