Applications Open for Cook County’s Free Tech Training Course for Veterans

The 11-week program helps place veterans in tech industry jobs upon completion

The Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs (CCVA) is accepting applications for the Chicago Cook Technology Academy (Tech Academy), a training program designed to provide veterans with critical career skills in the technology industry. Cook County has partnered with Microsoft and National Able Network to offer this free 11-week course, which begins July 22, 2024. Applications are due Sunday, July 14, 2024 at midnight.

Veterans who live in Chicago or suburban Cook County are encouraged to apply for the Tech Academy, which is hosting five sessions through 2024. This application period is for the fourth training session. The program launched in October 2022. To date, three sessions have completed, producing 32 graduates, 24 of whom have gained post-training employment. The average starting pay is $30.27 per hour.

Tech Academy programming is based on curriculum developed for Microsoft’s Software and Systems Academy and has been expanded into Cook County by Microsoft at no cost. This is the second region in the nation to offer this programming. The Tech Academy is available to all qualifying veterans but is tailored for service members transitioning out of the military. 

Participants are trained in cloud development or cloud administration by National Able Network’s IT Career Lab expert instructors. Those who complete the course will have the opportunity to interview for a full-time position in entry level IT positions with CCVA’s network of IT hiring partners. 

Cook County allocated $750,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding for this program.

For more information about the Tech Academy and to apply, visit: