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September 19, 2016

MHTA Names Creating IT Futures a Tekne Awards Finalist

2016TekneAwards_Finalist-LogoThe Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) named Creating IT Futures’ IT-Ready career program as one of three finalists in the workforce development category for the 2016 Tekne Awards. The winner will be announced on November 16.

Presented by the MHTA, the 17th annual Tekne Awards annually recognize Minnesota’s best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management.

Offered free of charge by experienced IT instructors in a classroom setting, IT-Ready teaches skills that equip adult learners for beginning careers in the IT industry — such as building a computer from parts, installing software, troubleshooting problems, and setting up and managing networks. Students also learn softer professional skills such as communication, customer service and job interviewing techniques.

In the past five years, Creating IT Futures has trained nearly 300 out-of-work Minnesotans for upwardly mobile IT occupations. Seventy-three percent have passed the CompTIA A+ exam and 93 percent of the certified graduates have gotten full-time IT work. Plus, even one year after graduation, 90 percent of certified graduates are still employed in IT occupations, whereas typical workforce development programs average closer to 33 percent job retention after one year.

“Each year, MHTA seeks out companies and people leading the way in innovation in Minnesota,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of MHTA. “These advancements are changing the way people all over the world live and work, and the Tekne Awards recognize those achievements.”

Creating IT Futures was last named a finalist for the awards in 2014. A full list of the 2016 finalists is available online at