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County Veterans Affairs launches Chicago Cook Technology Academy and Veteran-Owned Small Business Grants programs

Chicago Cook Technology Academy has partnered with Microsoft and National Able Network to offer a free seven-week program that provides veterans with critical career skills in the technology industry.

Participants will be trained in cloud development or cloud administration and upon completion will have the opportunity to interview for full-time positions within the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs network of hiring partners.

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

Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2022 Tech Academy that begins on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Applications should be submitted by Friday, Oct. 14.

Veterans and transitioning service members interested in applying for the Tech Academy are asked to attend an information session. Information sessions are held virtually on Mondays at 10 a.m. 

Veteran-Owned Small Business Grants Offered through the County’s Bureau of Economic Development, $1 million of The Source Grow Grant program is allocated to assist veteran-owned small businesses.

This funding will provide finance and marketing mentorship to help build and grow businesses as well as assistance with the grant application.

The program will support businesses in the hardest-hit sectors to continue their recovery and resiliency from the pandemic, scale their operations and thrive in Cook County by awarding a $10,000 grant. Applications are being accepted until Monday, Oct. 31.

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