Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • 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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  • 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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  • July 20, 2012

    Our Family's Star

    Tell Troops to Tech Careers in 500 words or less why you admire, appreciate, or are inspired by your veteran for their service to our country. Vote for your favorite submission, or get your friends to vote for your story between July 23 – July 27.
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  • July 20, 2012

    Let the Apprenticeships Begin

    “Did you pass? Great job!” Adam Turner, instructor for the IT-Ready class in Cincinnati, found himself speaking these words into his cell phone repeatedly the past few weeks as his students reported their CompTIA A+ certification exam results. Within three weeks of classes ending, more than 80 percent of participants in the two IT-Ready classes had achieved certification, making them ready for the next stage of the IT-Ready program: an interview for a paid six-month apprenticeship with a local company.
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