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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota

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Headway Program

Getting hired as an IT professional in today’s market is tough. The good news is there’s a new program IT pros can access to improve the odds of gaining employment in this extremely competitive market.

The Headway program was created as a collaborative effort between New Horizons of Minnesota, EXIN and itSMF USA. The goal of the Headway program is to provide an affordable option for unemployed IT professionals looking to expand their skills and earn the ITIL v3 Foundation Certification employers want.

As an initial member of Headway, New Horizons of Minnesota is offering unemployed individuals a substantial discount on a three-day ITIL v3 Foundation course, plus providing the EXIN certification exam. At the completion of the program, all Headway students will also receive discounts on ITIL publications and a free three-month membership to itSMF USA, a professional IT Service Management association. ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) is the most widely accepted approach to IT Service Management in the world. It provides a comprehensive, consistent and coherent set of best practices for IT Service Management, promoting a quality approach to achieving business effectiveness and efficiency in the use of information systems.

According to Foote Partners, ITIL is a skill expected to see a sharp increase in pay and demand. The ITIL Service Management framework has seen widespread adoption by Fortune 500 companies and is increasing in adoption by smaller businesses and the public sector in the United States. A recent search of the job search engine returned more than 6,445 ITIL-related results in the United States, with annual salaries ranging from $40,000 to over $130,000. “We have been educating IT professionals for over 20 years and are seeing the ramifications of the current economy first-hand, “stated Leslie Kapocius, Director of Business Development for New Horizons of Minnesota. “Knowing the value of ITIL certification in the marketplace, we wanted to help unemployed IT pros gain a competitive edge and make headway toward getting a job.”

Additional information including how to participate in the Headway program is available on the New Horizons of Minnesota website at, on the itSMF USA website at or on the EXIN website at Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 7:46 AM Twin Cities IT and Developer Events | Back to top

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