Manifest Solutions offers IT training that pays the bills

Jess Deyo
Columbus CEO
Manifest Solutions CEO Nancy Matijasich

IT consulting company Manifest Solutions already stands out for being one of few women-founded tech companies, but its specialty training program takes it one step further.

Founder and CEO Nancy Matijasich created Manifest Solutions from her kitchen in 1994 with the intention of changing the IT industry. At the time, there was a lack of diversity and an opportunity to treat employees better, she says.

“It’s been quite an interesting journey watching the industry change over the past 34 years for my total career."

Today, Manifest Solutions has 117 employees and is still working to change the status quo with its Agility Bootcamp, created in 2011 to teach processes, methodologies and critical thinking skills in technology that many colleges don’t delve into. It’s also intended to diversify the tech talent pool.

“Most of the students who come in will say, I’ve learned more in six weeks, I feel more prepared than ever to go out and actually perform my job than four years of college,” says Manifest Vice President Douglas Deken.

The company partners with local colleges like Columbus State Community College and Central State University to offer scholarship programs to market the program to students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in tech.

Participants are also hired full-time at the beginning of training with the full intention of keeping them beyond the program, Deken says.

The six-week bootcamp has had 150 participants since its launch, and many have gone on to work with major companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft. The next bootcamp will take place in October.