Chicago Cook Technology Academy

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About the Chicago Cook Technology Academy

Cook County has partnered with Microsoft and National Able Network to form the Chicago Cook Technology Academy, a free 7-week program that provides veterans with critical career skills in the technology industry. Participants are trained in cloud development or cloud administration and upon completion will have the opportunity to interview for full-time positions in this field. 

Training is delivered in-person by IT Career Lab expert instructors on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. IT Career Lab is a division of National Able Network that trains and prepares students to earn industry-recognized certifications.

Information on how to apply can be found at the bottom of this page.

Classes are focused on Microsoft Cloud Technology (Azure) and Computer Networking (CompTIA Network+). 

About Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104)

After completing the CompTIA Network+ unit, students begin studying for the AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator credential. This course teaches IT professionals how to manage their Azure subscriptions, secure user identities, administer Microsoft-cloud infrastructure, configure virtual networking, implement storage solutions, create virtual machines, implement web apps and more.  

About CompTIA Network+

The Network+ validates a person’s knowledge and skills to: design and implement functional networks; configure, manage and maintain essential network devices; use devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks; and implement network security, standards and protocols.

Class Schedule

Classes are anticipated to begin during the following timeframes:

  • October 2022
  • March 2023
  • August 2023
  • March 2024
  • August 2024

Required Documentation

Once accepted into the Tech Academy, the following materials will be collected during orientation, which is held the week before the class begins:

  • DD214 form (or transition orders)
  • Driver's license (to make an official copy)
  • Social security card (to make an official copy)


If you have any questions about the Tech Academy, please email the IT Career Lab at or call 312-994-4200.

How to Apply

Veterans interested in learning more about the Tech Academy can sign up to attend a regularly scheduled information session hosted by IT Career Lab or call 312-994-4200.