i.c.stars offers a unique two-year program that provides an opportunity for low-income adults to develop advanced technical and leadership skills.
Our alums earn more money, continue to increase expertise in information technology-based platforms and join a supportive network that provides the resources necessary to help make the changes they seek in their own lives and in their community.
The program begins with a 16-week project-based internship at i.c.stars’ learning studio, and continues with a 20-month residency program combining professional development, mentoring and continuing access to wrap around support.
With more than 300 learning objectives and 1,000 hours of hands-on practical business experience, interns gain expertise in both ‘hard skills’ and ‘soft skills’, and experience working with industry partners.
The projects incorporate a leadership focus and lectures designed to build emotional intelligence and a reflective awareness of social contexts. Participants develop three primary competencies—gift giving and receiving, communication, and meta-cognition—that will enable them to be more effective in serving their communities, clients and employers.
- Two year program begins with an intensive, 16-week paid internship,
- Project-based learning builds leadership skills and emotional intelligence
- 24 prior learning credit hours with a higher education institution partner