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Forbes Article Highlights i.c.stars: Five Social Entrepreneurs Creating A New System of Opportunity In America

2023-02-06T14:53:54-06:00February 6th, 2023|Chicago, National, workforce|

Five Social Entrepreneurs Creating A New System Of Opportunity In America
By Abby Marquand, New Profit 

From the Great Resignation to the growing labor movement, over the past few years we have seen accelerated shifts in the labor market that are putting more power in the hands of workers. We now find ourselves with an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine economic mobility in America.

If we are to make the most of this opportunity, we need a multi-faceted approach that isn’t just about connecting workers to ‘good jobs,’ but about breaking down barriers to economic mobility to ensure that every worker has access to opportunities to learn new skills, advance in a career path, and build generational wealth.  Read more…

Chicago Crain’s Business Article Highlights i.c.stars: Big employers turn to apprenticeships for tech talent

2023-02-03T12:15:35-06:00December 20th, 2022|Chicago, Milwaukee, National, workforce|

CHICAGO – Dec 16, 2022

i.c.stars was highlighted in a story published in Crain’s Chicago Business about apprenticeships for technology talent.

Ten of Chicago’s largest employers—including United Airlines, JPMorgan Chase and Allstate—are teaming up to make better use of apprenticeships to tackle two problems that have long plagued the tech industry: a shortage of talent and inequality of opportunity.

More at: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/technology/united-allstate-chase-start-apprenticeship-program-p33-dpi

i.c.stars Announces $1 Million Gift from New Profit

2022-12-18T17:33:15-06:00December 6th, 2022|Chicago, Milwaukee, National|

CHICAGO – New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization, has awarded $1 million to support i.c.stars’ priorities including technology training, leadership development, career readiness, and job placement for young adults from underserved communities.

“This incredible gift will help us scale the program,” said Sandee Kastrul, CEO and co-founder of I.c.stars, “so that we can respond to requests for training and help more young adults secure opportunities in the tech sector.”

“i.c.stars transforms the trajectory of individuals facing significant barriers to economic mobility by offering a combination of workforce skill training and intensive leadership development. Our financial investment and strategic support are aimed at helping them hone and execute their strategy to achieve greater impact, scale, and influence,” said Kevin Greer, New Profit Partner and Chief Administrative Officer, who recently joined the i.c.stars Board of Directors. “We […]

Regional focus on innovation ensures bright future for Northwest Indiana

2022-10-18T18:21:34-05:00October 18th, 2022|Chicago, National, workforce|

HOBART — Northwest Indiana, and indeed the entire urbanized coast of Lake Michigan from South Bend to Milwaukee, is perfectly positioned to become a national and international center of technology and innovation.

That was the message delivered by a variety of speakers Thursday to more than 500 entrepreneurs, community advocates, and business and municipal officials during the annual One Region luncheon at Avalon Manor in Hobart.

Natalie Vargas: Profile of an Inner-City Computer Star – August 2022

2022-10-18T18:17:46-05:00August 25th, 2022|Milwaukee, National|

BY TOM JENZ AUG. 08, 2022 10:33 A.M.

WisconsinInno: Molson Coors taps i.c.stars alumni to help design innovation spaces in Milwaukee, Chicago offices – July 2022

2022-08-25T12:03:47-05:00August 25th, 2022|Chicago, Milwaukee, National|

By Will Romano – Editorial Intern July 26, 2022, 10:10am CDT

Molson Coors Beverage Co. expanded its partnership with technology training nonprofit Inner-City Computer Stars (i.c.stars) this month by soliciting ideas from i.c.stars alumni for new innovation spaces in Molson Coors’ Chicago and Milwaukee corporate offices.

The alumni competed in small groups to present their ideas for the space, which all focused on cutting-edge technologies, according to a press release. Alumni students Angel Delgado and Khalil Hall won the competition on July 15.

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Work Shift article highlights i.c.stars: Making sense of tech bootcamps, coding schools, and on-ramps

2022-05-16T18:27:26-05:00May 16th, 2022|National|

Bootcamps have become synonymous with short-term tech training.

Their rapid rise, equally swift reality check, and resurgence amid the pandemic have been widely chronicled. Bootcamps haven’t quite reached MOOC status in the popular imagination, but are arguably a household name. A nationally representative survey this past fall found that three-quarters of American adults and nine in 10 business leaders had heard of tech bootcamps.

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MIT Article Mentions i.c.stars + Amsted Rail Partnership: “Practical Ways to Tackle Manufacturing’s Labor Crunch”

2022-05-16T18:17:44-05:00May 16th, 2022|National|

Pandemic-era worker shortages have been pegged to mass resignations, but the manufacturing sector’s current talent and expertise gap has earlier antecedents.

Decades of labor cost reductions — through hiring caps, lower or stagnant wages, and anemic investment in technology and training — is coming back to bite the industry, according to experts who spoke at the recent 2022 MIT Manufacturing Conference.

Compared to other industries, the share of open job positions as a percentage of overall manufacturing jobs has continued to rise well beyond the impact of ongoing resignations sparked by the pandemic.

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Ahman Green’s Gamers Lounge Podcast Featuring Janine Dickens of i.c.stars

2022-03-11T13:46:10-06:00March 11th, 2022|National|

Ahman Green and Jon Arias are joined by Janine Dickens of i.c.stars and Jordan Tian of Tier 1 Gaming Lounge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s another episode in our series of “People Who Love Video Games in Wisconsin! Plus our Game Releases of the week and more!

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