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Community Education Fund

DPI's Pritzker Tech Talent Labs’ Community Education Unit creates programming for K-14 students and computer science teachers to develop skills and pathways into computing and tech-related fields.

Our goal is simple: to significantly increase the number of Black, Latinx, female, and other underrepresented populations pursuing and completing degrees and certificates in computer science, data science, and related fields of study at Illinois institutions.

We design programs to help students build tech skills and competencies, foster a sense of belonging in the tech world, and create a smoother pathway to guide historically underrepresented groups into technology careers. We recognize that this work cannot exist in a bubble; we partner with school districts, universities, community colleges and tech companies to ensure that our pipeline is robust, our curriculums are relevant, and our outcomes are meaningful.

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Apprenticeship Fund

DPI’s Pritzker Tech Talent Labs Workforce Development Unit aims to reskill and upskill adult learners that are rethinking their careers. Our apprenticeship programs create pathways to occupational and financial stability, helping Illinois residents acquire the skills needed to adapt and thrive in the digital economy. Our North Star: Increase Chicago’s digital talent supply and drive representative economic growth in the region through innovative, mastery-oriented upskilling programs and student services designed to match student skills and career aspirations with company needs.

The Apprenticeship Fund mitigates unanticipated expenses or financial barriers that prevent individuals from participating in, or staying on-track with its programs. This fund provides assistance with a variety of needs, including food insecurity, professional attire, network building, transportation, and more.

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New Building Fund

We are thinking big. DPI’s new headquarters , designed by renowned architects OMA and Jacobs, will anchor The 78 — Chicago’s new innovation district. The building will occupy a one-acre site southwest of the Loop, and will include more than 200,000 square feet of office, classrooms, labs, and event space for DPI and its partners. An eight-story layered dome of glass and steel, the building is designed to create strong connections to the vibrant communities surrounding it, as well as the adjacent riverfront, and the future phases of the larger Innovation District at The 78.

The first floor will be populated with public spaces — a café, auditorium, and multipurpose exhibition space/classrooms. The building’s main entry will be located at 15th Street and Wells-Wentworth, and a Richard Hunt sculpture will anchor the site’s landscape.

The project is expected to break ground in 2024, becoming the first building to begin construction in The 78.

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DPI General Fund

Help DPI create a stronger Illinois by preparing promising and diverse Illinoisans for lucrative and resilient tech jobs, by creating a place for our community to turn ideas into new products, and by growing businesses.

The DPI General Fund provides critical unrestricting funding that can be used where it is needed most to ensure that DPI’s impact continues to grow.

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