NextGen and i.c. stars Team Up to Mentor Talent from Underserved Communities

CHICAGO, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On March 18, NextGen, a staffing agency serving the telecom sector, hosted an open house to kickoff and celebrate its partnership with i.c. stars, an organization dedicated to advancing opportunity for talented people from underserved communities. Over the next three months, NextGen will mentor members of i.c. stars for 90 minutes a week as the participants begin their career search. Resume writing, networking and negotiating offers will all be part of that mentoring process.

“The telecom industry always has its eyes on the future, and our clients know they need to look into creating a more diverse and inclusive pipeline of talent. i.c. stars has that talent, and they are motivated. We’re thrilled at the opportunity to work with them. It’s a way to advance those communities and our clients,” explained Andy Baker, CEO of NextGen.

“Our mission is to make sure talent from underserved communities gets the opportunities its due. NextGen has a reputation for really fortifying talented and matching it with great opportunities, so we’re really excited to be working with them,” said Sandee Kastrul, cofounder and president of i.c. stars.

About NextGen: NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

About i.c.stars: Formed in 1999, i.c.stars is a non-profit organization in Chicago for adults with a high school diploma or GED. Using project-based learning and full-immersion teaching, i.c.stars provides opportunities to develop skills in business and technology. i.c.stars places 93 percent of its qualified graduates in jobs with average annual earnings of $31,500. Before completing the program, participants typically earn around $10,500. Learn more on the web at

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