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May 18, 2016

IT-Ready Alumni Come Back to Celebrate their Success

ITReadyCelebrationOver the past year since opening a permanent office in Edina, Minn., Creating IT Futures has added more than 100 new IT workers to the Twin Cities workforce, and is now one of three leading programs within Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodge’s TechHire Initiative.

Earlier this month, more than 110 IT-Ready alumni, current students, employers and partners from more than 40 organizations came out to celebrate the success of the career program in the Twin Cities. Students from IT-Ready’s current classes in Edina and Minneapolis got a chance to talk to alumni and hear how they got through the curriculum and passed their CompTIA A+ certification exams.

“The best part was watching both classes’ members just jump in and mingle with the alums at the evening reception—asking them questions about their jobs, their careers, their lives,” said Gretchen Koch, executive director, workforce strategies, Creating IT Futures. “It was brilliant to bring these groups together for networking and sharing.”

“The energy and enthusiasm of the students, alumni, partners and Creating IT Futures staff was inspiring. I’m looking forward to working with the Foundation more to drive greater impact and participation in the Minneapolis area,” added Rick Eckstein, senior manager, vendor relations, CompTIA.

During the celebration, Sue Wallace, executive director, Minnesota, Creating IT Futures, and IT-Ready Alumni Elizabeth Hang, technical customer service administrator, GED Testing Service, selected winning names for door prizes. Atomic Data donated seats to the Minnesota United v. Puerto Rico soccer game in August as a door prize. Some lucky attendees also won gift certificates to local restaurants. GED Testing Service sponsored of the celebration.

But the best part of the celebration was the networking amongst partners, employers, alumni and students. They inspired each other, sharing smiles all around.

“I heard so many stories of hope and potential from the new students and so many stories of life-changing success from our alums: ‘I’m making three times what I’ve ever made before.’ ‘I bought a car, got married and went on two vacations.’ ‘I’m doing something I really love.’ Those were just a few quotes from the alums I talked to,” said Charles Eaton, CEO, Creating IT Futures. “We’ve built something very special up there, and it continues to grow and evolve with a terrific team on the ground.”