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August 2017



Former Electrician Charges Into Tech Career


Everyone says there is steady work to be found in the skilled trades, but years of being an electrician pointed Angelina Courtney toward her newfound IT career, now working for Atomic Data.

Meet Angelina

SXSW Panel Picker: Help Us Get Back to Austin

Portland Graduation

The CompTIA staff have pulled together six great panel submissions for the 2018 SXSW Conference in Austin Texas. We need your help to ensure our panels are selected for next year's show. Please take a few minutes and review the panel submissions and vote for any or all of them to help us get back to Austin in March 2018!




CompTIA’s Partner Advisory Council Donates $10K to Project Tomorrow


Part of an annual effort by CompTIA to give back to local communities through philanthropy, the contribution will help prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens.



Keep Your Mind Open


As IT-Ready graduated its latest class in Minneapolis this month, Bill Roddy from Osiris Organization advised the students to keep their minds open and be ready to learn in their first jobs.


Read Bill's Comments

On-Site Insights: Creating Community, Changing perceptions


Back in March 2017, Sandra Ashworth participated in a panel discussion at STEMapalooza, an annual event organized by the Girl Scouts in Chicago to showcase the exciting possibilities available through STEM education. Each panelist described her unique pathway getting started in a technology career. We continue the conversation here.


Meet Sandra

Policy-Makers on Capitol Hill Discuss How to Get Girls Involved in STEAM


During the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute’s STEAM Fair, Members of Congress saw examples and engaged with thought-leaders on how to get more girls and women into STEAM roles.

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IT-Ready Returns to Portland, OR, this Fall

Women's Only Class

After a successful pilot class last spring, Creating IT Futures will bring its free IT-Ready career program back to Portland, OR, this fall, allowing adults to get trained for their first jobs in tech. The Urban League of Portland and WorkSource Portland Metro will host the eight-week IT-Ready class at CENTRL Office on NW Everett in Portland starting October 23. Applications will be accepted through September.


Apply Now

On-Site Insights: Creating Opportunities Through Giving Back


Speaking at a Girl Scout panel this spring, Toriana Williams described how she got started in a tech career. When she first began looking at career options, she quickly discovered what it’s like to be one of the only women of color in the room. While she admits she felt uncomfortable at first, she rapidly found a way to turn it around.


Meet Toriana

Opinion: Using Mentorship to Help Avert an Analytics Talent Crisis


Creating IT Futures executives create inspiration by sharing expertise and insight with industry magazines as regular columnists. Featured in Information Management Magazine, this opinion piece by Eric Larson, senior director of IT Futures Labs, advises how mentorships can help grow the workforce in the data analytics field.


Read Eric's Article

How Apprenticeships Can Close the Cybersecurity Skills Gap


Cultivating a new wave of talent from the ranks of tweens and teens is critical to the long-term health of the tech industry and the U.S. economy. Organizations confronted by a cyber-siege today can’t afford to wait for tomorrow’s talent. We believe the solution to the cybersecurity skills gap today is a time-tested technique for rapid skills development: apprenticeship.

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