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November 1, 2018

TEKsystems Receives Polaris Award from Creating IT Futures for Leadership in Building Tech Careers

November 1, 2018, Hanover, MDCreating IT Futures awarded TEKsystems with the Polaris Award, recognizing the company’s outstanding leadership in building information technology (IT) careers for those in need of new career opportunities.


TEKsystems became an employment partner with Creating IT Futures’ IT-Ready career program in 2012 and has placed nearly 80 IT-Ready graduates into tech jobs in Charlotte, NC; Chicago; Minneapolis / St. Paul; Omaha; Philadelphia; and Portland, OR.  Plus earlier this year, TEKsystems stepped up to help expand IT-Ready to more cities, assisting Creating IT Futures with launching a permanent home for IT-Ready classes in Charlotte, NC.

Charles Eaton Giving Award to TEKsystems

At no cost to students, IT-Ready assesses, trains, certifies and places unemployed and under-employed adults in their first jobs in the IT field, which has a shortage of qualified workers. IT-Ready has become one of America’s most successful tech training programs with 88 percent of its students graduating and 86 percent of graduates garnering paid IT jobs. With a commitment to building a diverse tech workforce, IT-Ready’s student body has averaged 66 percent people of color and 44 percent female.


“It’s a great honor to receive this award from Creating IT Futures,” said Franklin Reed, director of inclusion and diversity, TEKsystems. “I see this as a reflection of all the hard work from everyone who has invested their time and energy into creating opportunities in IT careers for those who may not have seen that as an option before. I hope to continue to build this partnership and even more pathways to IT careers going forward.”


“In each IT-Ready city, we strive to bring local employers, non-profits and government representatives together to grow the tech workforce in that city. TEKsystems has become one of our most valued partners, not only in placing our graduates into good-paying IT jobs, but also in helping to prepare students for meeting with employers and to enable more students to enroll in IT-Ready,” said Charles Eaton, CEO, Creating IT Futures. “We’re proud to present our Polaris Award for leadership in building IT careers to TEKsystems.”


Potential IT-Ready employers, students and community partners can learn more at


About Creating IT Futures
Founded in 1998 by CompTIA, Creating IT Futures is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of helping populations under-represented in the information technology industry and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure, and be successful in IT careers. Learn more at


About TEKsystems

We’re partners in transformation. We help clients activate ideas and solutions to take advantage of a new world of opportunity. We are a team of 80,000 strong, working with over 6,000 clients, including 80% of the Fortune 500, across North America, Europe and Asia. As an industry leader in Full-Stack Technology Services, Talent Services and real-world application, we work with progressive leaders to drive change. That’s the power of true partnership. TEKsystems is an Allegis Group company.


Media Contacts: 

Lisa Fasold
Creating IT Futures


Nathan Bowen