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  • IT-Ready Progress Report 2014

    Six Locations and Growing! IT-Ready has expanded and is currently operated in Cincinnati, Columbus, Minneapolis / St. Paul, New York City, National Capital Region (Silver Spring MD), and Dallas (Opening in Fall 2014).
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  • Getting the Word Out

    When IT-Ready Apprentice Program graduate Ngina Baggett, 26, posed for a close-up this summer, she was a little bit apprehensive. “You’re going to put my photo where?” Just a few weeks later, her photo was on three billboards in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. “I love it!” said Baggett, who recently began a full-time technical support position that she credits IT-Ready’s training with helping her to land.
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  • The TWC Connection

    The video story here explains how Per Scholas IT-Ready graduates are advancing Time Warner Cable’s business objectives. After hiring six graduates of Per Scholas IT-Ready, officials at Time Warner Cable in Columbus, Ohio, say they want the IT-Ready connection to remain strong. “I feel like the curriculum that they are training for is very much in alignment with what Time Warner Cable looks for,” said Suzanne.
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  • Breaking Through The Barrier

    For Adam Henson, establishing a career in the field of information technology once seemed impossible. “With IT, it’s hard to get a job without experience, but it’s hard to get experience without a job,” he said. “It was a real Catch-22.” Then he learned about IT-Ready. Henson, working as a meter reader for an energy company at the time, was perusing job postings on the Careerbuilder website when he saw an ad for IT-Ready.
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  • When Possibilities are Endless

    Looking at the jobs she’s held, it’s apparent that Rachel Hopkins enjoys helping people. She’s managed a dry cleaner, operated an apartment complex, and supervised staff in a call center. But somehow, each of those positions lacked a certain….something.
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  • Finding Just the Right Employee: MTCI experiences success with IT-Ready grad

    In an economic recession, IT employers are inundated with job applications from qualified candidates – right? Wrong. At least, that’s not been Guy Guckenberger’s experience as general manager of MTCI’s IT consulting division in Cincinnati. “People have the misconception that in a down economy, there are a lot of qualified people looking for jobs, but that simply hasn’t been the case for us,” he said.
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  • I Got the Job: Meet the Ones Who Place IT-Ready Students in IT Careers

    Until recently, Kathleen Brennan’s job was helping to sell GPS electronics to large retailers around the Twin Cities, MN. She’s still helping people locate a true direction, but in a slightly different way. Now Brennan is helping them find careers in technology.
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  • Helping Them Look Forward

    Melanie always knew she was good with technology, even if others assumed that being a woman was some sort of technology handicap . “I get really mad when I go shopping for electronics and guys talk down to me and act like I don't know what I'm talking about,” she says.
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  • Assessing for Success

    It was the last day of assessments, a day that would determine the final make-up of Cincinnati’s second IT-Ready class which prepares individuals for a CompTIA A+ certification and a full-time paid apprenticeship with a local company. The candidate arrived barely on time, breathing heavily and sweating. Despite the shaky start, he passed his assessment exams and his interview went well.
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  • Stepping Up to the Plate

    The eight-week IT-Ready Apprentice Program wasn’t conceived simply as a way to help adults gain a Certificate of Completion, or even to get them their first IT certification. Though IT-Ready accomplishes those things, the program would be considered a failure if it didn’t place a high percentage of its participants into work roles. 

Fortunately, to-date, more than 80 percent of the IT-Ready graduates in the two training sites (Cincinnati and Mpls. / St. Paul) have been placed in full-time apprenticeships with local companies. The remaining candidates are still in the midst of interviews.
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  • Let the Apprenticeships Begin

    “Did you pass? Great job!” Adam Turner, instructor for the IT-Ready class in Cincinnati, found himself speaking these words into his cell phone repeatedly the past few weeks as his students reported their CompTIA A+ certification exam results. Within three weeks of classes ending, more than 80 percent of participants in the two IT-Ready classes had achieved certification, making them ready for the next stage of the IT-Ready program: an interview for a paid six-month apprenticeship with a local company.
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  • Ready for Anything

    Being accepted into Cincinnati’s first IT-Ready class has Tedd Covington jazzed. Covington worked with technology when he served in the Navy performing electrical work on gas turbine systems. But that was 25 years ago. After the military, he eventually found himself in the social-work field.
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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