Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • September 18, 2013

    Getting the Word Out

    When IT-Ready Apprentice Program graduate Ngina Baggett, 26, posed for a close-up this summer, she was a little bit apprehensive. “You’re going to put my photo where?” Just a few weeks later, her photo was on three billboards in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. “I love it!” said Baggett, who recently began a full-time technical support position that she credits IT-Ready’s training with helping her to land.
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  • September 18, 2013

    Graduate Profile: Turning Curiosity into a Career

    As a child Gabriel Kivi was fascinated by technology. “Mentally?, I just like knowing what makes things work, often asking not only what this button does, but how?” he said. “You know, one of those kids whose parents have to ask, ‘Why did you take the VCR apart?!’” Despite his natural affinity to all things technological, Kivi found himself in 2005 in a decidedly non-technological role working as a bankruptcy specialist for a car financing company.
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  • September 17, 2013

    IT-Ready Alumni Update

    After completing classes, becoming CompTIA A+ certified, interviewing with employers, and finally entering the workforce as professional IT workers, the Minneapolis / St. Paul IT-Ready alumni welcomed the chance to let their hair down a bit at the first alumni networking events held in their cities.
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  • August 14, 2013

    An American Dream

    Born and raised in Peru, Edgardo T. Cornejo moved to Venezuela in his 20s and worked for eight years as a computer programmer. He passionately loved his work – and was, admittedly, quite good at it. “I can fix any computer – I don’t even have to open my eyes to fix a computer,” he said. “IT (Information technology) was my first career and it always been my passion.”
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  • July 9, 2013

    A Marathon Goal

    I had the pleasure of spending time with an inspiring IT-Ready graduate and her family recently. Linda is a graduate of the IT-Ready Columbus program operated by Per Scholas. You can watch her video story here. Linda is a marathoner, but it took her a while to realize she had a talent for long races. She attended Ohio State on a golfing scholarship and only started running after becoming a mother.
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  • June 17, 2013

    Tip of a Lifetime

    After 15 years of steadily working his way up the restaurant industry food chain – from busboy to cashier to manager – Daniel Duran suddenly found himself one day working under new owners – and headed in an entirely different direction. “I talked with the new owners, but they already had people in mind, people they were bringing with them,” he said. “So instead of progressing, I was going backward."
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