Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • June 17, 2013

    Leadership as a Learned Trait

    Aptitude and attitude are not enough to move up in today’s business environment. Meaningful success also requires character and teamwork. “It’s not enough to be a smart technical person,” said Paul Cronin, a member of the boards of directors for CompTIA and the Creating IT Futures Foundation. “If people are going to stand up in their own ways and feel the strength inside them, that takes something else."
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  • February 19, 2013

    Take a Look at Me Now: IT-Ready Graduates Find Stability in Long Term IT Positions

    Jarvis is pleased with the work he's put into his future. Asked about his prospects, IT-Ready graduate Jarvis Madlung summarizes his thoughts quite nicely. “Things are looking really good,” he said. They are, indeed.
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  • October 26, 2012

    Helping Them Look Forward

    Melanie always knew she was good with technology, even if others assumed that being a woman was some sort of technology handicap. “I get really mad when I go shopping for electronics and guys talk down to me and act like I don't know what I'm talking about,” she says.
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  • August 21, 2012

    Stepping Up to the Plate

    The eight-week IT-Ready Apprentice Program wasn’t conceived simply as a way to help adults gain a Certificate of Completion, or even to get them their first IT certification. Though IT-Ready accomplishes those things, the program would be considered a failure if it didn’t place a high percentage of its participants into work roles.
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  • August 21, 2012

    Mentors Make Their Mark

    Theodore Hysell, 25, of Minneapolis had just completed his training with the Creating IT Futures Foundation’s IT-Ready program when he faced his next crucial challenge: an interview with his first potential employer. For advice, he turned to a person he’d never even met in person: his IT-Ready Mentor, Rick Shafer, a senior IT technician with Avaya Communication in Asheville, N.C.
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  • May 21, 2012

    Behind the Scenes of IT-Ready

    On May 5, 2012, I celebrated my youngest son’s third birthday. Like most little kids’ birthdays, Shane’s party was filled with laughter, messiness and running — lots of running. Two days later I celebrated another birth that will rank up there as one of the most significant milestones of my life: On May 7, Creating IT Futures' IT-Ready Apprentice Program was born.
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