The Cluster for Information Technology, Innovation, Education, Design, and Technological Development of Montenegro, ICT Cortex, continues its educational program in the field of ICT.

In December, the education of a new generation of high school students from Bijelo Polje, Podgorica, and Nikšić started, and today, applications are open for educational programs designed for students and adult participants who want to enter the world of IT.

The new cycle of Cortex Academy offers an opportunity to gain knowledge and improve skills in the field of programming (front-end and back-end) and software testing. The top-performing participants will also have the opportunity to attend courses on soft skills development (communication, teamwork, time management, problem-solving, etc.) during the training.

Applications for students and adult participants will be open until February 26, 2023, and can be submitted by filling out the application form on the Cortex Academy website.

Regarding front-end and back-end programming, participants will have free opportunity to choose one of five career paths (Angular, React, PHP-Laravel, C# and, or Node.js) based on personal preferences and prior knowledge. Through the educational platform, participants will be able to prepare for real projects and practical work in companies from the comfort of their homes or any other location (all that is needed is a computer, internet access, and willingness). The online part of the education, which includes introductory and advanced courses, will last for 5 months. After completing the online courses, academy participants will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in one of the renowned Montenegrin IT companies that are members of the cluster, with mentoring provided by experienced IT professionals, and even employment opportunities!

Software testing, as a specialized focus, is the only commercial education program within Cortex Academy that will be fully conducted in person, with lectures and mentoring by one of the top experts in this field in Montenegro, Marko Dragović (Testing expert at Amdocs). This course is particularly suitable for career changers, as it does not require prior experience and provides a comprehensive overview of the testing domain while equipping participants with the necessary tools, ideas, concepts, and techniques to become proficient software testing engineers. The course fee and more information can be found on the Cortex Academy website.

During the second cycle of Cortex Academy, the executive office of ICT Cortex will pay equal attention to enhancing the skills of the existing workforce in cluster member companies. Various training programs are planned to improve technical skills, as well as workshops and networking events aimed at enhancing the soft skills of employees in cluster member companies.

The educational program of Cortex Academy is implemented with the support of the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of Montenegro, Help Montenegro (Reconomy Project), and the “Čini dobro” Foundation.