Microsoft Features its Partnership with I.c.stars: Everyone should have access to digital skills

2020-10-01T09:39:36-05:00September 2nd, 2020|Chicago News, National|

In the spring of 2000, a young man walked into the Inner-City Computer Stars office in Chicago, determined to join this nonprofit’s digital skills training program and build a

future for himself in technology. But first he had to prove that he was ready for that journey.

“He was 17 or 18 years old when he applied,” recalls Sandee Kastrul, the CEO and a founder of i.c.stars. Kastrul says she asked him to “go and build a website and come back.”

So he did. “And this was back in the day, 20 years ago, so he had all these floppy disks with his code on it to show us what he had built. It was pretty incredible, and we said, ‘All

right, we’ve got to have this kid joining the cohort.’”

Microsoft Supports i.c.stars in their Mission to Provide a Life-Changing Experience

2020-08-27T13:21:12-05:00July 14th, 2020|National|

Chicago-based nonprofit i.c.stars works in three cities to train a more diverse IT workforce. After an intensive four-month training, graduates are equipped with the technical skills and business leadership to thrive in tech-enabled jobs. Microsoft has supported i.c.stars for 20 years and remains committed to ensuring all people have the opportunity and access to the life-changing power of technology. Watch Video

i.c.stars is Featured as Diversifying Milwaukee’s Tech

2020-09-08T17:16:47-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Milwaukee News|

When a woman of color approached a white investor about her tech start up, he handed her his plate, mistaking her for the event’s cleaning crew. This type of racism is reflective of what entrepreneurs of color face when trying to build a tech company in a predominately white business sector. Milwaukee Business Journal dives deeper into the impact that a $50 million fund for divers founders could accomplish for Milwaukee’s tech. Read Article

Executive Director of i.c.stars Milwaukee Quoted in WisBusiness

2020-08-17T14:16:34-05:00July 1st, 2020|Milwaukee News|

The business leaders of Milwaukee say that mentorship, inclusivity, and location will improve diversity in the workforce.

Sarah Dollhausen-Clark, executive director of i.c.stars Milwaukee, admits that it is hard to pin-point just one thing that can benefit Milwaukee’s lack of diversity in the workforce, as there are many that stem from the raw statistics of the minority communities. However, she offers one large critique for companies who are shifting their focus to diversifying their staff. She proceeds to offer some of her own ideas to ensure this this transformation can begin happening in Milwaukee’s workforce.

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i.c.stars Expands Legacy of Technology Training Impact in Illinois Through TechReady Partnership

2020-06-12T08:56:29-05:00June 12th, 2020|Chicago News, National|

CHICAGO – JUNE 12, 2020 – i.c.stars announced today its partnership with TechReady Illinois, an effort launched this week by P33 and Discovery Partners to help Illinois residents hurt by COVID-19 gain new digital skills.

More than one million Illinoisans filed for unemployment in the first nine weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, more than five times the same period of the Great Recession. The pandemic has further exacerbated the health and economic disparities among residents of underserved communities.

“For TechReady to advance inclusive tech growth, and to deliver tech-career opportunity to those who have historically been underrepresented in the digital economy like our Black and Latinx residents, we need partners who have a history and expertise working with these populations successfully,” said P33 Senior Vice President of Workforce Innovation Matthew Muench. “i.c.stars is a Chicago gem that […]

P33, Discovery Partners Institute launch tech education program for Illinoisans

2020-06-18T10:29:33-05:00June 8th, 2020|Chicago News, National|

Two Chicago organizations that have gained attention for missions to expand and strengthen Chicago’s tech industry launched a new program to help provide inexpensive

computer science education to Illinoisans. P33, an effort by Chicago’s private-sector leaders to boost the city’s tech reputation, and the Discovery Partners Institute, a network of

research and innovation hubs in the South Loop, announced the initiative, called TechReady Illinois, on Monday.

20 Black-Led Chicago Groups You Can Donate To Now To Make A Difference In Black Lives

2020-06-18T10:28:44-05:00June 5th, 2020|Chicago News, National|

CHICAGO — Black communities across Chicago are struggling. Still suffering through the coronavirus crisis, neighbors now are also coping with the trauma of police violence

against Black men and destruction to their neighborhoods in the aftermath of widespread demonstrations protesting George Floyd’s killing. Groups on the ground in neighborhoods

are stepping up to make sure residents are can meet their basic needs, mobilizing vast resources to help Black communities access food, health care, personal protective equipment,

transportation and legal aid.

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

Innovator spotlight: i.c. stars offers underserved communities bridge to tech jobs

2019-12-18T15:07:35-06:00December 4th, 2019|Chicago News|

Founded in 1998, i.c.stars creates opportunities for underserved communities by bridging the gap between resilient young adults and high-growth tech companies. The rigorous four-month leadership and technology training program gives low-income learners close to 1,000 hours of training in preparation for work at leading technology service providers and then supports them for 20 months afterward as they transition to high-paying, full-time employment. Read Article

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