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Are You Ready for a Career in IT?

IT-Ready is a full-time classroom program offered to qualified individuals. We teach bright, motivated individuals the technical and professional development skills needed to be successful in the information technology industry. And once training is complete, we’ll help place you with an IT company for your first job.

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More Earning Potential

The average salary of an IT job in Illinois is 75% higher than the average state wage.

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Career Mobility

More than 30,000 tech jobs are open in Chicago.

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Future Growth

By 2026, the number of IT jobs in Chicago will grow by 11%.

Qualification Checklist

With limited classroom space – and overwhelming demand – IT-Ready must be deliberate in its selection process, choosing motivated and interested candidates who are committed to success. The application process starts with these questions: 

  • Are you at least 18 years old?
  • Are you a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant?
  • Can you demonstrate financial need?
  • Are you a high school graduate or do you have a GED?
  • Do you have access to a computer with internet connection?
  • Can you commit to eight weeks of unpaid training?
  • Will you be open to full-time work following your training?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, we encourage you to apply.

Apply to IT-Ready

Upcoming Classes


Technical SupportFebruary 11, 2019January 11, 2019 - Class graduated on April 5.
Technical SupportApril 22, 2019March 22, 2019 - Class graduated on June 14.
Technical SupportJuly 8, 2019June 21, 2019 - Class will graduate on August 30.
Technical SupportSeptember 30, 2019August 30, 2019 - Apply Now.

Our 2019 classes are held at NEIU's El Centro Campus in the Avondale area of Chicago: 3390 N. Avondale Ave., Chicago, IL 60618.

Program Overview

Students who enroll in our IT-Ready Technical Support program learn technical skills to help them successfully pass both parts of the CompTIA A+ certification exam.  


All IT-Ready students also receive targeted professional development to refine critical business skills, such as communication and presentation, conflict management, teamwork and collaboration, and critical thinking and problem solving. Graduates are prepared to apply both technical and professional skills starting Day One of their next job. 


Classes run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday-Friday for 8 weeks. Students are required to be on time every day; the program allows only one absence and three tardies. Employers expect their staff to be on time, and we expect the same of our students in order to prepare you for your tech career.


Upon certification, graduates get career services, helping them connect to potential employers. In the Chicagoland area, we work with more than a dozen employers. Although we cannot guarantee job placement -- no reputable school can -- we give our graduates the tools they need to land a job and be successful in it.

  • Q1

    How long does the class session last and how many people are in class?
    IT-Ready TS classes take place over eight weeks in a classroom environment with one instructor and up to 25 students. The instructor shares material in a lecture format, but leaves plenty of time for questions, group projects and one-on-one attention, as well as hands-on labs. 
  • Q2

    How much does a class cost?

    IT-Ready is underwritten by grants and financial donations, so that students can attend classes for free.

  • Q3

    How long does each class run and is it every day?

    Classes are held five days a week, Monday through Friday, beginning promptly at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Students are required to be on time every day; the program allows only one absence and two tardies. Most classes run for 8 weeks.

  • Q4

    What materials do I need to take a class?

    A pencil and paper to take notes are all you need for class. Textbooks and in-class computers are provided for students. However, students must dress as they would in an employment setting in “business casual” attire. 

  • Q5

    What type of job can I expect to get after completing IT-Ready and where?

    Within four months of graduating, 85% students are working in a paid IT role in local area companies. Technical support graduates move into help desk tech roles, building and maintaining a business’s IT environment and assisting its internal and external customers. IT-Ready students who pass their certification exams are eligible for a tech job paying up to $15/hour. IT-Ready graduates are effectively employees of that company on a temporary, contract, or full-time permanent basis. IT-Ready staff remain in touch with graduates to ensure all goes smoothly. 

Our Partners

Creating IT Futures believes strongly in collaboration to achieve shared goals.

IT-Ready is a program of Creating IT Futures. For more information about Creating IT Futures and our full range of programs, please visit