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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  • 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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  • February 19, 2013

    Take a Look at Me Now: IT-Ready Graduates Find Stability in Long Term IT Positions

    Jarvis is pleased with the work he's put into his future. Asked about his prospects, IT-Ready graduate Jarvis Madlung summarizes his thoughts quite nicely. “Things are looking really good,” he said. They are, indeed.
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  • January 22, 2013

    All Fired Up: IT Apprentice Finds His Home in Security

    For several years after high school, Theo Hysell, now 26, worked for a shipping company stacking boxes. It was good honest work. “But you can only do that for so long before your brain starts to melt.” The Minneapolis native needed a larger challenge.
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  • 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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