Using project-based learning and full immersion teaching, i.c. stars provides an opportunity for change-driven, future leaders to develop skills in business and technology.
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“Companies employ CIOs, CEOs and CTOs, why not Chief Innovation Officers?”

- Highlights of the 2010 iOpener Conference

At i.c.stars we provide a rigorous technology-based workforce development and leadership training program for low-income adults, developing Chicagoland's most promising information technology talent with leadership goals and connecting them with career opportunities through our social enterprise and our partner organizations.

Our social mission is central to our work. Our primary goal as a social enterprise is to further our mission and the profits earned through our business model support our training program. Working with low-income young adults, providing them with employment opportunities and preparing them for community-based advocacy allows us to achieve our social purpose.

A Measurable Impact

Initial placement rate:
95%
Industry retention rate:
81%
College attendance rate:
44%
Alumni actively engaged in their communities:
70%
Average 12-month earnings before program:
$9,000
Average 12-month earnings after program:
$31,000

Our events provide the primary source of income that funds our training program and helps us achieve our mission. We thank you for participating in helping us build our network!

TechBash 2014
When: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Where: 632 North Dearborn Street (Castle - formerly known as Excalibur)
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meet and mingle with the CIO's of 40 companies who will act as "CIO Celebrities" at TechBash 2014. The CIO's will be stationed around the event throughout the evening. i.c.stars will provide a Star Map and schedule so that TechBashers can easily...

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