i.c.stars in the news

Solve Is a Connector – Featured i.c.stars Alumn Akia Young

2019-12-18T15:19:57-06:00April 19th, 2018|Chicago News|

How Solve helps bridge the gap between people and the resources they need

Meet Akia: Akia landed her dream job in the technology field and found housing by working with Solve’s partners, i.c.stars and the Chester David Group.

Akia was working as a call center representative when she first heard of i.c.stars. The program, a rigorous technology-based workforce development and leadership training curriculum, seemed like the perfect way for her to transition from a customer service job to a technology-focused career. Read Article

Xconomy: Dohmen’s $1.6M Helps i.c. stars Expand to Milwaukee, Other Cities

2019-12-18T15:55:27-06:00March 16th, 2018|Chicago News|

A Chicago-based organization that teaches technology skills to young adults who have overcome adversity says it plans to begin holding programs in Milwaukee.

Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation, or i.c. stars, says it plans to team up with companies in Milwaukee to place hundreds of young adults in jobs that require knowledge of computing concepts and expertise in software development. 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

WindyCity Times: Continuing excellence: Sandee Kastrul and IC Stars

2019-12-18T15:51:01-06:00November 28th, 2017|Chicago News|

In the north part of the Loop, 20 people will commit to being in an office space from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, for four months, forming a cohort ready to absorb the latest the tech world has to offer.

By the end of their time at IC Stars, they will have amassed 1,000 hours of IT training—what a visiting industry professional called the equivalent of a master’s in IT—while being paid a small stipend to solve a current technological program for an actual corporation. CEOs want to hang out with them and interrogate them about their developing skills. These individuals come from all sorts of backgrounds generally considered underserved: all of the members of this current cohort are people of color. Read Article

Chicago Ideas profiles i.c.stars recruiter and alumnus: Rico Bryant

2019-12-18T15:53:14-06:00March 17th, 2017|Chicago News|

Rico Bryant is the Recruitment Manager of i.c.stars, a technology-based workforce development program assisting low-income adults. One of the pillars that i.c.stars touts is its leadership training, how it helps people from underserved communities tap into their potential and grow into forward-thinking leaders. The 33-year-old Bryant knows this well. He was once an i.c.stars intern, finding out about the company through a Facebook post and going on to rise up the ranks there. Bryant describes stumbling upon this random social media post as “a blessing from God,” as he was searching for work and continually having doors slammed in his face, all because he had been incarcerated. Read Article

The Chicago Community Trust highlights i.c.stars and an alumna in: A Jobs Program Creating Tech Stars and Community Leaders

2019-12-18T15:59:05-06:00March 14th, 2017|Chicago News|

Brandies Meva’a recalls the experiences that led her to where she is today: co-owner of a digital marketing firm based in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

One was helping found a nonprofit while she was in high school. Called BOLD Chicago (Building Opportunities for Leadership Development), it taught her a lot about community organizing. Read Article

eshots’ Founder Hosts “High Tea” with Chicago Tech Interns from i.c.stars

2019-12-18T16:03:02-06:00March 8th, 2017|Chicago News|

eshots, Inc founder and CEO Craig Steensma hosted a 60-minute presentation and Q&A with members of Chicago-based i.c. stars. Offering a two-year program, i.c. stars provides opportunities for young adults to develop advanced technical and leadership skills. Since 1999, according to icstars.org, the organization “has been identifying, training, and jump-starting technology careers for Chicago-area low-income young adults who, although lacking access to education and employment, demonstrate the extraordinary potential for success in the business world and for impact in their communities.” i.c. stars engages with Chicago-area companies in two ways, either through the temporary or full-time hiring of i.c. stars alums or custom Fellowship programs.

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