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May 21, 2015

New IT-Ready Office in Edina Officially Open

CharlesRibbonCutting Debra Bahr-Helgen, director, City of Minneapolis Employment and Training
and Charles Eaton, CEO, Creating IT Futures Foundation
This week, the Creating IT Futures Foundation welcomed back IT-Ready alumni and employers while hosting an Open House for our new office in Edina, Minn.

“The Twin Cities gave birth to IT-Ready and we’re thrilled to have our own training space now,” said Charles Eaton, CEO, Creating IT Futures. “We have 20 students in our first class in this new facility. They’re about three weeks into their training and already looking sharp.”

Eaton went on to thank everyone who helped to build the new facility and the IT-Ready program, from our community partners, like Jewish Family & Children’s Services, who recruited participants and got them connected to employers, to Wells Fargo for funding new computers and equipment, to all our employer partners, and to James Afdahl and Randy Trask with GED Testing Services who invested their time to participate on our Board of Directors and grow IT-Ready. Special thanks also went out to TEKsystems who not only sponsored the Open House but also helps to prepare our students in transitioning from training to employment.

Debra Bahr-Helgen, director, City of Minneapolis Employment and Training, spoke on behalf of Mayor Betsy Hodges, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "Mayor Hodges sends her congratulations to IT-Ready on this important day. The Mayor is very committed to increasing the participation of women and minorities in the tech industry. She knows how important it is to develop programs that will make the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area a hub for innovation and technology."

Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of 20 regions named by the White House for its TechHire Initiative. In their announcement, the White House highlighted the commitment from 300 employers to hiring new workforce entrants, and 60 of those employers are based in the Twin Cities area.

“One of the key partners in our TechHire effort is IT-Ready, and we are very excited for the joint work we’ll be doing to make the Minneapolis-St. Paul area a hub for technology and open up opportunities for everyone to thrive in the tech field,” added Bahr-Helgen speaking for Mayor Hodges.

More than 80 students, IT-Ready alumni, employers and partners came to the Open House.

“The facility is great. Students, alums, employers and other guests were very excited about the space, and more importantly, about the IT-Ready program,” said Afdahl. “I'm proud to be associated with such a great program and staff.”

Current students loved hearing from alumni on where they are now in their jobs and tips on how to maximize their results in the program. Alumni often commented on how IT-Ready changed their lives and how they’re excited to see the program grow.

“Everyone in this room is part of the solution to create more on-ramps for IT careers and provide sustainable, living wages to families,” added Eaton. “It’s gratifying to see how far we’ve come in three years!”