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May 20, 2019

IT-Ready Portland launches careers of newly certified tech workers

By Olumide Idowu

Creating IT Futures recently launched the tech careers of another 22 students in Portland.


Workforce Solutions Manager Amy Eernisse-Liang opened IT-Ready Portland’s graduation ceremony by thanking the students for their commitment throughout the eight weeks of their IT-Ready class.


Portland Graduating Class


The IT-Ready class was offered to participants free of charge, thanks to support from Urban League of PortlandWorkSource Portland Metro and Wounded Warrior Project.


Rick Benevento, division lead for end-user service for TEKsystems, acknowledged the important work Creating IT Futures is doing to bring more people into the information technology workforce. He encouraged graduates to enter the workforce with confidence, knowing they have the learning and skills necessary to succeed.   


“Get networking, use social media, do internships, start looking for your dream job, and keep educating yourself,” Benevento said. “Be proud of the learning you’ve gotten, get your CV and LinkedIn account updated with your new skill set, and get ready for IT jobs.”


Portland graduation interview


Aaron Peck, IT-Ready instructor, commended graduates for performing so well on their CompTIA A+ certification exams, especially since everyone of the 22 graduates got certified.


“You did exceptionally well,” Peck said. “You have all been brilliant, making good contributions during our eight weeks together.”


One of the graduating students, Robert J. Tomlinson, expressed his gratitude to Creating IT Futures for lifting him up after he suffered an injury. “I left my former job because of an injury to my hand, but thanks to IT-Ready, I have found my way back and have the foundation to break in the IT sector. I am very positive for the next step in my career,” he said.


His classmate, Roy Mariano, expressed similar sentiment. “This is the beginning of a great opportunity for me,” he said.


Portland graduate being interviewed


Eernisse-Liang said she was impressed with the dedication and passion this cohort of IT-Ready participants brought to the classroom.


“They have truly set the bar for excellence here in Portland,” she said. “I have no doubt each of them will thrive on this technical journey and also ‘pay it forward’ in life, contributing to the greater good of humanity as they follow their unique career pathways.”


Graduation would not have been possible, Eernisse-Liang added, without IT-Ready’s employer-partners. Seventeen of graduates from the program already have found jobs. Eight employers participated in a career fair with the students before they received their graduation certificates:


“I am beyond thankful to them; our program would not be sustainable and our students and program would not be nearly as successful were it not for their encouragement and engagement,” Eernisse-Liang said. “Many of our partners have two to four IT-Ready students on their teams, and we hope those numbers only increase as they experience growth within their businesses.”


Portland graduate being interviewed


IT-Ready is an on-ramp for adults to a successful career in information technology. The eight-week, classroom-based training program offers education and job placement for qualifying unemployed and under-employed adults who enjoy using technology, but who lack formal job experience in the IT field. IT-Ready is a program of Creating IT Futures, an IT workforce charity founded by CompTIA.


The spring class of IT-Ready students is ready to graduate on May 31 in Portland. Applications for the summer IT-Ready class are being accepted now through July 12. Apply online by clicking here.


If you’d like to interview IT-Ready graduates for potential entry-level tech employment at your business, email Amy Eernisse-Liang.