Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • December 13, 2013

    IT-Ready grad Jamie Watson finds ‘white collar’ fits just fine

    Since graduating from high school, Jamie P. Watson, 43, worked one physically strenuous blue-collar job after the next – spending two to three years at each place of employment until circumstances or layoffs forced him to move on. “I have three kids – I can’t not work,” he says. “I have to have a job.”
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  • November 20, 2013

    Be an Apprentice

    After performing auto body repairs for more than 20 years, Jim Osterhues suddenly found himself laid off and out of work. So Osterhues put that first-hand experience to work by studying for and obtaining a license to work as an insurance adjuster in Minnesota. Yet despite the fact that he knew auto body repair – probably better than the average insurance adjuster – Osterhues could not find a job anywhere.
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  • September 18, 2013

    Getting the Word Out

    When IT-Ready Apprentice Program graduate Ngina Baggett, 26, posed for a close-up this summer, she was a little bit apprehensive. “You’re going to put my photo where?” Just a few weeks later, her photo was on three billboards in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. “I love it!” said Baggett, who recently began a full-time technical support position that she credits IT-Ready’s training with helping her to land.
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  • September 18, 2013

    Graduate Profile: Turning Curiosity into a Career

    As a child Gabriel Kivi was fascinated by technology. “Mentally?, I just like knowing what makes things work, often asking not only what this button does, but how?” he said. “You know, one of those kids whose parents have to ask, ‘Why did you take the VCR apart?!’” Despite his natural affinity to all things technological, Kivi found himself in 2005 in a decidedly non-technological role working as a bankruptcy specialist for a car financing company.
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  • September 17, 2013

    IT-Ready Alumni Update

    After completing classes, becoming CompTIA A+ certified, interviewing with employers, and finally entering the workforce as professional IT workers, the Cincinnati and Minneapolis / St. Paul IT-Ready alumni welcomed the chance to let their hair down a bit at the first alumni networking events held in their cities.
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  • July 9, 2013

    A Marathon Goal

    I had the pleasure of spending time with an inspiring IT-Ready graduate and her family recently. Linda is a graduate of the IT-Ready Columbus program operated by Per Scholas. You can watch her video story here. Linda is a marathoner, but it took her a while to realize she had a talent for long races. She attended Ohio State on a golfing scholarship and only started running after becoming a mother.
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