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  • IT-Ready Summer Graduates Open the Door for Classes To Follow

    N70A5391 Whether it was to expand interest, to gain validation, or to start fresh, the IT-Ready Minneapolis / St. Paul Summer 2017 class has been set on a path of lifelong learning.
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  • Keep Your Mind Open

    MUL class August 2017 As IT-Ready graduated its latest class in Minneapolis this month, Bill Roddy from Osiris Organization advised the students to keep their minds open and be ready to learn in their first jobs.
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  • Recapping the Faces of Workforce Development

    #FacesOf_Recap Each week, the Faces of Workforce Development Showcase had a theme meant to highlight real-life testimonials of individuals who have developed into successful IT professionals thanks to workforce development programs.
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  • Providing women an on-ramp to a tech career

    WomensOnlyGroupPhoto One year after completing women-centric IT-Ready class, graduates are pursuing rewarding IT careers.
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  • Not just going to work, but going to make a difference

    #FacesOf_Week12_Brant Imagine this for a second: a pilot IT program comes to your city. The program offers training toward the CompTIA A+ certification. Also, the program will provide the vouchers for the exams. Then they say they’ll help you find a job. Oh, and by the way, it’s all free.
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  • First IT-Ready Class in Portland Graduates

    June 2017 099 Our first IT-Ready class in Portland graduated this week with support from the Urban League of Portland and Worksource Portland-Metro. The class went so well that we’re already planning for a fall class.
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  • A home base: how workforce development assisted in obtaining United States citizenship

    #FacesOf_Week11_Catalina Every three years, Catalina Bauer had to worry about saving up enough money to renew her United States residency. Within one year of graduating IT-Ready, she secured full-time employment, and the money she was once worried about saving went to obtaining her United States citizenship.
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  • IT-Ready celebrates a long-lasting footprint

    IMG_0229 Mentioned at nearly every IT-Ready graduation is how students connected with each other and became stronger together. Late last month, more than 150 IT-Ready alumni, current students, employers and partners came out to celebrate the success of the career program in Minneapolis / St. Paul.
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  • First IT-Ready Class of 2017 Graduates with Jobs in Hand

    GroupPhoto Our first IT-Ready class of 2017 graduated last month, and already 78 percent of the graduates have jobs.
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  • Celebrating the Faces of Workforce Development

    #FacesOf_PreviewBlog_web The #FacesOf Showcase educates people on how workforce development programs are changing lives. Not only do these programs enable individuals to achieve their wildest dreams, such as buying a house or a car, but it also affords them the opportunity to achieve real-life necessities like providing food for their family.
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  • Creating Problem-Solvers

    Edina IT-Ready graduation IT-Ready graduated its largest class in Minnesota with 22 new IT problem-solvers ready to gain jobs in the industry.
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  • IT-Ready Class Increases Students’ Passion for Education and Tech

    Elgin-grad As Creating IT Futures graduated an IT-Ready class in Elgin, Illinois, earlier this month, 11 students spoke frankly about their past experiences with learning and IT – and how IT-Ready has put them on the right track.
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  • Men and Women Together for One Common Goal

    spring class The common theme from the Spring 2016 IT-Ready class was change. While it was difficult for most of the students to reach a decision that their lives needed a change, they stuck together and found success within each other.
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  • No Man or Woman Left Behind

    Graduating Class Our 13th IT-Ready class in Minneapolis graduated this month, and each of the 20 students supported each other like a team so that everyone graduated.
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  • Shannon Branch: "Thanks to Per Scholas, and those of you who support them, I have a future!"

    One of the best things Per Scholas did was invite four women who work in the field to come and talk to my class. Three of them were African-American and one was Hispanic, and they told us their trials and tribulations; what they go through in an environment where only 3% of the professionals are minority women.
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  • Fourteen IT-Ready Graduates Are Ready To Join the IT Workforce

    At this month’s IT-Ready graduation in Minneapolis, James Afdahl, former chief financial officer for GED Testing Service, remarked, “I can see the camaraderie and team building [of these new graduates]. They have the certificate and training, and now they have the confidence to land the job. Employers want more people from IT-Ready.”
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  • IT-Ready Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha graduate 28

    The program is proving successful: The vast majority of students have graduated, earned their CompTIA A+ certifications and are well on their way to an IT career.
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  • I Passed!

    Roy Sizemore was an IT-Ready program participant the Spring of 2013 in Columbus, OH. He just completed the last online training offered through the Alumni Program. Roy is Server+, Security+, Network+ and A+ Certified. Roy’s enthusiasm and dedication was obvious; with each earned certification, he was eager to begin the next. Roy was Creating an IT Future, and his testimonial confirms it.
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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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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