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January 22, 2019

IT-Ready Graduates in Charlotte Are Ready for Work

By Olumide Idowu

Creating IT Futures graduated another IT-Ready class from its Charlotte, NC office last month, launching the tech careers of 19 students.

 

Already, 14 out of the 19 students have passed their CompTIA A+ exam with the remaining students set to re-test over the coming month. And even better, five of the graduates already have received jobs with ACN, AXA Financial, Spectrum and TEKsystems, with the rest continuing to interview with local businesses.

 

Before the graduation, Chuck Huntley, director, digital products and services, Novant Health, trained the students on ServiceNow, a cloud platform that streamlines how work gets done in IT, particularly on help desks. Immediately after the training, the room was packed with friends, family and other supporters from the community, ready to celebrate the graduates and their accomplishments.

 

Charlotte Graduation January 2019 man working in class

Chuck Huntley with Novant Health instructs IT-Ready student Kwabena Ekuban on ServiceNow.

 

Kathy Brennan, director, national workforce solutions, Creating IT Futures, said to the students, “We started as strangers and ended up as a family during these eight weeks.” Many of the graduating students shared words of appreciation for the program and to the entire Creating IT Futures team when accepting their graduation certificates.

 

“I was a drop out student in high school, but with dedication and hard work, I had the courage to learn and do more. I finished up at an alternative academy and then took some community college courses, but IT-Ready helped me to focus on what I want to do for my future,” said graduate Juwan Satchell. “I’m happy that I passed my CompTIA A+ and already have gotten a job. Thank you to the Creating IT Futures team and our instructor, Brandon Steel, for giving us the right tools to make our future better.”

 

Said graduate Adam Payne, “My mom’s best friend told me about IT-Ready program, and I was so surprised to see that it was given for free and the number of resources it offers. Now I have the right tools to develop my career. “

 

Graduate Dominique Greatheart added, “I needed this kind of program for years, and today is a great accomplishment for me. I really appreciate the Creating IT Futures team for bringing this training to Charlotte.”

 

Charlotte Graduation January 2019

 

Dr. Dana McDonald, vice president, talent development, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, praised the graduates, saying, “We look forward to how you will use this eight weeks of training to impact your future.”

 

Marvin Kelley, senior development and training specialist, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, wished good luck to the graduates, “I believe you all will excel in your next steps and I hope to hear about your future success.”

 

Employers who wish to interview the graduates or become a partner for future IT-Ready classes in Charlotte should contact Natasha Pender, workforce solutions manager, Creating IT Futures, at npender@comptia.org.