i.c.stars president participates in Accelerate Chicago with Microsoft, the Mayor and other partners

2021-11-09T12:53:35-06:00November 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|

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 […]

i.c.stars ‘Changed What was Possible’ for Graduate Miguel

2021-09-29T14:55:53-05:00September 29th, 2021|National|

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 Op-Ed in Crains: Colleges alone can’t fill the skilled worker needs

2021-09-29T14:58:47-05:00September 29th, 2021|National|

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.

We agree with everything in the story, but we’d like to add a sense of urgency to the comments made, a call to arms over this issue. Because in our world today, in almost anything you do, there’s an IT professional backing you up in some way, keeping the process working. In fact, it is hard to think of anything today that is not dependent on the work of IT professionals. It’s a crisis that we can’t afford to ignore.

A degree in computer science […]

i.c.stars Milwaukee recognized with the Champion of Diversity & Inclusion in Tech Award by the Milwaukee Business Journal

2021-05-17T12:49:31-05:00May 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

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


Panel: STEM is growing, but minorities still underrepresented

2021-03-02T14:00:28-06:00February 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|

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.

Upskilling Fund Plans to Aid 30,000 Displaced Workers

2021-03-02T13:56:02-06:00February 18th, 2021|National|

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

2021-03-02T13:58:25-06:00February 16th, 2021|Uncategorized|

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


2020 in review: 6 of our most read pieces

2021-01-04T10:10:15-06:00December 22nd, 2020|National|

As Covid-19 affected our personal and working lives, 2020 was a year of unimaginable change. Microsoft on the Issues covered topics including cybersecurity,

digital skills accessibility and more, and the pandemic influenced many of the stories we brought you.As we say goodbye to 2020, here’s a look at some of this

year’s most read stories, from the Puget Sound region and beyond. This is a look at i.c.stars, a rigorous, tech-focused program that provides young adults from low-

income communities with the tools to develop the technical and leadership skills needed for a career in technology, a field that continues to lack diversity and be in

high demand.


2021-01-04T10:44:49-06:00December 9th, 2020|National|

The 2020 ESSENCE Entrepreneur Summit is just around the corner and we have a host of successful business owners and thought leaders ready to equip you with

everything you’ll need to carry your brand into the new year. The second installment under our Level Up & Thrive series, the ESSENCE Entrepreneur Summit will

be presented in part by Chase, Aveeno, Microsoft, Walmart and Pepsi. From surefire strategies for securing capital for your business to tips on how to perfect your

pitch to valuable insight from celebrity entrepreneurs on how to balance it all and so much more, this is one virtual event you absolutely won’t want to miss. Scroll

through for a look at our speakers’ lineup and then be sure to tune in to ESSENCE.com or ESSENCE Studios on Wednesday, December 9 at 6PM as we close out the

year with the ESSENCE […]

Giving Tuesday: Celebrating Kalderos’ partnership with i.c.stars

2021-01-04T10:15:39-06:00December 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|

In a year that has been so unique for so many, we are grateful that there are still things to be thankful for. In this time, amidst a global pandemic, we feel grateful

for the chance to be able to support our community.  In that light, this Giving Tuesday, we’re proud to announce our partnership with i.c.stars, an organization that

provides a rigorous program of tech-based workforce development and leadership training for underserved adults. i.c.stars then works to place these candidates in

roles ranging from front end developers to business analysts. Click Here

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