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April 2017



Celebrating the Faces of Workforce Development


Many workforce development programs that are providing on-ramps to IT career paths go unnoticed, which is why Creating IT Futures has introduced the Faces of Workforce Development Showcase (#FacesOf). Not only do these programs enable individuals to achieve their wildest dreams, such as buying a house or a car, but they also afford them the opportunity to achieve real-life necessities like providing food for their family. 


Read about Derrick Guy, an IT-Ready grad

Creating IT Futures Opens IT Training & Career Program for Adults in Portland, OR


Adults in the Portland, OR, area can now apply to Creating IT Futures’ no-cost IT-Ready career program. IT-Ready trains, certifies and places unemployed and under-employed adults in their first jobs in the information technology (IT) field, which has a shortage of qualified workers.

Learn about IT-Ready and apply today

Creating Diversity by Disrupting STEM Stereotypes for Teenagers – Especially Girls


Just 31% of teens call technology “fun.” That’s why we applaud – and support – these groups working to shape new perceptions of women working with technology.

Learn about the groups



Hennepin County Puts IT-Ready Grads to Work Migrating Workstations


The county, home to Minneapolis, hired IT-Ready graduates to help officials manage converting 10,000 workstations.


Read about Hennepin County

Employers Report that PrepareU Soft Skills Helped their Staff Perform Better


PrepareU recently surveyed employers whose staff completed the program in 2016. All reported that they would recommend it to colleagues and other employees.


Read about the survey results

Annual IT-Ready Celebration – Join Us May 18


Mentioned at nearly every IT-Ready graduation, is how students connected with each other and became stronger together. It’s time to celebrate their success, and hear how more than 350 Minnesotans have launched their own tech careers and changed their lives through Creating IT Futures. We are excited to announce that May 18 is our next Annual IT-Ready Celebration. Join us for networking and learn what new activities we have planned for IT-Ready alumni this year.


RSVP now

NextUp Is Already Showing Promise

FUSE kid

Robotics clubs. After-school STEM fairs. Hours of coding. Over the past several years, we have all observed the multiple ways that schools, corporations and nonprofit groups are trying to interest teens in tech careers. This year CompTIA launched its own approach - NextUp.

Read about NextUp



Put Your IT Skills to Work in the Electronic Systems Industry


Beyond computers, electronics are used throughout the house and business, and they need networking to link them all together – a perfect cross-over career for IT pros.


Read more about the industry

7 Myths about Technology Careers


Today’s teens can become tomorrow’s technologists and close the industry’s tech skills gap. Over the last seven weeks, we have outlined the basic myths that influence them to NOT pursue a technology career.


Learn how to bust the myths

First IT-Ready Class of 2017 Graduates with Jobs in Hand


Our first IT-Ready class of 2017 graduated last month, and already 78 percent of the graduates have jobs.


Read about the Edina graduation

Introducing CompTIAWorld


CompTIA’s new association member magazine debuted last month to connect you to everywhere CompTIA members excel—and spark some good conversation and idea-sharing. CompTIA members are on the leading edge of technology at all angles, accomplishing great things to advance their companies and the industry overall. Check out the inaugural edition at comptia.org/comptiaworld. Want to be part of the next issue? Contact Daniel with interesting stories or Shana to feature your ad.



Minneapolis Urban League & City of Minneapolis Bring IT-Ready Downtown


This June, an 8-week IT-Ready class run by Creating IT Futures will be hosted and funded by Minneapolis Urban League’s Urban Tech Jobs Program, with additional funds from the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training and The Minneapolis Foundation. IT-Ready is offered free of charge to students to help unemployed and under-employed individuals enter the IT field, which has a shortage of qualified workers.


Learn more and apply today





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Creating IT Futures
A 501(c)(3) charity was established in 1998 by CompTIA, the global IT industry association, as a way to help people improve their lives through IT careers. 

Our Mission

We help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers. 

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