Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • June 14, 2013

    From the Depths of Despair

    Last year, Joel Mielke of Crystal, Minnesota, a 42-year-old divorced father of four, found himself at the point of despair. “I was at a point in my life when I felt I had nothing to offer society, nothing I could contribute of value. It was so demoralizing. I almost cannot explain the depths that I was at.”
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  • June 11, 2013

    Joining Forces

    It’s not often that a personal interest in technology gets you an invitation to the White House. Then again, Michael Dauffenbach isn’t just another technology hobbyist. Dauffenbach, a graduate of the IT-Ready Apprentice Program, joined CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux at a White House gathering with First Lady Michelle Obama.
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  • May 15, 2013

    Breaking Through The Barrier

    For Adam Henson, establishing a career in the field of information technology once seemed impossible. “With IT, it’s hard to get a job without experience, but it’s hard to get experience without a job,” he said. “It was a real Catch-22.” Then he learned about IT-Ready. Henson, working as a meter reader for an energy company at the time, was perusing job postings on the Careerbuilder website when he saw an ad for IT-Ready.
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  • April 18, 2013

    When Possibilities are Endless

    Looking at the jobs she’s held, it’s apparent that Rachel Hopkins enjoys helping people. She’s managed a dry cleaner, operated an apartment complex, and supervised staff in a call center. But somehow, each of those positions lacked a certain….something.
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  • April 16, 2013

    My Journey to Being A+ Certified

    It’s one of the ironies of being an association executive that many of us have never worked in the very industries we support. My first association job was at a professional society for business intelligence; later, I worked at associations representing consumer electronics, healthcare, and, now, IT — all industries or professions for which I had no direct training.
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  • March 20, 2013

    IT-Ready Graduate: Solving Customers' Problems in Online Security

    Andrea Ring describes her role at SecureConnect as interesting and rewarding – and said she easily sees herself working there five years and beyond. After finishing a delicious meal in a restaurant, you and your date want to pay the bill and leave. But the server who took your credit card disappeared. You wait. And wait. And wait. He finally returns, harried and apologetic. The restaurant’s credit card system isn’t working – and now you can’t pay your bill.
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