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  • From warehouse inventories and forklifts to a career in tech, thanks to workforce development

    #FacesOf_Week9_Jeff After spending 16 years working in warehouses, managing inventories and moving products on pallets with forklifts, Jeff Davis knew he needed a change. That change came in the form of a lay-off notice – the third one he had received in six years.
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  • Putting a stop to dreading the end of the weekend

    #FacesOf_Week7_Peter With a career in IT, our IT-Ready graduates have a job they enjoy going to and no longer dread the end of the weekend.
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  • The role of continuing education in workforce development programs

    A career in tech is leading to surreal days for many individuals. After completing their respective workforce development programs, more students are pursuing additional certifications, allowing them to gain more knowledge and work on projects that a year prior they would not have understood.
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  • U.S. Bank seeks strong technical aptitude, exemplary customer-service skills and work ethic in entry-level IT professionals

    us_bank Company’s internal help desk finds recent IT-Ready hires grounded in hard technical and soft professional skills needed to succeed.
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  • IT-Ready Minneapolis / St. Paul Employer Breakfast Recap

    Dependable. Hard-working. Dedicated. These were a few of the adjectives that Twin Cities employers used to describe the IT-Ready graduates they have hired since the program debuted in 2012.
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  • OurFamilyWizard recruits the human touch from IT-Ready

    IT-Ready helps software developer find IT tech support candidates with soft professional skills.
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  • IT-Ready grad Jamie Watson finds ‘white collar’ fits just fine

    Since graduating from high school, Jamie P. Watson, 43, worked one physically strenuous blue-collar job after the next – spending two to three years at each place of employment until circumstances or layoffs forced him to move on. “I have three kids – I can’t not work,” he says. “I have to have a job.”
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  • Be an Apprentice

    After performing auto body repairs for more than 20 years, Jim Osterhues suddenly found himself laid off and out of work. So Osterhues put that first-hand experience to work by studying for and obtaining a license to work as an insurance adjuster in Minnesota. Yet despite the fact that he knew auto body repair – probably better than the average insurance adjuster – Osterhues could not find a job anywhere.
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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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  • Graduate Profile: Turning Curiosity into a Career

    As a child Gabriel Kivi was fascinated by technology. “Mentally?, I just like knowing what makes things work, often asking not only what this button does, but how?” he said. “You know, one of those kids whose parents have to ask, ‘Why did you take the VCR apart?!’” Despite his natural affinity to all things technological, Kivi found himself in 2005 in a decidedly non-technological role working as a bankruptcy specialist for a car financing company.
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  • IT-Ready Alumni Update

    After completing classes, becoming CompTIA A+ certified, interviewing with employers, and finally entering the workforce as professional IT workers, the Cincinnati and Minneapolis / St. Paul IT-Ready alumni welcomed the chance to let their hair down a bit at the first alumni networking events held in their cities.
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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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  • A Marathon Goal

    I had the pleasure of spending time with an inspiring IT-Ready graduate and her family recently. Linda is a graduate of the IT-Ready Columbus program operated by Per Scholas. You can watch her video story here. Linda is a marathoner, but it took her a while to realize she had a talent for long races. She attended Ohio State on a golfing scholarship and only started running after becoming a mother.
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  • Joining Forces

    It’s not often that a personal interest in technology gets you an invitation to the White House. Then again, Michael Dauffenbach isn’t just another technology hobbyist. Recently, Dauffenbach, a graduate of CompTIA’s IT-Ready Apprentice Program, joined CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux at a White House gathering with First Lady Michelle Obama.
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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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  • Reuse, Recycle: IT-Ready Mentor Gene Plaskon

    When “disposable” starts applying to people, society is taking the idea of convenience a little too far. So says Gene Plaskon, a mentor to students in the IT-Ready program. “I’ve noticed that in our society, when people get older, they become more disposable,” he said. “And that’s hard for people, especially those who have been working all of their lives and suddenly find themselves unemployed. I wouldn’t trade my life experience for all the college education in the world.”
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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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  • IT-Ready Graduate: Solving Customers' Problems in Online Security

    Andrea Ring describes her role at SecureConnect as interesting and rewarding – and said she easily sees herself working there five years and beyond. After finishing a delicious meal in a restaurant, you and your date want to pay the bill and leave. But the server who took your credit card disappeared. You wait. And wait. And wait. He finally returns, harried and apologetic. The restaurant’s credit card system isn’t working – and now you can’t pay your bill.
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  • Take a Look at Me Now: IT-Ready Graduates Find Stability in Long Term IT Positions

    Jarvis is pleased with the work he's put into his future. Asked about his prospects, IT-Ready graduate Jarvis Madlung summarizes his thoughts quite nicely. “Things are looking really good,” he said. They are, indeed.
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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
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