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IT Futures Labs

IT Futures Labs

Creating IT Futures established IT Futures Labs in 2015 to discover new approaches to IT career on-ramps. Rather than taking a purely academic approach, IT Futures Labs learns by doing — through collaborating, asking good questions and measuring outcomes.

IT Futures Lab discovers and develops:
  • Marketing Research to increase understanding of different populations who may make IT a career. Our Teen Views on Tech Careers is one example.
  • Process Improvement Projects to advance the effectiveness of IT workforce development programs. For example, we’re currently testing the effectiveness of mentorship program software with adult learners.
  • New IT Workforce Programs that IT Futures Labs may develop either on its own or in conjunction with other organizations. We have several youth-centered programs currently under development.
  • Best Practices in IT Workforce Development that we can promote to target audiences, whether schools, for-profit corporations, or other nonprofits.
With additional funding, IT Futures Labs will be able to launch projects that bring more youth, women, minorities and under-employed adults into the IT field. Here are just a few of the projects we’re currently investigating:
  • Developing after-school IT programs for youth.
  • Connecting community college graduates to employers.
  • Testing Creating IT Futures’ IT-Ready model with new target populations.
  • Helping women in dead-end careers switch to a tech line of work.
  • Creating a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to orient students to tech careers.
  • Developing and promoting a career assessment tool for tech careers.
  • Sharing best practices in classroom IT training.
  • Providing tools for HR departments to hire the best IT help.
  • Establishing better tech career pathways for military veterans.
CompTIA Information Technology

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

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