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Working Nation Features i.c.stars: Creating STEM job opportunities for lower-income adults

2019-12-16T12:42:20-06:00December 9th, 2019|Chicago News, Milwaukee News|

Working Nation Feature i.c.stars recently: Creating STEM job opportunities for lower-income adults.

Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have outpaced overall job growth, according to the Pew Research Center — a 79 percent increase since 1990. Computer jobs have skyrocketed 338 percent. But when it comes to being a part of that amazing job growth, blacks and Hispanics are lagging behind. Read Article

NPR (WUWM) Features i.c.stars Milwaukee: Coding Program Attempts To Address One Of The Biggest Problems In Tech

2019-12-16T11:43:41-06:00December 4th, 2019|Chicago News, Milwaukee News|

The tech industry is known for its innovation and progressive solutions to modern day problems. However, one issue that it hasn’t been able to solve is the lack of diversity in the industry, says venture capitalist Freada Kapor Klein.

“Lack of diversity is an enormous problem in the tech industry. And because tech now is part of every business, it means it is a problem throughout the country,” she says. Read Article

i.c.stars; the future is bright in the Milky Way

2019-12-18T15:15:05-06:00August 31st, 2019|Milwaukee News|

i.c.stars is an immersive technology workforce training and placement program for promising young adults. i.c.stars opened their first office in Chicago in 1999, and opened an affiliate in Columbus, Ohio in 2016. In 2018, i.c.stars opened in Milwaukee after receiving a generous commitment from The Dohmen Company. The sponsorship gives i.c.stars the funding, staff, and location needed to train and put promising adults to work in business & technology roles within Milwaukee companies. Located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, i.c.stars shares space with Dohmen’s healthcare technology company, Red Arrow Labs. Nationally, the organization has trained hundreds of people to date with a placement rate of 80% for industry-ready graduates. Read Article

Dohmen Co. brings tech training program to Milwaukee

2019-12-18T15:25:58-06:00March 16th, 2018|Milwaukee News|

The Dohmen Co. is committing $1.6 million to bring a program to Milwaukee that gives young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds immersive training in technology, business and leadership.

The program, i.c.stars, is intensive, structured — and successful.

Founded in Chicago in 1999, i.c.stars resembles a coding “boot camp” but teaches technology and other skills by focusing on specific projects from local employers, blurring the line between classroom training and work. Read Article

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

2019-12-18T15:29:48-06:00January 29th, 2018|Chicago News, Milwaukee News|

The annual agreement provides financial sponsorship and community engagement to Chicago and Milwaukee through the funding of events, volunteering on Board and Advisory committees, and the technical mentoring of i.c.stars students.

January 29, 2018 – Red Foundry, a leading provider of mobile product design, development and digital innovation services in the Chicago area, today announced an innovative multi-city sponsorship agreement with i.c.stars. For over 18 years, i.c.stars has been developing future IT and community leaders through their innovative and intensive project-based training programs designed to develop the business and technical skills of program participants. Read Article

IT Bootcamp i.c.stars Deploying Skills to Underemployed Communities

2019-12-18T15:47:31-06:00December 13th, 2017|Chicago News, Milwaukee News|

What if you could go from making a paltry $9 an hour to making something like $22 an hour in a matter of months? For students of Columbus’ i.c.stars program, that’s not outside the realm of possibility. The program focuses on honing technical skills in underemployed, minority communities, establishing relationships with local corporate partners to create and hire out a qualified talent pool.

IGS, a natural gas and electricity provider based in Dublin, became a project partner with i.c.stars for the program’s inaugural class in January. For a class of 16 (out of more than 100 applicants), IGS provided a business problem that the students had to solve. Read Article