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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

Tell me about your current role.

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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.

i.c. stars announces Milwaukee leadership team

March 30, 2018

i.c. stars announces Milwaukee leadership team; TRUE Skool founder Sarah Dollhausen to manage the tech training program.

i.c.stars announces Milwaukee leadership team and immediate engagement opportunities for local businesses 

Contact: Hale Sargent for i.c.stars |* milwaukee, 414-501-5313

i.c.stars Announces Partnership with Software Firm NVISIA

CHICAGO—-March 28, 2018 Technology workforce development nonprofit i.c.stars announced a new partnership with software firm NVISIA.

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What we value: Opportunities, Lives, and Bullets

i.c.stars is growing, and as we grow we often have interesting conversations about “What’s next?” Recently I was having a chat with Tasha Levy, our Chief Learning Officer, about night school. We talked about forming a partnership with a co-working space at a national level, that would open up learning and leadership opportunities for i.c.stars all over the country.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The Dohmen Co. brings tech training program for disadvantaged adults to Milwaukee

March 16, 2018

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Features The Dohmen Co.’s investment in i.c.stars to bring the tech training program for disadvantaged adults to Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Business Journal: The Dohmen Co. Helps Bring Chicago Tech Training to Milwaukee

March 15, 2018

The Milwaukee Business Journal Features the Dohmen Company’s investment to launch i.c.stars Milwaukee.

i.c.stars technology training program launches in Milwaukee with $1.6 million sponsorship from The Dohmen Company

Media Contacts:
Elizabeth Ferruelo for i.c.stars, 312-487-2208
Hale Sargent for The Dohmen Company, 414-501-5313

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i.c.stars Receives Warm Welcome at QTS Data Center Chicago

As we begin Cycle 40, i.c.stars would like to highlight a stellar engagement with sponsor QTS Data Centers. Cycle 39 was invited to tour their impressive new facility at the end of November, 2017.

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Sandee Kastrul featured on the Chicago Morning Takeover - WGCI

Listen to Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-Founder of i.c.stars, speak on the recent Wintrust event celebrating Black business leaders.

Developing the next generation of technology talent: Salesforce and i.c.stars

We are excited to announce that i.c.stars has received its largest grant ever from Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce.

Red Foundry Announces Multi-City i.c.stars Sponsorship Agreement

January 29, 2018

Chicago-based tech workforce development program i.c. stars coming to Milwaukee

January 22, 2018

Milwaukee BizTimes announces the Milwaukee launch of Chicago-based tech workforce development program i.c. stars.

i.c.stars |* milwaukee is Ready to Launch!

i.c.stars Milwaukee

i.c.stars is coming to Milwaukee in 2018 and is now accepting applications!

A Measurable Impact

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