Michigan Shifting Code

  • Shifting Code LogoMichigan Shifting Code is a career transition program designed to address critical workforce shortage areas related to computer programming and other demand occupations which are considered key to helping sustain and grow Michigan’s emerging IT industry. Each Shifting Code project is determined by local market conditions and designed to quickly respond to demand from regional employers with similar program language/staffing needs by customizing training solutions that can be targeted at unemployed or underemployed technical talent or those seeking to transition to high-demand software programming occupations. The program includes an assessment, comprehensive classroom training, mentorship, coaching and a practicum/internship component. By the end of the training, participants are transformed into more adaptable professionals with experiences, knowledge and skills related to their new roles.

    Shifting Code launched in January 2012 with the first cohort completing a Drupal training program through Ann Arbor SPARK in partnership with Washtenaw Community College. Another two cohorts have since received training in JavaScript through a partnership between Wayne County Community College District and the Workforce Intelligence Network, while other cohorts and additional training programs will soon be coming online with plans to launch as many as 10 cohorts around the state this year. Programs will be launched based on employer need and available talent with each cohort focusing on a specific software or related IT skill for a particular geographic region. Each program lasts 2-4 months and classes are held on evenings and weekends. Following classroom training, there is a practicum with an employer where participants gain hands-on skills and get mentoring and support from a participating employer.  


    If you would like to be notified about upcoming Shifting Code opportunities, please fill out this form to be added to our distribution list.  There is no obligation, and in addition to being automatically alerted when registration opens for new Shifting Code cohorts, people who sign up will be provided with periodic updates on other related IT career options and programs.

    Please note: Due to high demand for the limited number of slots available through each cohort, Shifting Code does utilize a competitive application and selection process. Additionally, any candidates accepted into a training program will be required to pay $100 to participate. 

    Employer Participation

    If you are an employer and would like to participate by sponsoring a project or providing a mentor, please send us information by completing this form.

    Current & Upcoming Programs

    Check back for future updates.  If you have any questions, please send an email to ShiftingCode@Michigan.org. 
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