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The Lean Start-Up That Could

Last week, as the brown line chugged along on my way to work, I started to think back on my experience at Tech Week.

The Silicon City

A great deal of press has been given to the current state of the economy and more specifically the unemployment rate in the U.S.

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Is the business case about hiring individuals or a team?

I was at a dinner event a few months ago and entry level hiring in IT was the topic of the night. The discussion focused on “best practices for on-boarding and developing new talent”.

Positioned To Lead

A few days ago, we opened up the i.c.stars studio to a local meetup group called Netsquared. It was a great meeting to sit in on as the topic was “Social Media and Non- Profits”.

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What is the Business Case for Hiring Entry Level Talent?

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Where is the trust? Don’t let fear cause you to lose direction!

Edelman recently released a report with some interesting conclusions.

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Alumni Association Board Member Form

First off, on behalf of the Alumni Association we would like to thank everyone for their patience during this process and most of all for taking the time to make this opportunity happen!

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Want your Social Media efforts to make a big impact? The intuition of the youth is the key.

Most people think of social media as exhibitionism through communication – a way to announce your product, your event, and your thoughts. But it’s actually much more than that.

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Stars Remember Dr. King - Stakeholders 2011

At the 11th Annual Stakeholders event on Martin Luther King Jr.

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Social Enterprise Announcement

i.c.stars to Launch Social Enterprise and New Training Program

i.c.stars |* Interns and Alumni Show Schools Some Love

Authored by Beatrice Elizalde and Davis Castillo Jr.

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Cycle 22 says "Take that Geek Week!!!" On to the next one...

Hear Ye!
Hear Ye!

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A constellation you should know... by Lucy Gray

This blog post has been sitting on my computer’s desktop for a few weeks now…. I’m finally getting around to telling you about a great week I had at the end of May.

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India Trip Winners!

Hello Everyone-

The winners of this incredible opportunity are:

Sherita Whitiker
Brandies Dunagan
Alfredo Pantoja

Congratulations Alumn!

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Derek Schmider Won XBOX at Chicago Code Camp on Saturday, May 1, 2010

Wow, Derek Schmider won a brand new XBOX at Chicago Code Camp on Saturday, May 1, 2010. We had fun and it was a great opportunity to learn, network and volunteer.

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i.c.stars to visit India!

Thanks to the legwork of volunteer/employer/sponsor Dave Patzwald, Infosys (www.infosys.com) is offering to cover the cost of i.c.stars to send 3-4 alu

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On strategic planning

Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach for America, remembers concluding at one point in a strategic planning exercise, “I am not going to read another overly detailed plan that tries to lay out what ev

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Carlton Hardy (Cycle 21) Technical 2010 Winner

Wow, Carlton Hardy is touching the stars by winning the 50 For the Future Technical Award. What will he touch next! I can not wait to see. Congratulation Carlton Hardy!!!!

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Day and the Life of Cycle 21 Interns

What a week!! Word can not begin to express all the experiences this week. Wow!!

*DirectTV and Free Cell Phones*

Happy Holidays to the entire i.c. stars family!

2009 was an interesting year of rapid changes and even faster adaptations. I wish everyone a happy, blessed start to the new year.

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Microsoft Elevate America

UPDATE: the training vouchers have all been allocated. What remains is certification exam vouchers.

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Alumni Involvement Campaign

Call to Action

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Network Assistance


Russ Kotz has sent you a message.

Date: 10/19/2009

Subject: Network Assistance

We have never had the pleasure of meeting but we have the i.c. stars Linked In group in common.

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iOpener 2009 Alumni Registration

Fellow Alums-

Do you want to attend iOpener for free?

We have created a great opportunity where you can attend the conference without paying the registration fee of $50.

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Application process and Job Description for Organizer position

Hello ALL,

Please review this information within the 12 hours, because I am planning to forward this to the i.c.stars alumni association. please repond back to this email with the go ahead.

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New Date to the social bowl

Hello All,

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AA Report

AA Report

Updates – cycle 19 finished up on the 29th of May, Alfredo Pantoja is official finish with all his requirements and now qualify for job placement.

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Geek Prom this Saturday June 13, 2009

Geeks, nerds, dorks — chances are, you didn’t attend your high school prom.

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Alumni Service Day Follow Up

PRESS RELEASE: Alumni Service Day
Submitted by Seth Harris on Wed, 2009-06-03 14:00.

A Measurable Impact

Initial placement rate:
Industry retention rate:
College attendance rate:
Alumni actively engaged in their communities:
Average 12-month earnings before program:
Average 12-month earnings after program: