What is the IT Institute?
The Maricopa IT Institute (MITI) is a regional workforce training and education center that provides tailored industry workforce solutions to successfully meet industries' specialized workforce needs. MITI values its regional partnerships. It is through providing innovative programs and opportunities that MITI is able to bridge students and industry partners together, in order to solve problems and enhance workforce solutions.
How much do programs cost?
Non-credit course prices vary. Credit courses are $97 per credit hour plus a one-time $15 application fee to enroll.
What are the time commitments for Institute programs?
Our courses tend to be accelerated to help our students with reskilling and up-skilling. We offer weekend courses, evening courses, 5, 8, 14, and 16-week courses. We also have self-paced online courses.
What programs does the Institute offer?
Why take courses through the Institute?
Many employability skills are cross-sector skills and should be offered at all Institutes; e.g. resume and interview resources, industry workshops for managers, teamwork, communication, etc. Additionally, manufacturing and other sectors all need technical skills such as Microsoft office savvy like excel, technical writing skills, and documentation.
What is required to take classes through the Institute?
Some courses require prerequisites or permission of the instructor. Some courses are open to all.
What classes are held?
Some courses are held online, other courses are located at the Mesa Community College Southern and Dobson campus. MITI works closely with the Green Flag Entrepreneurial Center and the Mesa Chamber of Commerce. Each of our locations includes testing centers where students can take industry certification exams. Training can also be held at the industry partner’s on-site location at the industry partner’s request.
Will courses from the institute appear on my transcript?
Credit courses will appear on your transcript. Non-credit courses will appear on your transcript, pending prior learning assessment.
Are the courses through the Institute credit or non-credit?
MITI courses and training, comprises online offerings, on-site education, credit and non-credit classes, hands-on training, industry-specialized workshops, boot camps, and fast-track bearing coursework with hybrid and accelerated seat times. MITI prides itself on analyzing current labor market data and convening the IT industry sector to assure quality education for our students and regional workforce partners.
Can I transfer credits from the IT Institute to a degree pathway?
Navigators at the Institutes should be ready to advise for both technical and pathway programs to serve students/participants with critical information that may impact completion such as Prior Learning Assessments (PLA) that are mapped to certifications. GPS pathways that are aligned with career assessment tools and tuition reimbursement eligible resources offered by employers make it important for both employers and those paying for workforce training. This will also create a life-long learning mindset for new pathway graduates enrollments.
How much assistance will I receive in finding a job?
Our workforce ecosystem delivers experience-based apprenticeships, internships, industry tours, and mentors to its students. MITI offers employee readiness and soft-skill training as well as hosting job fairs, recruitment connections, and facilitation of interviews with industry partners.
Are there any funding opportunities with the IT Institute?
There are many funding opportunities through MITI. Students may apply for the following: Grants, WIOA, Scholarships, and Financial Aid.
Instructor Backgrounds:
Instructors are chosen from the relevant industry sector and are approved to teach credit/non-credit courses. They provide video lead instruction from the worksite, streamed to multiple institutes, tested by industry benchmarks and certifications.
Course Delivery Options:
Courses offered in a variety of times, online offerings, onsite, credit and non-credit, hands-on training, and workshops in convenient locations. Credit and fast track bearing coursework with hybrid and accelerated seat time, non-credit soft skills, assessments, and lab time are also available for hands-on training.
How does the Institute stay current on their program content?
For Institutes and for the college CTE programs within their sector. This would include faculty and industry in an annual convening hosted by the institutes. This industry convening can serve as the advisory feedback session needed by the college faculty and include the content specialists in addition to the (ISC) and district workforce leadership teams. These comprehensive sector convenings could be a resource for CTE.
How will I test for my certifications?
We are a Certiport PearsonVue testing center.
Why would industries want to work with the IT Institute?
MITI builds Regional and Adjunct Faculty/Instructor pools recruited from and provided by industry partners – that integrate training with college pathway faculty to teach both credit and non-credit courses and grow sections and FTSE for their CTE programs:
  • Pay and train industry adjunct/instructors to teach both at the worksite as well as at the institutes and colleges
  • MCOR – enroll teaching talent with both Maricopa and MCOR so that the flexibility and load hours are not difficult to navigate.
  • Design instructor preparation interventions (canvas, paperwork completion, classroom management, grades, proctoring, certifications acquired) to meet future workforce pipeline growth areas, provide wrap-around employment readiness and create lab space and employment space for connecting the industry with the talent.
What regional institutions does MITI serve?
MITI serves multiple colleges within the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). The Institute serves a regional collaboration and consolidation of college resources and workforce programming to benefit sector growth, labs, and capital equipment use. The Institute addresses sector priorities for greater economic development growth and demand with data-driven strategies.