IT Month in Illinois
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April is IT Month in Illinois

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner declared April 2017 as Information Technology Month in IL to celebrate the important work being done by IT professionals statewide and to encourage students to understand the growing opportunities in IT and the workforce. CompTIA, Creating IT Futures and their partners have slated several events during April to help students and adults learn about IT careers and trends and connect those students and adults to employers for jobs. The IT industry continues to grow as a rapid rate in Illinois, contributing an estimated 5.3% to the IL economy. The tech industry employs more than 234,000 in IL, with an average yearly salary of more than $95,000. The tech industry expects to add another 30,000 jobs by 2025, and it’s important to develop a pipeline to fill those jobs.

Resume Week
April 3-6
9:00am-4:00pm
The Wilbur Wright College
Career Planning & Placement Center
Science Building, Room S-128
4300 N. Narragansett
Chicago, IL 60634
Employers are invited to come to WWCC and review students’ resumes with them so that they’re ready for the Wright College Spring Job Fair & Career Day. Students do not need an appointment. For more info, call 773-481-8527.

ITA Tech Talent Teaser Competition Opens
Monday, April 3
ITA has launched the Tech Challenge Teaser, an individual based programming and coding skills competition for current university students in the US. Compete for the chance to win $1,000 and to be recognized at ITA's Tech Summit in May! More info here. 

Innovative Internships Event
Wednesday, April 12, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Thompson Center with CPS and CCC

IT Teacher Professional Development Workshop
Friday, April 14
Moraine Valley CC
Half-day professional development workshop for high school and community college teachers of computer/network support topics. Video recap of one of these workshops is here. Teachers can register here.

Mock Interview Week
April 17-20
9:00am-4:00pm
The Wilbur Wright College
Career Planning & Placement Center
Science Building, Room S-128
4300 N. Narragansett
Chicago, IL 60634
Students, need help with your interviewing? Come practice with the experts before the Wright College Spring Job Fair & Career Day. Appointments required. For more info, call 773-481-8527.

CPS Field Trip to IL DoIT HQ
Wednesday, April 19, 11:00am-12:00pm
Thompson Center Department of IT
Hardik Bhatt, State of IL CIO, will speak to Chicago Public Schools students at the Thompson Center Department of IT offices on the 6th floor.

Spring 2017 Job Fair & Career Day
Featuring: Information Technology
The Wilbur Wright College
Thursday, April 27
10:00am-2:00pm
Wright College Events Building Atrium
4300 N. Narragansett Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634
Career Fair where employers with real job openings are invited to participate and interview students for potential follow-up for their positions.

Build It! Raspberry Pi Student Challenge
Saturday, April 29
Illinois Tech
Competition for Illinois high school students at Illinois Tech – more info here.

College of DuPage STEM-CON
Saturday, April 29
STEM-CON is a public outreach event designed to inspire and educate middle and high school students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This family-friendly event encourages scientific discovery through hands-on activities and demonstrations while providing the opportunity to learn about scientific careers from actual researcher, industry representatives, and STEM educators. Learn more.

Creating IT Futures

A 501(c)(3) charity was established in 1998 by CompTIA, the Information Technology Industry Trade Association, as a way to help people improve their lives through IT careers.

Mission

We help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers.

Contact

Creating IT Futures
c/o CompTIA
3500 Lacey Road, Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: (630) 678-8300
Email: info@creatingitfutures.org