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  • CompTIA Mentors Help Kids Dabble in Design and Technology

    FUSE Glen Ellyn 3 Kids learn what they’re interested in and how that translates to job skills by taking on technology and design challenges in FUSE Studios.
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  • Dare to try something different

    research-and-development Nonprofit work isn’t as straight-forward as it seems. In order to create real solutions that help people, we need to value R&D.
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  • New Ground

    A new collaboration with a Minneapolis nonprofit is testing a widened scope of information technology (IT) job training. Since Creating IT Futures introduced its IT-Ready Apprentice Program in early 2012, two groups that haven’t qualified for the program have stood out:
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  • CompTIA Members Share the Wealth

    CompTIA Member Communities are wrapping up their annual giving campaign in conjunction with the Creating IT Futures Foundation, to the tune of $130,000. At least two-thirds of the dollars have been steered toward charities that prepare youth or adults for careers in the IT field.
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  • Partners Recognized

    Without our dedicated partners and supporters, the Creating IT Futures Foundation would not be able to offer the quality and variety of training programs that make a difference in the lives of so many individuals. Our growth and success over the past year has been phenomenal, and we offer thanks to these generous businesses and organizations for their participation and support.
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  • CITFF contributes $25,000 to Year Up Chicago

    The Creating IT Futures Foundation has contributed $25,000 to Year Up Chicago to help support volunteer engagement in the community. Year Up is using the contribution to support a local non-profit who could benefit from the work of a Year Up intern with strong technology and communication skills but not be able to afford one, said Alan Anderson, executive director at Year Up Chicago.
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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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  • CompTIA Communities Go on a Giving Spree

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  • Taking IT in Stride

    As the Creating IT Futures Foundation has studied the terrain of workforce development in the IT space, one organization we’ve looked toward for inspiration and experience time and again is the Stride Center. With four locations in the Bay Area of California, this nonprofit organization has taken on the task of transforming the lives of people in poverty in part by up-leveling their clients’ computer skills. We can relate to that mission, and we recognize the challenges they have overcome. ...
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  • U-TOUCH for Uganda

    "Rebel Attack," an image from "The Secrets of War," a compilation of drawings of Ugandan school children. U-TOUCH is working to help young Ugandans move forward after the war. The children’s colored drawings are remarkably detailed. What is even more startling are the events they depict.
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  • Grassroots STEM

    Teams battled regionally and nationally for the annual U.S. FIRST Robotics Championship. They won’t replace NBA players anytime soon, but basketball-shooting robots are impressive in their own way — especially considering the youthful age of their designers.
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  • Behind the Scenes of IT-Ready

    On May 5, 2012, I celebrated my youngest son’s third birthday. Like most little kids’ birthdays, Shane’s party was filled with laughter, messiness and running — lots of running. Two days later I celebrated another birth that will rank up there as one of the most significant milestones of my life: On May 7, Creating IT Futures' IT-Ready Apprentice Program was born.
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  • CompTIA Member Communities Give Back

    For the second year running, CompTIA has decided to leverage its IT communities to promote technology-related philanthropic organizations around the world. With grants around $5,000, the news is definitely worth sharing.
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  • Sharing War Stories

    You may have read about the Creating IT Futures Foundation’s donation of $400,000 in CompTIA certification testing vouchers to the Wounded Warrior Project’s Transition Training Academy (TTA). But the story behind it is equally inspiring, and shows how organizations can work together to make something amazing ...
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  • The (Higher) Cost of Doing Nothing

    In America, we often like to quote that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Unfortunately, the effectiveness of prevention is hard for a government agency or a nonprofit organization to measure and prove. (It’s near impossible to count bad things that fail to happen due to a smart intervention.)
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  • Creating Success Stories Among Urban Youth: Year Up

    Once a high school drop-out and teen mom, Brenda Arroyo now does desktop support for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. If you want to see the new face of success, meet Brenda Arroyo. As a Chicago teenager, Arroyo became pregnant and dropped out of school. She earned her GED, but even then she didn’t have a high statistical chance of earning a livable wage anytime soon.
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  • Crowd Power

    Some studies suggest that IT professionals spend less time on social media than the average American does. But for those who do like to connect on social media, we wanted to offer additional opportunities for meaningful interaction, starting with Facebook.
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  • A Veteran's Path From Homelessness to Hope

    Today we also recognize Pearl Harbor Day. Read President Obama's speech commemorating the 70th anniversary of this momentous event. Tim Burford Timothy Burford served in the U.S. Army for several years as a Humvee mechanic and eventually found himself deployed to the Iraq War. After suffering a life-threatening episode of heat exhaustion, he received an honorable medical discharge. The father of two young children, Tim was unable to find a job related to his military work experience. He ...
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  • After a Disaster, Reconnecting Communities

    IT volunteers responded to after the infamous 2011 tornadoes. Joe Hillis is the kind of guy you want on your side during a natural disaster. During his 25 years in the field, Hillis has worn the hats of fireman, paramedic, policeman, and IT manager. The end result is what he calls “a 360-degree vision of the IT world and the disaster world.” Getting businesses and other organizations up and running again after a hurricane, flood, or tornado i ...
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  • Quick! Vote for the school that's producing tomorrow's IT leaders and innovators

    This will only take a moment: Vote online right now to bring significant attention to an innovative program that readies inner-city high schoolers for tech careers. Chicago Tech Academy is one of 75 finalists (out of 400 nominees!) for the Chicago Innovation Awards. Today it needs your help to get to the top 10. CompTIA and the Creating IT Futures Foundation has been supporting the school for several years. Placing in the Top 10 would give the school even more valuable publicity so it can ...
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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