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Salesforce.org Invests $1 Million in Chicago Education & Workforce Development

June 17, 2019

Salesforce.org features i.c.stars partnership as part of their larger investment in Chicago education and workforce development.

Scaling a Partnership: Salesforce.org + i.c.stars

i.c.stars and Workday on persistence, first jobs, and non-traditional talent

i.c.stars was founded with one belief: when young adults focus their talent on both technology services and community impact, their success in both increases significantly. When we look at developing the workforce for the future and creating access to opportunity, we’re not alone in our mission. Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, serves as a corporate partner to i.c.stars and founded Opportunity Onramps™, a movement dedicated to creating economic opportunity for all.

Strada Institute for the Future of Work report features i.c.stars

January 29, 2019

Strada Institute for the Future of Work report On-ramps to Good Jobs features i.c.stars as a case study of “innovative programs that serve as an engine of upward mobility”.

Chicago Crain's Business: i.c.stars among Chicago-area nonprofits receiving an investment from Charles Kock-led group

January 30, 2019

i.c.stars among Chicago-area nonprofits receving an investment from Charles Kock-led group, as reported in Chicago Crain’s Business.

Forbes Features Article on Apprenticeships Authored by i.c.stars and Accenture

January 22, 2019

Forbes features article on tech apprenticeships, written by i.c.stars and Accenture and highlighting their partnership.

Salesforce Mentions i.c.stars Partnership in Chicago Expansion Announcement

November 30, 2018

Salesforce company press release mentions i.c.stars partnership in their announcement to expand in Chicago.

Sandee Kastrul Honored as Social Entrepreneur in Digital Diversity Network's Annual Innovation & Inclusion Awards

November 6, 2018

i.c.stars President and Co-Founder Sandee Kastrul recognized as a Social Entrepreneur Honoree in Digital Diversity Network’s annual Innovation & Inclusion Awards.

i.c.stars President Sandee Kastrul Among Speakers at Milwaukee Tech Summit

November 1, 2018

i.c.stars president and co-founder Sandee Kastrul among leaders speaking at the Milwaukee Tech Summit.

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A Measurable Impact

Initial placement rate:
90%
Industry retention rate:
81%
College attendance rate:
55%
Alumni actively engaged in their communities:
72%
Average 12-month earnings before program:
$10,790
Average 12-month earnings after program:
$44,010