Empowering college students to become technology leaders.

The Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence helps students like you prepare for a career in IT through exploration, preparation, connection and experience building!

Real world, hands-on, resume building experience!


The Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence offers a wide range of hands-on training and career readiness opportunities to help college students be successful in future technical careers.
Take advantage of resume building and growth opportunities in high demand, high paying fields like Cybersecurity and Data Science; or learn soft skills, participate in internships, and much more.

Explore – find excellent career information, websites, scholarships, and professional associations to join!
Prepare – for your career, find out which soft skills employers want, and watch Career Readiness videos.
Connect – join a group, discuss innovative ideas, connect with employers, and apply for FUSION residencies and internships.
Experience – camps, competitions, workshops, events, and professional development trainings.

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IT Connect Community

IT Connect: Community is a collaboration platform specifically designed to help the Tech community of Minnesota continuously connect, collaborate, present challenges, and share solutions.
IT Connect: Community has events, surveys, polls, file sharing, team projects, special interest groups and more. Build more partnerships, inspire greater innovation, and hire the best IT talent for the future.

IT Connect Community  


Are you ready for your career?

While attending college, make sure you make a plan to prepare for your career!  Employers want students who are ready to contribute to the organization on day one, so you need to be ready!

FUSION Employer-Led Learning


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Many organizations in Minnesota and across the nation are incorporating Internet of Things  (IoT) technologies into their products, processes and business models. Gartner IoT predicts that there will be nearly 20 billion devices connected to the IoT by 2020 and that IoT product and service suppliers will amount to a business of $300 billion in revenue with retail, healthcare, and industrial/supply chain and transportation leading the way. In this month’s  IT Connect Career Spo...

Exploring Careers in Cyber Security

The Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence is committed to strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity workforce through curriculum development and helping to ensure we have a pipeline of well-trained cybersecurity workers today.

IT Career Spotlight: Web Development Careers

What does a Web Developer do?   Web Developers perform an array of tasks each day,  so if you’re allergic to monotony,  thrive on creativity, understand languages like C++ and find technical problem solving as easy as pi, web development is the calling for you!
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