Kelly P.
Middle School Student

I’m learning basic skills
for more opportunity.”
I’m learning basic skills
for more opportunity.”

Kelly P.
Middle School Student

Juan R.
Cyber Security Specialist

I’m securing the network
and my future.

I’m securing the network
and my future.

Juan R.
Cyber Security Specialist

Rachel S.
Senior Web Developer

I’m building intelligent
systems and a better life.

I’m building intelligent systems
and a better life.

Rachel S.
Senior Web Developer

Gain the Tech Skills to Level Up

Are you ready to Level Up, 412? Whether you are looking to…
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add some basic computer skills to your toolkit, 

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shift to a future-proof tech career, 

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boost your skills and have some fun as an elementary/middle/high school student

…we’ve got an opportunity for you!

By the end of the decade, 7 of every 10 new jobs in Pennsylvania will require computer skills; as you move up the economic ladder, that concentration increases. Currently, 82% of middle-income jobs require digital literacy and usage. Digital skills are also more lucrative, paying 17% more than non-digitized counterparts. 

COVID-19 has accelerated these changes, and we’re here to help. LevelUp 412 has brought together some of Pittsburgh’s most adept youth and adult education leadership to present a thoughtful array of courses to start your journey.

AVERAGE STARTING TECH CARRER ANNUAL SALARY

Open tech job postings in 2019

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Increase in Tech Jobs in Pittsburgh by 2030

What Course is Right for You?

Youth

Beginning your IT Journey

Through a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, Microsoft, and LinkedIn, you will learn from real IT professionals about the skills needed to work in IT Support/Help Desk—the gateway to most high-tech careers. Each week, you’ll attend an online class through Zoom, taught by a Pitt faculty member or IT specialist. Topics include operating systems, security, software troubleshooting, networking, and computer operations. Over the next week, you will be asked to watch a video from LinkedIn Learning to reinforce and build on the lesson. A Microsoft team member will be available to provide one-on-one help with understanding the lessons, provide personal mentoring, and offer professional advice. The Digital Inclusion Center is an on-ramp to the information superhighway—helping you learn the skills needed for CompTIA A+ certification, the industry-leading credential for IT support analysts and computing technicians! Come along for the ride and sign up today.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 15+ years old
Length: 6 1.5 hour workshops once a week, once a week mentoring/assistance, up to 10 registrants for each (COURSE FULL)

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Building your first Website

Student will engage in a 4 week course. At the end of the course student will have built their first website.

Week 1: HTML
Week 2: CSS
Week 3: Javascript
Week 4: Review of the Code

Provider: Beta Builders
Length: 12 Hours over 6 Weeks
Student Age: 10-16 years old

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Data 101

In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Pennsylvania’s Regional Data Center(WPRDC), this Data Literacy workshop focuses on building the ability to read, work with, analyze and argue with data as a part of a larger questioning process – a critical skill in today’s world. This session will explore basic data concepts and intro activities related to charting and finding stories in datasets.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: All Ages
Length: 2hr workshops occuring intermittently through the fall of 2020

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Game Design Workshops

In partnership with Pitt’s School of Computing & information, these 4-week game design challenge teaches youth the basics of video game design and coding through the creation of a video game.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 8-10 years old

Length: 4-Week Course (Lesson Presented 1x/Week)

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Intro to Additive Manufacturing

In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Assistance Center, students will learn basic solid modeling design techniques in order to create 3D printed products. Basic skills in CAD drawing and solid modeling will be taught and then the CAD models will be used to 3D print an actual part. The MAC will use the Zoom platform for remote teaching. Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software will be used for the CAD design portion of the program. The models will be created utilizing the 3D printers at the MAC. The MAC will use strategically placed cameras for the students to view the parts as they are prepared and printed.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 15+ years old
Length: 8 2.5 hour workshops; up to 12 registrants

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Intro to Microsoft Office Suite

In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh,Microsoft, LInkedIn Learning and the CTE Business elective course at Pittsburgh Milliones business students will receive virtual workshops by Pitt, MS and Linked In, virtual field trips and can earn cost free Linked In credentials and one of the Microsoft Certifications. They will also explore various careers in the Business sector.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 15-18 years old
Length: 8 weeks of 1-hour course, once a week, with mentoring/assistance as needed (COURSE FULL)

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Programming Concepts w/ Python

In partnership with Pitt’s Digital Scholarhip Series, these workshops will consist of three 1.5 hour sessions over the course of three weeks. Instruction will rely on a cohort model, so learners will be expected to attend all three sessions. The ideal learner for this series will be proficient with using a computer for activities such as creating documents, browsing the internet, and using email, but may not have engaged with tasks like creating spreadsheets or using the command line. This course is not designed to teach learners to code in Python. Rather, it is an on-ramp to realizing the different types of tasks that can be done programmatically using a language like Python, and to begin learning about the logic underlying basic coding functions. The course will cover basics such as programming environments, the command line interface, awareness of various programming languages, and coding concepts such as arithmetic, variables, functions, conditionals, and loops demonstrated in Python.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 15+ years old
Length: 3 1.5 hr workshops once a week , once a week mentoring/TA support . This program will be capped at 10 participants (COURSE FULL)

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The Sweet Sounds of Coding:​ Learning to Code Through Music Course Description

Coding is everywhere-​ in our phones, light switches, buses, and more. Coding is relevant to a wide variety of STEAM professions. However, it is not often taught in a relatable fashion. In this course, we will use EarSketch, an online platform, to teach coding through music. This allows one to learn the Python language in a fun and creative way. ​No prior programming experience is required. ​The course will last for 6 weeks, with two one-hour sessions per week. The instructors will guide you through interactive lessons where you will be able to mix your own music using code. There will be short assessments after each unit. Here is a sample course plan:

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 8-10 years old

Length: 6 Weeks, w/ 2 1-hr Sessions Per Week (COURSE FULL)

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3rd-8th Adventures in Technology

Assorted topics
Provider: Homewood Children’s Village
Student Age: 8-13 years old

Length: Saturdays @ 11am (October 17th, October 31st, November 14th)

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K-5th Robotics

Technology exposure

Provider: Homewood Children’s Village
Student Age: 5-10 years old

Length: Weekdays @4:30 (September 28 – October 30) (COURSE FULL)

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6-12th Digital Media

Technology exposure

Provider: Homewood Children’s Village
Student Age: 11-17 years old

Length: Wednesdays 4:30-6pm (October 28 – December 16) (COURSE FULL)

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IT / Cyber Security

Beginning your IT Journey

Through a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, Microsoft, and LinkedIn, you will learn from real IT professionals about the skills needed to work in IT Support/Help Desk—the gateway to most high-tech careers. Each week, you’ll attend an online class through Zoom, taught by a Pitt faculty member or IT specialist. Topics include operating systems, security, software troubleshooting, networking, and computer operations. Over the next week, you will be asked to watch a video from LinkedIn Learning to reinforce and build on the lesson. A Microsoft team member will be available to provide one-on-one help with understanding the lessons, provide personal mentoring, and offer professional advice. The Digital Inclusion Center is an on-ramp to the information superhighway—helping you learn the skills needed for CompTIA A+ certification, the industry-leading credential for IT support analysts and computing technicians! Come along for the ride and sign up today.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 15+ years old
Length: 6 1.5 hour workshops once a week, once a week mentoring/assistance, up to 10 registrants for each (COURSE FULL)

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Computer Foundations and Application: CIT 100

This is a general computer literacy course. Students learn computer fundamentals (hardware, software, using a Microsoft Windows operating system), essential applications (word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software), working online (networks, Internet and email) and the impact of computing and the Internet on society. Students develop skills with common applications to use a computer as a tool, make informed decisions concerning computer generated information and obtain basic information systems concepts and terminology.

Provider: CCAC
Student Age: 17+ years old
Length: Spring Semester

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Information Technology Fundamentals: CIT 115

This course explores technical issues involved with computers and information technology. Students will be able to set up a basic workstation, conduct basic software installation, establish basic network connectivity, identify compatibility issues, identify/prevent basic security risks and demonstrate knowledge in the areas of safety and preventative maintenance of computers. This course prepares students considering a career in Information Technology (IT) or desiring a more detailed knowledge of IT fundamentals.

Provider: CCAC
Student Age: 17+ years old
Length: Spring Semester

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Networking: CIT120

This course introduces students to computer networking fundamentals. Topics include: network design, network hardware, network operating systems software, data communications, configuration and installation, internetworking, and troubleshooting basic network problems. Using a Microsoft Windows Server-based LAN environment, students practice network administration concepts and activities.

Provider: CCAC
Student Age: 17+ years old
Length: Spring Semester

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Coding / Web Development

Hacking Barriers to Entry: A remote and holistic pathway to tech

6-month, self-paced coding bootcamp via Treehouse Tech Degree. Option of gaining proficiency in any of the following: PHP, Python, UX Design, Front End Development, Full-Stack Development Access to resiliency and work-life balance workshops with The Center for Interracial Relationships, job workshops, personal mentors.

Provider:Womxn in Tech PGH
Student Age: 18+ years old
Length: 6 Months

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Learning Python through Jupyter

In partnership with Pitt’s Digital Scholarship Series, this self-paced online workshop is led by Barry Moore II of the Center for Research Computing and offers an opportunity for ‘side-by-side’learning with University and Community. If you have experience with another programming language or have never programmed at all, this workshop will help you hit the ground running. This workshop approaches Python as a tool to complete data science tasks. Attendees will walk through Python at their own pace covering: types, operators, data structures, loops, flow control, comprehensions, and dealing with files. If you finish the introductory material you can continue to learn about Pandas. Pandas is a Python library which contains useful data structures for completing common data science tasks.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 18+ years old
Length: 1 3-hr workshop available for up to 5 community residents (COURSE FULL)

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Programming- CIT 111

This course is an introduction to software development using the Java programming language. Students create basic Java applications using algorithm development and problem-solving strategies. Topics include the software development process, Java language basics, data type representations and storage considerations, Graphical User Interface (GUI), program control structures, methods and parameter passing, one-dimensional arrays and Object-Oriented Programming (OOP).

Provider: CCAC
Student Age: 17+ years old
Length: Spring Semester

Register Now

Programming Concepts w/ Python

In partnership with Pitt’s Digital Scholarhip Series, these workshops will consist of three 1.5 hour sessions over the course of three weeks. Instruction will rely on a cohort model, so learners will be expected to attend all three sessions. The ideal learner for this series will be proficient with using a computer for activities such as creating documents, browsing the internet, and using email, but may not have engaged with tasks like creating spreadsheets or using the command line. This course is not designed to teach learners to code in Python. Rather, it is an on-ramp to realizing the different types of tasks that can be done programmatically using a language like Python, and to begin learning about the logic underlying basic coding functions. The course will cover basics such as programming environments, the command line interface, awareness of various programming languages, and coding concepts such as arithmetic, variables, functions, conditionals, and loops demonstrated in Python.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 15+ years old
Length: 3 1.5 hr workshops once a week , once a week mentoring/TA support . This program will be capped at 10 participants (COURSE FULL)

Register Now

Mechatronics

Intro to Additive Manufacturing

In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Assistance Center, students will learn basic solid modeling design techniques in order to create 3D printed products. Basic skills in CAD drawing and solid modeling will be taught and then the CAD models will be used to 3D print an actual part. The MAC will use the Zoom platform for remote teaching. Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software will be used for the CAD design portion of the program. The models will be created utilizing the 3D printers at the MAC. The MAC will use strategically placed cameras for the students to view the parts as they are prepared and printed.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 15+ years old
Length: 8 2.5 hour workshops; up to 12 registrants

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Adult Basics

Digital Literacy for Adults

In partnership with the Pitt’s School of Computing & Information, these remote courses will assist older learners in the community with a focus on varying topics including accessing ZOOM,Social Media, YouTube, Digital Creation and the basic functions of operating a digital device.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 55+ years old
Length: 4-week course (lesson presented 1x/week)

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Data 101

In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Pennsylvania’s Regional Data Center(WPRDC), this Data Literacy workshop focuses on building the ability to read, work with, analyze and argue with data as a part of a larger questioning process – a critical skill in today’s world. This session will explore basic data concepts and intro activities related to charting and finding stories in datasets.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: All Ages
Length: 2hr workshops occuring intermittently through the fall of 2020

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Budgeting for Digital Access, Financial Planning for Career Changes

Financial motivation and preparation for workforce transitions

Provider: Financial Empowerment Centers
Student Age: 18+ years old
Length: Monthly meetings throughout, as needed by participant

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Fall registration closes October 15, unless otherwise noted.

Eligibility: LevelUp412 is an equitable-access initiative open to residents of the City of Pittsburgh and select outerlying municipalities (McKees Rocks, Stowe, Homestead, Braddock, North Braddock, East Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg, Duquesne, and McKeesport).

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429 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1900
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412.471.3727
laptops@neighborhoodallies.org

Copyright © 2020, Neighborhood Allies. All Rights Reserved.