Develop your IT career with in-demand IT certificates at NO COST to you! Global Lynx, in partnership with the State of Ohio, is able to provide Ohioans with free IT training in certified credentials required for in-demand information technology jobs. The IMAP program will serve both underemployed and unemployed professionals looking to earn credentials or switch careers. Our courses are online, live, and instructor-led by experienced IT consultants. Along with free tuition, an exam will also be provided for each course to take the industry-accepted certification examination. Fill out the form below to get started today!
The IMAP grant was created by the State of Ohio to provide opportunities for low-income, partially unemployed, or fully unemployed Ohioans to participate in a training program and receive a microcredential at NO COST. Some IT experience is preferred for our course offerings, but not required.
Gain both technical and managerial skills with our approved IMAP courses:
If you are currently unemployed, underemployed, a recent graduate, or looking to make a career change, fill out our application to see if you are eligible today!
"I'm not sure where my job search would be without the IMAP program and the work done by Global Lynx to provide the courses and amazing instructors. I was able to take advantage of 3 of the courses offered. I would not have been able to afford them due to the length of my unemployment (2 years). I gained confidence, knowledge, and a boost to my profile/resume. Relevant and highly sought after skills. I can't place value on the importance of this. This program saved me and my family. I spent two years looking non stop for a new opportunity. No luck. Once I was able to add two certificates to my profile, I had three job offers within a month. I start my new opportunity in two weeks, which is a larger role than the one I was released from, and I feel it is the IMAP program and Global Lynx that put me over the top. The IMAP program truly was a life saver for me and my family. "Kurt Manngard
"I have thoroughly enjoyed both of my classes I have taken at Global Lynx. The instruction and material was exceptional (John Buk), and the support and guidance (Ben French) is top notch. ITIL and DevOps was something I hadn't been exposed to, but after taking both classes I now have a solid knowledge of each of them! Thank you for providing such a great program!"Anonymous
"I recently spoke to my candidates who are both working with you regarding their training with Global Lynx. I am happy to say they are both impressed and appreciative of the opportunity and are looking forward to their next courses. I wanted to tell you thank you for taking great care of our military members. I appreciate the service and training you are providing them. They overwhelmingly told me they would recommend your program to others."Michele Pershing - Interactive Government Holdings (IGH)
"Your courses find a way to breakdown industry standard IT courses in a comprehensive way. As a newcomer into the world of IT. The knowledge I have acquired in these courses and the certificates obtained will help propel my career forward in the future."Joseph Wolff
"I have worked with Global Lynx for 3 different IT certifications. I have been able to achieve my ITIL Foundation, CompTIA Security+, and CompTIA Network+ certifications all within the span of 3 months. With their help, I was able to pass each one on the 1st try. The education and materials I received to help me were top notch. All of the instructors are professionals in their fields with a lot of expertise and stories to share. They did everything possible to make sure I could pass the exams from scheduling extra study sessions, to extra Zoom meetings with classmates to go over study materials and tips from those who already passed the certification exams. I HIGHLY recommend Global Lynx for any of your IT education and development needs. Their staff and professionals have all been knowledgeable and caring, wanting to do everything they can to help you achieve your goals and expand your career. Thank you Global Lynx and thank you for allowing me the opportunities to work with you and your team."Abby Krane
"When the pandemic began, I was released from employment. A friend sent me a posting about the state of Ohio working with the unemployed to train and further their working skill set through certifications. I applied to Global Lynx’s program offering training in my field of IT development ,and offering certification training towards goals I had set before losing employment. Working with the Team has been fantastic. Helping me achieve ITIL4 certification within a week and now moving on to Network and Security + certifications. Getting in touch with the Team at Global Lynx has been an enormous ray of sunshine in these darker days we have been living in."Anonymous
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|Certified Ethical Hacker||is the world’s most advanced certified ethical hacking course, covering 20 of the most current security domains any IT pro will need to know when bullet-proofing the information security of their organization. This EC-Council accredited course provides advanced tools and techniques used by hackers and information security professionals.||40 hours|
|CompTIA Network+||is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks. Jobs like network field technician and junior network administrator use the skills validated by CompTIA Network+ certification. Companies like Apple, Best Buy, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ricoh, the United States Department of Defense and Verizon all look for CompTIA Network+ certification in hiring.||40 hours|
|CompTIA Security+||is an international, vendor-neutral certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue IT security careers. Security+ emphasizes hands-on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of issues. It focuses on the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection.||40 hours|
|DevOps Foundation||provides understanding of basic DevOps concepts (how DevOps is used to improve communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and IT operations professionals).||16 hours|
|ITIL 4 Foundation||provides perspective of the whole IT picture, not just hardware. It teaches several IT process lifecycles, (ie. change management, problem management, incident management, etc.).||20 hours|
A: Our courses are all live, online, and instructor-led, so a working computer with web cam and internet connection is required. Attendance is also required. Our courses will take place anywhere from 4-8 hours per day for up to two weeks, so time commitment is essential.
A: The certifications offered through the IMAP program are the most relevant ones being sought by organizations in the marketplace. Having one or more of these certifications can definitely help you find a new or a better job. We recommend that you do research in your area, as markets around the state can have higher demand.
A: Absolutely nothing. The IMAP program is fully funded by the Government. All you have to do is to take the class and do your best on it to get certified.
A: There are no formal requirements. However, we strongly recommend that you have a solid IT background. Extensive experience is not necessary.
A: Some foundational courses may help you get a better understanding of IT, but you might need more than that to start a career in IT coming from a different field. Some other courses are very technical and do require an IT background.
A: Unfortunately not. This program is for either unemployed or underemployed people only.
A: Unfortunately not. This program is for Ohio residents only.
A: Yes. You are entitled to take any number of courses in the IMAP program, as long as they are relevant to your background and goals.
A: Yes. We expect your commitment to responsibly attend the full course, spend time studying on your own and prepare for taking the certification exam.
A: The IMAP program covers only one exam attempt. If you fail your exam on the first try, you can take a subsequent attempt by covering the actual cost of the certification exam.