LITTLE FALLS — Little Falls-based education technology training provider Atomic Learning recently partnered with Pine Technical College, North Central Texas College, Central Lakes College and Ridgewater College on a grant proposal to improve rural information technology (IT) job preparation programs called the Rural Information Technology Alliance.
“Atomic Learning plans to support this alliance through internships, subject matter expertise and steering the project through an advisory committee,” said Jon Blissenbach, vice president of product and business development at Atomic Learning, in a news release.
“Too often we hear students being told that if they want to stay in the area they should go into manufacturing or healthcare, and we’re excited to be part of a project that will broaden those options, leading to a more diversified pool of rural professionals,” said Jenny Castle, director of human resources at Atomic Learning.
Founded by former IT educators, Atomic Learning reports it is dedicated to helping learners go from “awkward to awesome by helping them unleash the power of technology in their teaching, learning and life.” Atomic Learning provides professional development, classroom technology integration and software support solution for learners, and primarily educators, to utilize technology to engage students to positively impact achievement.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, led by Pine Technical College are working together to develop the Rural Information Technology Alliance. This coalition of four colleges, allied workforce centers, industry partners and IT employers proposes to implement a project that will address critical rural IT workforce needs. This will be accomplished by upgrading college programs, constructing career ladders and removing barriers to TAA-eligible workers and other adult workforce center clients so that they may enter the IT workforce, find high-wage employment and fill the gaps in the rural IT workforce. The program will develop or expand a range of IT programs that will be available at all colleges, either on-site, online or via hybridized solutions. All programs are designed for completion within two years and have various entry and exit points.