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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.

Stand Together Announces Funding - including Grant to i.c.stars - To Break Barriers To Work for Jobless Americans

January 18, 2019

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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Who do you make pancakes for?

In our society, workaholism is the one addiction that you’re actually celebrated for. It’s an addiction just like anything else, but nobody is saying things like, “You know, she works so hard, I can’t bear to be near her, He is disgusting to me. The way he constantly strives to do more work smarter, faster” When being a workaholic means that your business is thriving, it’s great! Everybody applauds, you even get awards for it.

Milwaukee Business Journal Features i.c.stars Milwaukee App Project for Youth with ADHD

October 29, 2018

Milwaukee Business Journal Features i.c.stars Milwaukee’s Partnership with the ADHD Foundation: Milwaukee nonprofits team up for app serving adolescents with ADHD

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The Struggle is Real - Where is the Movement?

Decades ago seeing a struggle was something that encompassed an entire community. The struggle, represented a movement. Change that required our Communities to stand together and stand up for justice and equality. Whereas today, the struggle is an individual plight and we stand for our individual plight, our individual views, our individual struggle. “I am struggling through this day.” “I, Me, Mine versus Us, We, Ours.”

Why the Apprenticeship Model is Succeeding in Corporate America: i.c.stars and Accenture

October 25, 2018

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Features Blog Post Authored by i.c.stars and Accenture: Why the Apprenticeship Model is Succeeding in Corporate America.

Workday Foundation Spotlights Grantee i.c.stars: Lessons Beyond the Classroom

October 9, 2018

Workday Foundation VP Carrie Varoquiers spotlights the work of i.c.stars.

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The BLT and Tea Podcast with Michael Rabbitt - "Balance" (Episode 6)

i.c.stars Brings Its Tech Skills Training to Kansas City, With Grants From William G. McGowan Fund and Will to Succeed Fdn

Chicago, August 22, 2018—A program that helps underserved young adults get into high-tech careers is expanding into Kansas City through grants from the William G.

i.c.stars Milwaukee's first cohort finds employment before graduation

i.c.stars Milwaukee’s first cohort finds employment before graduation

Alumni Interviews - Adeola on Becoming a Senior .Net Engineer

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The BLT and Tea Podcast with Chris Comerford - "Stellar Data" (Episode 4)

i.c.stars Columbus Recognized by Columbus City Council

July 24, 2018

i.c.stars Columbus was recognized by Columbus City Council and President Shannon Granville Hardin for its community impact.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Features i.c.stars Blog Post

June 21, 2018

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce features i.c.stars-authored blog post: Overcoming Employment Barriers Facing Underserved Populations.

Chicago Apprentice Network Starter Guide Includes i.c.stars as Sourcing Partner

June 2018

The Chicago Apprentice Network starter guide lists i.c.stars as a sourcing partner.

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Leaders: Showing Up isn’t Enough

In 1977, Woody Allen was quoted in the New York Times as saying that “80% of life is just showing up.” It’s taken on many variants since then, but I disagree with it in all forms. Maybe for the majority of the population showing up is enough, but for us, it’s more than just showing up, it’s being present.

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Features i.c.stars Milwaukee

June 7, 2018

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Features i.c.stars Milwaukee: New Milwaukee technology program focuses on coding skills, community impact

CBS Channel 2 Features i.c.stars

June 1, 2018

CBS Channel 2 features i.c.stars and partner Docker.

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Solve Smart Cities and i.c.stars Work Together on Housing

April 19, 2018

Solve Smart Cities is an i.c.stars partner that has helped graduates of the program access housing. Read how this partnership helped Akia.

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The BLT and Tea Podcast with Sandee Kastrul

Sandee is launching her very own podcast called “The BLT and Tea Podcast”. A podcast where Business, Leadership and Technology intersect over a cup of Tea.

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The Year of The Women: "Nonetheless She Persisted"

We just celebrated Women’s Month, but I prefer to think of 2018 as Women’s Year!

I believe this is going to be a great year for women, in fact, we are already seeing such great advocacy around pay equity and support for women with the #MeToo movement. I just want to give a shout out to some of the great organizations here in Chicago that I love and that i.c. stars is blessed to be connected to.

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