I found out about i.c.stars from my girlfriend—she’s my fiancé now. I liked their non-conventional approach, self-teaching, problem solving and learning by doing. It was right for me. They teach you how to find answers and that’s a skill that doesn’t go out of date. One of the things that impress me was the ability to network with truly influential people. This was a constant around i.c.stars and we were encouraged to make the most of their time. They opened my eyes to the endless opportunities that we had, options that I didn’t know even existed. They gave clarity and perspective to what we were doing and pointed out the best ways to accomplish goals. They helped us find the same leadership in ourselves. I learned how to help others, to see their point of view and lift them up. That’s helped me see the customer’s point of view […]
Before i.c.stars I was working and volunteering at my son’s school. Money was tight but I was getting by, then Covid hit and everything shut down. I had to find something but didn’t know what was out there.
I first learned about i.c.stars from a friend of mine. She’d graduated from the program and told me it was great, life-changing, even. I thought, hum I wonder if this is something I could do? My son was taking a coding class for middle school and that was very interesting for me. I was always good at solving puzzles. I loved puzzles and I could see where the code was off, even if I didn’t know coding. In my house, I was called Ms. Electronics because I could fix anything, set up the internet or TV. So I was interviewed for the i.c.stars program and I was excited right […]
CHICAGO – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with corporate, learning and community partners, today announced the launch of Accelerate Chicago. The program aims to reach 300,000 Chicago residents to provide a pathway from skilling to employment for community members to bridge the digital skills divide and route people to diverse and equitable hiring and re-employment opportunities. Job seekers in Chicago can start their journey toward their career reinvigoration today, with programs, events, and opportunities available now at microsoft.com/accelerateskills
“As Chicago builds its economy back in the wake of COVID-19,” said Deb Cupp, President of Microsoft U.S. “the Accelerate program expands economic opportunity and provides the skills needed to support an inclusive, equitable recovery. We’re proud to work with our civic, learning, and corporate partners to bring this program to Chicago.”
“Especially given the socioeconomic fallout of this crisis, we have been laser-focused on identifying […]
Miguel, an alumnus of i.c.stars, firmly believes his growth as a professional and as a person stems from his mentorship and experience at i.c.stars.
Miguel had never been through a program as rigorous as i.c.stars, where it instantly became evident the true value was the growth mindset he developed and valuing himself. i.c.stars provided doors and Miguel opened each one and saw it as an opportunity to deepen his skills further. For every guest who came through i.c.stars doors, Miguel ensured he listened carefully to how they reached their highest potential and success. He took notes, applied what he learned, and never got discouraged by any mistakes. He realized each opportunity was a door for him to walk through, learn from and make decisions that would benefit his growth.
Miguel came from a family where he was expected to lead a blue-collar work path. It’s what his family knew […]
i.c.stars authored an Op-Ed in Crains:
A recent Crain’s Equity story on the lack of diversity in the tech field pointed out several issues that have kept minority participation low. A lack of strong STEM programs in high schools with predominantly minority enrollment, the tribal nature of hiring or the limited recruiting pool are just a few issues that were mentioned.
i.c.stars Milwaukee recognized with the Champion of Diversity & Inclusion in Tech Award by the Milwaukee Business Journal
The Milwaukee Business Journal will honor 11 Milwaukee-area companies and individuals as part of our inaugural Tech Awards.
Among the winners are GE Healthcare, which is being honored for its “Artificial Intelligence in MRI” initiative, Sojourner Family Peace Center, which is being
honored for its “Centralized Data System” and Waterstone Mortgage, which is being honored for its “Digital Mortgage / Remote Online Notorization eClosing”
system. Neal Sample, Northwestern Mutual’s executive vice president and chief information officer, was chosen as “Technologist of the Year.” Sample leads the
technology organization at Northwestern Mutual, which includes approximately 2,500 employees and makes up more than a third of the company’s home office
Growth and innovation in STEM has become a guiding force in the economy, but minorities continue to be underrepresented in these fields, according to a
Milwaukee business panel.Leaders from Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Jet Constellations and IC Stars spoke at a virtual event put on
by Fuel Milwaukee to discuss the importance of diversity in science and technology.The failure of corporate leaders to properly integrate diversity into their hiring
strategies is the root cause of low numbers of women, African Americans and Hispanics in the industry, they said.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today the SkillUp Coalition, which provides displaced workers with opportunities to gain new skills and secure
in-demand jobs, announced the launch of a fund with the goal of benefitting 30,000 workers displaced by COVID-19. Known as the SkillUp Together Fund, money
raised immediately goes to recipients in the form of grants that cover the cost of training, equipment, or special support services. The Fund will target those most
impacted by the pandemic who are making under $40,000 a year and have less than a bachelor’s degree. SkillUp aims to raise $30 million in total and disperse the
funds fully within 12 to 18 months.
Fiserv : Minority-Owned Small Businesses in Chicago Can Now Apply for Back2Business Grants from Fiserv
Approximately $1 million in grants available to businesses based in the city of Chicago or Cook County
BROOKFIELD, Wis., February 16, 2021 – Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a leading global provider of payments and financial services technology solutions, today
announced it is accepting grant applications from minority-owned small businesses based in the city of Chicago or Cook County as part of its ongoing
Back2Business program. The program is designed to help support minority-owned businesses that have been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19