Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • 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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  • 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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