Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • January 22, 2014

    Passport to Prosperity

    As a student in Iraq in the late 1970s, Lamia Al-Azzawe was always very good in math and science. When she finished high school, she sailed through a computer science degree and began a job for the Iraqi government as a programmer and analyst, a job that lasted nearly a decade. But in the late 1990s Iraq’s economy started to free-fall. She and her husband looked around for better options, but the only country that would accept them without a visa was Libya.
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  • December 16, 2013

    Being the Standard

    Edgar Flores didn’t have an older brother or sister to show him how to throw a baseball, ask a girl out, or decide what courses to take in school. He had to figure those things out for himself.
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  • October 21, 2013

    Honoring Her Mother’s Vision

    Lakecia Gunter noticed how the magazines and books were piling up in her mother’s house. Her mother, a diabetic, had recently lost vision in one of her eyes. Lakecia turned to her company’s technology for help. She reached for the Intel Reader, which allowed her mother to see the writing on the page “and feel like a whole person” again.
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  • September 18, 2013

    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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  • August 14, 2013

    An American Dream

    Born and raised in Peru, Edgardo T. Cornejo moved to Venezuela in his 20s and worked for eight years as a computer programmer. He passionately loved his work – and was, admittedly, quite good at it. “I can fix any computer – I don’t even have to open my eyes to fix a computer,” he said. “IT (Information technology) was my first career and it always been my passion.”
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  • December 5, 2012

    Finding a Home: One Man Embarks on a Quest for the American Dream

    In a black and white photograph, there is a young boy in Thailand holding a small chalkboard scribbled with his name and a refugee number. He looks directly into the camera, as if searching for his future. Today that boy is an American citizen, but the man, Nhia Yang, now 38, still looks ahead with hope in his eyes.
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