Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • December 5, 2012

    Finding a Home: One Man Embarks on a Quest for the American Dream

    In a black and white photograph, there is a young boy in Thailand holding a small chalkboard scribbled with his name and a refugee number. He looks directly into the camera, as if searching for his future. Today that boy is an American citizen, but the man, Nhia Yang, now 38, still looks ahead with hope in his eyes.
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  • October 26, 2012

    Helping Them Look Forward

    Melanie always knew she was good with technology, even if others assumed that being a woman was some sort of technology handicap. “I get really mad when I go shopping for electronics and guys talk down to me and act like I don't know what I'm talking about,” she says.
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  • September 19, 2012

    Assessing for Success

    It was the last day of assessments, a day that would determine the final make-up of Cincinnati’s second IT-Ready class which prepares individuals for a CompTIA A+ certification and a full-time paid apprenticeship with a local company. The candidate arrived barely on time, breathing heavily and sweating. Despite the shaky start, he passed his assessment exams and his interview went well.
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  • August 21, 2012

    Stepping Up to the Plate

    The eight-week IT-Ready Apprentice Program wasn’t conceived simply as a way to help adults gain a Certificate of Completion, or even to get them their first IT certification. Though IT-Ready accomplishes those things, the program would be considered a failure if it didn’t place a high percentage of its participants into work roles. Fortunately, to-date, more than 80 percent of the IT-Ready graduates in the two training sites (Cincinnati and Mpls. / St. Paul) have been placed in full-time apprenticeships with local companies. The remaining candidates are still in the midst of interviews.
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  • August 21, 2012

    Mentors Make Their Mark

    Theodore Hysell, 25, of Minneapolis had just completed his training with the Creating IT Futures Foundation’s IT-Ready program when he faced his next crucial challenge: an interview with his first potential employer. For advice, he turned to a person he’d never even met in person: his IT-Ready Mentor, Rick Shafer, a senior IT technician with Avaya Communication in Asheville, N.C.
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  • August 20, 2012

    A Moving Moment

    Attendees of Breakaway 2012 in Las Vegas ran into the usual suspects in Sin City, as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin (or the late Rat Pack’s best impersonators, at least) provided the final night’s entertainment. But also making his way to the stage at Breakaway was one total newcomer to the Vegas scene.
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