Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hale Sargent for i.c.stars |* milwaukee, 414-501-5313 Advisory Board Chair William Caraher and General Manager Sarah Dollhausen to steer technology workforce training and placement program MILWAUKEE /March 28, 2018/ — As i.c.stars prepares to open its doors in Milwaukee next month, the technology workforce training and placement program today announced its leadership team and immediate opportunities for local businesses to engage the next generation of...
CHICAGO—-March 28, 2018 Technology workforce development nonprofit i.c.stars announced a new partnership with software firm NVISIA. The sponsorship will support the training program that is building the next generation of technology talent, while offering opportunities to underserved young adults in Chicago and Milwaukee. “NVISIA was founded over 25 years ago in Chicago and we’ve been dedicated to helping our local community whenever possible,” said NVISIA President Shaun Lovick...
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Ferruelo for i.c.stars, 312-487-2208 Hale Sargent for The Dohmen Company, 414-501-5313 i.c.stars technology training program launches its second city satellite in Milwaukee with $1.6 million sponsorship from The Dohmen Company Sponsorship funds technology immersion training aimed at closing the wage gap for low income adults MILWAUKEE, March 14, 2018 – i.c.stars, a project based learning program aimed at developing the next generation of technology leaders...
Chicago—August 22, 2017 i.c.stars, technology workforce development nonprofit, today announced it has received a grant for $50,000 from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, i.c.stars will train 70 inner-city young adults in its technology, business and leadership bootcamp, and support another 50 residents with ongoing professional development, among other services. The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each...
Chicago—July 12, 2017 Technology workforce development nonprofit i.c.stars announced the addition of three directors to its board: Wheeler Coleman, chief executive officer and executive partner of EC-United, LLC; Geoffrey Robertson, vice president, global digital business and innovation at Grainger; and Bruce Schinelli, chief information officer of TTX. Coleman got to know i.c.stars through its talent, hiring i.c.stars graduates for his team at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Prior to EC-...
Three-Year Program Will Advance Efforts to Support Diverse Entrepreneurs CHICAGO, June 5, 2017 – i.c.stars was selected by ChicagoNEXT, World Business Chicago (WBC), and the Blackstone Charitable Fund to join a cohort of organizations who will receive grant funding from the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Blackstone Challenge is a three-year pilot program awarding up to $3 million to innovative organizations that effectively support diverse entrepreneurs and scale...
i.c.stars Alumni Launch Entrepreneurial Social and Technology Ventures Entrepreneurs and tech founders are latest in a long line of i.c.stars graduates driving innovation in Chicago Chicago—March 23, 2017 i.c.stars today announced that three of its alumni started new programs in March, reinforcing the Chicago-based non-profit’s role in helping fuel the Chicago makers boom. Cylk Jackson, winner of i.c.stars’ Enterprise Next (Enext) lean startup challenge, was accepted into Code2040’s...
Chicago—December 20, 2016 Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation (i.c.stars), an organization that expands opportunities for underserved young adults, announced today that it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the PayPal Gives Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grant was recommended by PayPal’s employee-volunteer led Chicago GIVE Team, and it will be used to support the technology, business and leadership skills training program. Through a four-month...
Chicago—November 7, 2016 For more than five years, the young adult participants of i.c.stars have served as volunteer technology tutors at New Age Services Corporation, a substance use and abuse recovery center in North Lawndale. This partnership is part of i.c.stars’ business, leadership and technology training program, which teaches not only HTML, CSS and JavaScript, it empowers participants to create change in their communities. Since many New Age clients do not have access to...
Chicago—September 7, 2016 Leading workforce development nonprofit Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation, known as i.c.stars, received a $100,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support the growth of its technology training program serving diverse communities. This grant will be used to fund i.c.stars in Chicago and its expansion. “The Walmart Foundation supports the vision of i.c. stars to provide motivated individuals with the training and opportunities to excel in the high growth...

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