Project Description

CHICAGO

We provide the training and tools to jumpstart a life-long profession.

ABOUT CHICAGO

Since 1999, i.c.stars 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 extraordinary potential for success in the business world and for impact in their communities.

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OUR SUCCESS

i.c.stars works with a variety of partners in Chicago, including community based organizations such as Metropolitan Family Services, CPS – Office of Alternative Education, Austin Coming Together, Goodwill Englewood, and Juvenile Justice Center. Anchored in the tech industry, additional partners include Women Tech Founders, Black Tech Mecca, ARA (Attract Retain Advance Women in Technology), Chicago Innovation Awards, and corporate partners such as Accenture, Paylocity, CIBC, Salesforce among many others.

An i.c.stars Chicago graduate who works as a senior automation engineer at a Fortune 100 company described his i.c.stars experience as the reason for where he is today. I’m going to VMWorld next week to present an open source PowerShell module. That would not have been possible without [i.c.stars project sponsor] TTX – the rigorous project not only required us to write our own database but also to write our own server side scripts as well as the front end stuff. My career in infrastructure is primarily because of that project.”

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Learn to code. Launch a career.
We provide the training and tools to jumpstart a life-long profession.

  • Two year program begins with intensive, 16-week paid internship

  • Project-based learning builds leadership skills and emotional intelligence

  • Core technical skills training in Javascript, HTML, CSS, C#, Asp.net Core and SQL

Develop software. Develop yourself.
Grow leadership and teamwork skills while working with tech industry leaders.

We’re more than tech support. We support your dreams.
We wrap you with two years of support and coaching to achieve your goals.

Help Us Recruit
Download our Flyer to post or share with the talented young adults in your life.

My training through i.c.stars has changed my life in ways I never dreamed of.

Brandies Meva'a, SourceDigital Marketing

READY TO LEARN MORE?

Read about our minimum Program Requirements or schedule an Information Session to start your journey. You may also complete our General Inquiry Form and we will contact you about joining i.c.stars.

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EVENTS

TechBash 2022

November 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST

Join i.c.stars for a star studded end of year celebration including i.c.stars alumni, VIPs, and sponsors!

iOpener Innovation Conference 2022

August 26 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am CDT

Join i.c.stars for speakers, breakout discussions led by CIOs on innovation in tech on the theme: Emerging Tech, NFTs & the future of e-commerce Tickets available soon. Email sales@icstars.org for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

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PAST EVENTS

HR Roundtable- Tactics in Retaining Tech Talent

March 2 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am CST

Please join us for a round-table and panel discussion with Milwaukee HR leaders and i.c.stars.

Stargazing MLK Day Event

January 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

Ticket- $50 Join the i.c.stars community for an engaging conversation with community and business leaders on the future of social justice and racial equity. This virtual convening will feature a series of conversations with leaders in the format of "The View"! Star-studded discussion will be led by Hosts: *Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-Founder, i.c.stars [...]

Looking for ways to get involved? Check out our Get Engaged page for more information on volunteering!

 

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