Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • 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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  • June 17, 2013

    Leadership as a Learned Trait

    Aptitude and attitude are not enough to move up in today’s business environment. Meaningful success also requires character and teamwork. “It’s not enough to be a smart technical person,” said Paul Cronin, a member of the boards of directors for CompTIA and the Creating IT Futures Foundation. “If people are going to stand up in their own ways and feel the strength inside them, that takes something else."
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  • February 20, 2013

    I Got the Job: Meet the Ones Who Place IT-Ready Students in IT Careers

    Until recently, Kathleen Brennan’s job was helping to sell GPS electronics to large retailers around the Twin Cities, MN. She’s still helping people locate a true direction, but in a slightly different way. Now Brennan is helping them find careers in technology.
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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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  • 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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