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ExperienceIT is adding an “after hours” format and self-guided online modules to its training program in Detroit this fall.

Two dozen students accepted to the nonprofit’s fall 2017 cohort will use self-directed online modules that accompany an evening classroom curriculum. The program will run for 12 weeks and offer in-classroom work 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, according to a news release. Work will include project-based initiatives, teacher interaction and site visits to partner companies.

The cohort is made up of employed and unemployed students, including a teacher and a law firm staffer, the release said. The training is a part of a partnership between Detroit-based tech companies to offer free IT training and transition students into the workplace.

“For its first 3 years ExperienceIT was full-time, Monday through Friday, for 10 weeks – arguably a challenging time commitment for many to undertake,” Detroit-based Marketing Associates LLC Chief Technology Officer Andy Frey said in a statement. “For 2017 and beyond we wanted our program to be more flexible and available to an even more diverse range of potential students with an aptitude and passion for IT, including those currently working but looking to retool.”

The fall class will teach C# software development along with soft skills, which will be directed and administered by Detroit-based Workforce Intelligence Network.

ExperienceIT provides a pipeline to its list of partner companies that include Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, New Jersey-based GalaxE.Solutions Inc., Detroit-based Title Source and Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. and Detroit-based In-House Realty and Marketing Associates, among others.

The training program has graduated more than 175 students, with 73 percent getting full-time positions at a partner company since launching in 2014, the release said.

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