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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Children & Youth, Education, Job Training, Youth Development - Business

Mission: The IT industry needs more workers — and more workers need more opportunities. As the leading charity of CompTIA, the world’s largest IT industry association, Creating IT Futures is taking on this workforce challenge through research, program development and partnering. We create on-ramps for more people to prepare for, secure and succeed in IT careers. We particularly encourage an IT path for populations that traditionally have been under-represented in the information technology workforce, such as women and ethnic minorities.

Results: Our flagship program, IT-Ready Technical Support, launched in 2012 in Minnesota and Ohio. In Minnesota alone, more than 60 employers have signed on to hire IT-Ready graduates and all of the employers that signed on in 2012 are still hiring our graduates today. Since IT-Ready began, more than 1,500 students have graduated and more than 80% go on to full-time IT jobs. In 2015, we expanded the program nationwide and currently have classes operating in several cities.

Target demographics: under-represented populations

Geographic areas served: The United States

Programs: providing training and certification to under-represented populations in the IT workforce.

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started training with the Creating IT Futures ITReady program in the winter of 2015. Before I was accepted into the program I was bouncing around from dead end jobs for 10 years and could not get a good stable 40 hour a week job. The ITReady program seemed to good to be true but with some pressure from my girlfriend I applied and made it. Since completing the program and getting my A+ certification I have been doing great. They got me a paid internship and paid for my training and certs for my Network +, Security + and Server +. I now have a great career in IT working with a local government and constantly going up. Usually they say if something is too good to be true, in this case that does not apply. This program really changes lives and the fact that it is free is amazing. I will be a lifetime donor to this organization.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I advised Creating IT Futures when they created a pilot IT-Ready training class in Philadelphia. There were about 25 adults in class learning IT for the first time. The students were incredibly receptive to the teacher and getting into tech as a career. Creating IT Futures did a great job in instructing the students and helping them land jobs upon graduation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I saw Creating IT Futures' work first-hand in Chicago with a local scouts event to get girls interested in STEM. Creating IT Futures staff set up tech displays and activities for the girls and were incredibly patient with helping them learn more about tech and get interested in pursing tech in school.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with one participant in Creating IT Futures' program who originally took their IT-Ready training and later became a volunteer for their TechGirlz program. She was amazing and really blossomed in her career -- not just in launching a tech career from scratch but then paying it forward to help other women learn about tech.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Creating IT Futures does amazing work to help adults succeed in IT jobs and to grow a diverse workforce. They also make a difference in the lives of girls, encouraging them to consider technology as a career. Great organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Creating IT Futures is a great program/service. I found IT Futures on an ad in the sidebar of Indeed while job searching. I decided to take the chance, although it sounded to good to be true. A free, 2-month program that gives you the skills to be successful and also pays for the certifications? Worst that could happen is I don't get selected. I was contacted by Ryan Withem about a week after I applied. After a zoom call, getting to know about the program, clerifying some questions I had, getting to know my background and what I was looking to gain from this program, we ended the call. A few days later, I was told that I was accepted.

In Sept 16, 2019, I started the program in San Diego. It was a great program, I had a great instructor in Scott Ford, I learned alot, met some great people, and we all supported each other. 2 months later, in November of 2019, the class had sucessfully graduated all 18 of us. I want to thank Creating IT Futures, Ryan Withem, and Scott Ford. The program is really a great way to get people into the field and get their career started. I hope that CITF spreads to more places throughout the States, as thereare many people who could benefit greatly from what it offers and need that first step.

Chawn J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started the IT ready program in October of 2019. It has without a doubt changed my life. Previous to my course with IT ready I was a server at a local restaurant here in Arizona. I was stuck at a job that did no challenge me and left me frustrated most nights. I decided to make a change and searched for opportunity until I came across IT ready. I was in a very unique position given the pandemic. I started working in the IT field a month before we were informed of the Wuhan Virus. Once the virus spread to the United States many people were unemployed and this was almost a guaranteed fact in the service industry. With my certification from IT ready I was able to obtain a IT job that allowed me to work from home, something that could not be done as a server. Not only is IT recession proof but I have just found out that it is Pandemic proof as well. I owe all of this to the IT ready program and great Teachers and staff!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Creating It Futures Foundation has given me more than anything I've ever dreamed of. Ryan Withem is a really great manager. He was able to perfectly organize the educational process. I got the CompTIA A+ certified and, I was very proud of it. This was my first certificate in America. Now I am a volunteer at the library and study Computer Science at college. The IT Ready gave me the opportunity to start a new life. Believe me, it is very difficult at the age of 57.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Creating IT Futures helped me get my foot in the door and my first position in the world of Information Technology. I’ve been in my current position now as a Systems Support Analyst I in the financial industry for going onto two years. I can honestly say that without the opportunity they afforded me I wouldn’t have gotten here.

They took the time and provided me resources to learn and progress towards the CompTIA A+ certification. They also got me in touch with technical recruiters who placed me in the position I’m in now.

It’s been an amazing journey and I owe everything to everyone who invested in me at Creating IT Futures

Kyle L.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a retire Navy veteran looking to transition out of retirement into an IT career. After retirement, I was lucky enough to be able to spend time with both of my kids from elementary school to college. I have volunteered as Boy Scout leader and mentor for robotics team competing in First Tech Challenge through firstinspire.org. I also have the opportunity to attend all their sporting events from, cross-country run to mountain biking. Prior to attending IT Ready class, I was actively work as substitute teacher; however, technology was always my choice of a new challenging career. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to obtain my first CompTIA A+ certification after 3 months of in person full time class. The entire process was professional managed with qualified trainer and mentor. Bravo Zulu for all the staff in Creating IT Futures and IT Ready.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a class from Creating IT Futures. It was focusing on teaching the concepts in the CompTIA A+ exam, with the intention to eventually pass the exam of course. It was all completely free. When typically, you're looking at hundreds to do the same thing. The staff they'd hired for the job were a perfect fit, and it was definitely a memorable experience. I'm now A+ certified and in the process of putting that to use! I'd recommend looking into Creating IT Futures to anyone interesting in getting their foot in the door in the IT industry.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been almost a year since my last review.

During the time that has passed, I have seen numerous students simply needing an opportunity to begin a career in IT transition to roles they could only hope for prior to applying to Creating IT Futures' IT-Ready program.

Of course, these students' success stories need employers willing to provide them with an opportunity and seeing many of them reconsider their recruiting practices and hiring requirements for entry-level roles within the industry is equally wonderful.

IT-Ready provides job seekers, employers, as well as community-based organizations with a solution to their IT needs and is quickly becoming a known-entity in the greater Chicago area because of its quick successes!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have the privilege of being a part of this wonderful organization that is truly devoted to its students both in and out of the classroom.

Whether it is supporting students in IT-Ready or those at colleges and universities with large percentages of underrepresented students, creating on-ramps for those who have never had opportunities to pursue upwardly-mobile and family-sustaining careers inspires all of us to do all we can to begin narrowing the skills gap within the industry.

1 iloveyou

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to be part of Creating IT Futures when we launched the first IT-Ready class in MSP in Spring 2012. Over 7 years later, I can't believe how much it has grown, to more than a half dozen cities and to include a population of Wounded Warriors thanks to the partnership with Cognizant. My colleagues who work with this program have the students in mind and are singularly focused on doing everything they can to facilitate our graduates receiving their first job in the IT field. I'm continually awed and impressed by what our staff and students together achieve.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The individuals at Creating IT Futures have their hearts and heads in the right place. They care much more about BEING effective than SEEMING effective. That's why the lives they touch are changed for the better. Definitely an organization you can feel good supporting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

am proud to say I work for Creating IT Futures and am honored to be a part of a great team with professionals that I can learn from and that they will push me to take on new and challenging opportunities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I became involved with Creating IT Futures while searching for a new member of our Tech Support team. They prepare candidates with both the technical and soft skills candidates need to get their next job. As an employer I was invited to participate in mock interviews, resumes and discuss networking opportunities, become part of the community. I've hired one graduate and look to the organization for other candidates for myself and other companies I know who may be hiring. In a tight job market it can be difficult to stand out for candidates as well as vet the overall qualities of a potential employee - Creating IT Futures takes care of both.

1 Santiago D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came across the Creating IT Futures course on Indeed.com, and applied to be in their first ever Phoenix area class. I was always interested in computers and technology, but I hadn't considered it as a career pathway prior to this. After completing the 2 months, and getting my A+ certification, I felt a lot more knowledgeable and confident about general computer upkeep, and I look forward to working in this field. I recommend this opportunity to anyone who wishes to learn more about the world of information technology as a career pathway.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Creating IT Futures is an excellent organization that pays attention to the needs of the student and to business resulting in a congruency between the stakeholder's objectives. That is a refreshing characteristic in an education program as businesses are linked with the next ready to work employee. I am consistently impressed with the program and staff here in Phoenix.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Creating IT Futures on a training program as a fellow, this was a perfect match for me because I run a similar project in Uganda, later on, I realized that my project has done a good job to introduce tech to rural students but in the end has left them with no clear career path. Creating IT Futures has given me the opportunity to learn from industry experts and hear stories of impacts from their graduates who get both skills and job search support from Creating IT Futures team, this is now shaping how we shall deliver our tech projects in Uganda with effect from 2020.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Creating IT Futures is a Great program. It opened many doors for me immediately upon graduation. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting and learning with individuals who had a variety of skill-sets and life experiences.

The networking and employment preparation helped me engage with employers in a prepared manner. Understanding the importance of culture fits and developing much needed soft-skills was the tipping point when negotiating/navigating offers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Creating IT Futures is truly changing folks lives for the better with the work they are doing. From the efforts of Tech Girlz empowering young adults to take a step into a STEM career, to IT Ready, helping adults take the first, or next, step into their IT careers Creating IT Future and their collection of programs is really making a difference in the economic well being of individuals and families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't describe how grateful I am to this course. I was accepted and from day one I knew that the teacher, advisors, and manager cared deeply about our success. We were given the opportunity to meet future employers, received help with our resumes, had mock interviews, recruiters meeting us to help with employment, and so much more. The course is fast paced and anyone looking to get their foot in the door in IT, there is no better opportunity than this. Thanks to this company I was able to secure a career in IT within a month of graduation and get hands on experience I couldn't have gotten by myself with self-study.

1 Celine D.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been working with Creating IT Futures to help them create and distribute materials like their book and podcasts. They have been consistently dedicated to creating accessible tools, and are passionate about developing the best resources to support young people interested in tech careers. My work with their podcast program has given me the privilege of recording and listening to many interviews with Charles Eaton, the CEO. His in-depth knowledge of the challenges Creating IT Futures attempts to mitigate, and his creativity in addressing them never ceases to amaze me. It is a pleasure to help Creating IT Futures create!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Creating IT Futures is doing wonderful work to support and build the talent pipeline for professionals in IT!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Creating IT Futures has a huge impact on the lives of the people it serves. I have personally seen the effect on individuals and families. The mission of helping people who lack access gain the tools they need to be successful in the IT industry was what inspired me to get more involved - a decision that I have never regretted.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked for Creating IT Futures for 4 years. In that time, we've help hundreds of unemployed, underemployed, and/or underrepresented individuals kick start their careers in IT. Having worked in workforce development for 10 years, this program is far and away the best IT training program that I've seen, and our reach only continues to expand. Since I've started, we've expanded our permanent presence to Portland and Charlotte, and we're planning to expand further to Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, and Chicago in 2019.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Creating IT Futures Foundation has helped many IT students get on track for an excellent career in IT.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Staffer here. I've been a member of the CITF team for the past five years and am still blown away by our students and our team. We take our mission very seriously and have grown tremendously in the past few years. Still, our number one priority remains our students and making sure we are providing best-in-class training and quality career preparation programs. It's a privilege to witness our students achieve their personal goals and create lasting positive results. I'm proud of the work we do and the integrity of our team and executive staff. I look forward to our continued growth and ability to help more people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped out in class and got to meet this great graduate, Isiah Rafos. He had a medical discharge from the military and his dream of serving was crushed with his injury. He found IT-Ready and within a few months had a new job and career. https://www.creatingitfutures.org/resources/blog/creating-it-futures/2018/10/10/lighting-a-fire-under-a-new-career

1 Chad G.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It’s been extremely influential watching students go through the program. There are countless life changing story these students share. Reflecting the amount of value given to students for new opportunities. I love what IT Ready is doing, keep booming!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Creating IT Futures does great work! They give insightful information to employers so that they can hire more people in need of a job. See the IT-Ready employer breakfast they held earlier this month: https://www.creatingitfutures.org/resources/blog/creating-it-futures/2018/10/15/keep-the-diverse-in-it

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Donor

Rating: 5

I attended the graduation of IT-Ready's first class of students in Charlotte. More than 800 people applied for the 8-week tech training program. Creating IT Futures selected 175 for in-person interviews and testing. A lucky 26 were offered spots in the program, and with the strict attendance policy enforced for the class, 23 made it to graduation. Eighteen of the 23 had earned their CompTIA A+ certification by their graduation, and the other five were expected to pass their certification shortly.

Graduate James Imes said he knew if he could get into the class, his life would change. “I love to read, learn and teach. Sometimes I would drive 50 miles to class and arrive with E on my gas tank, because I know if I could get here, I would be alright. This class became my support system,” said Imes.

Graduate Barbara Stephens recognized IT-Ready as a “once in a lifetime opportunity that could catapult her to the next level.”

“On the first day of class, I saw the other students as competition. Now I see us as a family and a community,” said graduate William Tolliver. “We all made these bonds in class and we’ll carry them with us forever.”

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My company has done work with Creating IT Futures, and I've heard so many wonderful success stories from graduates of the programs. CITF does a great job reaching people who are underemployed and helping them reach their potential. It's inspiring to see how lives are being changed!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked for a number of non-profits over the years, and all of them had something to be said for their mission. But none are as driven as Creating IT Futures. Bringing IT careers to people changes individual lives, families, and communities. Creating IT Futures is expanding in order to make sure that worthy individuals in more cities can find their stride and get the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Just read some of the success stories on this website. These are just a fraction of the hundreds of people that Creating IT Futures have transformed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization, they not only helped financially, they provided the structure and support needed to get into and make progress in the IT field.

They made available to us so many resources and still continue to offer support even after we were done with the program.


Thanks so much CITF, your efforts are much appreciated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started training with the Creating IT Futures ITReady program in the winter of 2015. Before I was accepted into the program I was bouncing around from dead end jobs for 10 years and could not get a good stable 40 hour a week job. The ITReady program seemed to good to be true but with some pressure from my girlfriend I applied and made it. Since completing the program and getting my A+ certification I have been doing great. They got me a paid internship and paid for my training and certs for my Network +, Security + and Server +. I now have a great career in IT working with a local government and constantly going up. Usually they say if something is too good to be true, in this case that does not apply. This program really changes lives and the fact that it is free is amazing. I will be a lifetime donor to this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CreatingitFutures help me to find a passion in IT I never knew I had. They helped my find a career in IT that has been rewarding both financially and personally. It is hard to think of where I was a year and a half ago before starting the program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with dozens of graduates of this nonprofit's signature IT-Ready tech career training program, and lives literally are being changed for the better because of it. Folks who have been chronically under- or unemployed for years, through no fault of their own, are learning IT skills that allow them to secure positions that pay family-sustaining wages and offer the potential for advancement.

Donor

Rating: 5

I attended the most recent IT-Ready Minneapolis / St. Paul graduation (Edina class, Summer 2017), hosted by Creating IT Futures. By the time of graduation, 5 out of the 15 students had already passed their CompTIA A+ exam. The remaining students were set to test over the following week.

Graduate and so-called "computer nerd" and gamer Hunter Geidl said the program "gave me a chance to expand on that interest and gain knowledge through everyone involved with the program. It brought us all here to learn together, grow together, and connect together.”

Graduate Tounang Her echoed Geidl’s sentiments when he said, "I fed off the enthusiasm, hunger to learn, and determination to finish this program from my classmates. They helped create a positive environment.”

Daniel Heu said to his fellow graduates, “This gives us a sense of validation. We all had the capabilities to finish this program. I believe that everyone here is going to be the next great CompTIA A+ certified technician.”

Donor

Rating: 5

This summer, SLO County Office of Education, SLO Partners and Creating IT Futures embarked on a new career training and apprenticeship program to grow the tech workforce in the greater San Luis Obispo area of California.

With hundreds of applicants for 50 spots in the program, the three partners first launched two classes of Creating IT Futures’ IT-Ready career program. Each class trained toward CompTIA A+ certification. Plus, these two classes were underwritten by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, so that each student received a stipend of $70 a day – a first for any IT-Ready program. The SLO County Office of Education was awarded funding through the California Apprenticeship Initiative.

After eight weeks of training, the first cohort graduated in September. Seventy percent of the students moved forward into the paid apprenticeship part of the program, with about half learning IT networking and security and the other half learning about software testing for six weeks. The apprentices then will begin a year of salaried, on-the-job training with local employers. The other 30 percent of the students were introduced to local employers for immediate job openings.

During the graduation, Amy Kardel, president and co-founder of Clever Ducks, a managed IT services provider based in San Luis Obispo, and chair of CompTIA, told the students, “If there’s a will, there’s a way. This industry allows you to learn every day. Welcome to our tech community.”

Graduate Madeline Gorge, who’s moving onto the networking and security apprenticeship track, remarked, “This class could have become a competitive environment, but instead we helped each other get better.”

Graduate Elissa Murray, who’s moving along to the same track as Gorge, echoed her sentiments, “We all pitched in to make us successful.”

Several students remarked on how inspiring and dedicated their teachers were. “I’ve had a blast. I didn’t realize how fun education can be,” said graduate and future apprentice Kevin Tran.

Graduate Justin Rucker summed up the program as “this is like the golden ticket.”

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Vanessa Dalkha last year in IT-Ready, when she looked to return to the workforce as her daughter approached the end of 4th grade. After her IT-Ready graduation and getting her CompTIA A+ certification, she gained a job as an IT specialist with Hennepin County, the county government for Minneapolis. She tole me, “IT-Ready gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed to start a career that I hope will last for many years to come.”

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Creating IT Futures on its IT-Ready program and one of the students, John Amakye, graduated two years also and since then his career has flourished. Now an application programmer with the City of Minneapolis, John recently earned his 10th tech certification across a variety of tech fields including networking, security and software development. He told me, “Being in IT has made me financially independent and allowed me to carve a pathway for myself that is professionally rewarding. I owe quite a bit of this
to IT-Ready.”

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the students I worked with at Creating IT Futures recently told me her story of training with IT-Ready. Rashmi Bhattarai looked online for affordable IT programs where she could get that experience, and landed on IT-Ready, a free eight-week program that helps people get started in IT, earn entry-level technology certifications and find jobs right away.

“I felt like it was too good to be true,” she said. “I was really skeptical about having a job at the end of an eight-week course, and I was a little bit skeptical of the program. Eight weeks to learn CompTIA A+ material and two exams you have to pass? I don’t think so!”

Rashmi filled out an application, got an acceptance letter in the mail and was suddenly immersed in technology. She was studying with 25 other students, who quickly grew into a supportive group.

“IT-Ready created such a positive environment for the students to come in and learn and succeed that we wanted to help each other, no matter what level we were in,” she said.

Graduating from IT-Ready and passing the CompTIA A+ exam put Rashmi exactly where she wanted to be. “Now I have a paper that says I’m an IT technician, and now I can put this on my resume and I can move forward,” she said.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be associated with this organization. From inspiring our nation's youth to dream of a career in technology, to empowering adults with the training and tools they need to land fulfilling tech jobs, CITF is truly making a difference. I had the great honor of speaking at the graduation ceremonies of the Twin Cities first all women CITF class and was so moved by how their experience with CITF was transforming their lives. I met women who were homeless, some out of work for years, others finally pursuing their interest in tech. These women learned more than computer skills, and found more than a job. They learned a lot about themselves, and found their inner strength and confidence to handle and conquer any challenge and opportunity that came their way moving forward.
Every single individual on the the CITF team is exceptional. They are committed to their work and passionate about their mission. Technology is now driving virtually every industry It is the industry that quite possibly is having the greatest impact on our economy and society. The CITF team is working hard towards building a stronger and more diverse 21st Century technology workforce, helping the at risk and under-served realize lucrative careers - and experience the satisfaction and pride of being extremely productive members of society. I cannot say enough about all the good CITF is doing. Please considering donating today, offering internships to graduates of the IT Ready program or volunteering as a speaker. And make sure to let others know about the great work Creating IT Futures is doing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting Creating IT Futures for many years, and every year brings even more great stories and real world support. The combination of CompTIA, employer, and municipal support makes CITF a force to be reckoned with, and the innovation that's added on top makes for exciting times! The CEO really is a visionary, and he's built a team with a wide array of talents and focused passion for what they do.

Benjamin Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Creating It Futures Foundation has given me more than anything I've ever asked for. This program has opened the door for me and has prepared me for not only a job but a exciting career in Information Technology. The program itself was short (only 8 weeks) but during those 8 weeks I learned more about myself than any other type of schooling that I have been in before. The staff from top to bottom are genuinely interested in you as a person and they will give you the best advice possible. It is an amazing feeling to have been a part of this organization and I am confident that anyone who puts in 100% will only benefit from such a well organized program. Thank YOU Creating IT Future Foundation!

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a consultant, I have been involved in projects for the Creating IT Futures Foundation and its predecessor organization for more than a decade. So, I personally can vouch for the group's clarity of focus and dedication to progress. One need not look far or deep to see evidence of Creating IT Futures' impact. Just look at the faces of the people they help. See the energy unleashed. See the sparkle of success in the eyes of people with a new outlook on their careers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has worked with Creating IT Futures Foundation (CIFF) for the past two years and it was truly a privilege. In the last two years, CIFF has created hundreds of IT experiences and work-based learning opportunities to youth interested in STEM. They started an internship program for high school students from the ground up and also laid the groundwork for a dynamic mentor program. The CIFF team went above and beyond to connect CPS to the greater STEM community and supported our efforts to grow our STEM program. They are very passionate, professional and dedicated to bringing meaningful work to the table and of course, creating a lasting impact for our youth and the City of Chicago.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The IT Ready program has become our pipeline for new employees within our Service Desk or Desktop Support teams. We have employed 12 interns and have offered full-time employment to almost all of them. These candidates are appealing because in addition to arriving with a good base of technical knowledge; they have also been trained on soft skills and accountability. They are engaged, reliable and all have the desire to learn and grow within our organization. It's been a great partnership for us. - Becky Ryan, HealthPartners

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the honor to attend a graduation in MN for Creating IT Futures. CITF helped this class graduate passing various IT certification exams and jump start their career in tech. This class varied from those who had possibly taken the wrong career path to those simply struggling to find work and get out of their own predicament. At graduation, the class was emotional to have made it to graduation and grateful for the staff and their classmates that pushed them along the way. It was inspiring to hear about these 'students' hardships and struggles and how CITF, this program that sounded 'to good to be true', has given them hope and encouragement. I left encouraged not only by the students but also by the CITF staff that had worked tirelessly to help these students pass tests, find jobs and succeed in this demanding field all while creating an optimistic and nurturing atmosphere.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been working some warehouse position with what seemed like a road to no where. When I first heard about this IT-Ready Program by the Creating IT Futures Foundation I knew that this was something that I needed to pursue. I have been surrounded by individuals who they themselves are skilled with computer repair and troubleshooting, but they never shared it with me. It wasn't I started to talk with my brother in law that the Idea of a career in the IT industry soon sprouted in my mind. This was an industry that is only going to increase and a workforce that will need fresh minds and those with a willing attitude. The Program was certainly difficult, but the best things in life are not accomplished nor received without a bit of effort put forth. Although I currently do not hold an IT job, completing the program has enabled me to further my reach in jobs that i wasn't qualified for a year ago. Now, I can be considered a candidate for the IT industry, and i welcome what the future holds for me.

C Harrison J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best 8 week stints of my life, thanks to this organization. They put a lot into making this a good program. The staff is beyond good. They care about what they do and that energy rubs off on everyone. I was so blessed to be apart of this program. IT Ready for life!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Staff are extremely helpful, our instructor is the most knowledgeable person I know and is an amazing source to everything we are learning.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IT Ready offers a quality training experience for students looking to enter the IT field. The City of Minneapolis has hired IT ready graduates has been very happy with the skills and level of preparedness their graduates bring to the job.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I like to think that I am tech savvy but wow did Creating IT Futures Foundation prove me wrong. There was and is so much to IT that I can't even comprehend. I am grateful for the Creating IT Futures Foundation for giving me more knowledge and a chance to start my career in the IT field. Even though the class was only 2 months it was the most knowledgeable two months of my life. Thank you very much!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After having switched careers for nearly 9 years and now coming back to IT, it was difficult for me to figure out where to start. Whether it was resume building, networking, soft/tech skills, Creating IT Futures Foundation gave me the tools and confidence in preparing me for the next step in my career. I was able to land a job which opens the door to bigger things.

1 B X.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Creating IT Futures Foundation was nothing but professional and positive. Through their IT Ready program, I learned the skills and attained the certifications that gave me the job that I have today. The staff was always very helpful and were always looking for a way to assist in our experience while in the program. CITFF is one of the best non-profits I've come in contact with in all my years of volunteering and other non-profit experiences as well. Can't be more grateful.

1 Asia E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PrepareU program is a uniquely designed program to help IT techs understand how to tap into their soft skills in the work place. This program also helped IT techs find out their strengths and weaknesses to soft skills to be more productive in the workplace. Eric and Adam are awesome in teaching and guiding IT techs feel more confident in their selves in soft skills. People who felt they had no voice, had a voice to express their views of the workplace! They used different ways to get the students evolved into each lesson. This world needs more classes like PrepareU to make it a better workplace in the IT world!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

No kidding, what they taught at this program is very useful and beneficial. Make good use of it.

2 Nayyar K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I attended IT Futures when they first launched in May 2012. I was very skeptical of the program and wondered who these people are since this program sounded too good to be true.
I went in and applied anyways and was 1 of the 11 selected out of 240 applicants. We had a wonderful instructor and we successfully completed the program. They also helped me find a job, that I am still working at and love it every single day.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have supported CompTIA and its Creating IT Futures Foundation for years. They have assembled a great team that is truly interested in building the next generation of IT professionals. There is great opportunity right now and in the years ahead for individuals to fill the talent gap as baby boomers continue to exit the workforce. The Foundation is working hard to make that happen by partnering with organizations and schools in order to educate young professionals and teens on the great career opportunities in the technology industry. It's very satisfying to help an organization with their level of dedication and the ability to introduce people to rewarding new careers.

Dan G.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Creating IT Futures Foundation is an incredible program. It has completely turned around my job outlook and given me the skills and the credentials to have a bright future and successful career. I am so grateful to every one who makes the program a possibility, and especially to Kathy, Tom, Sue, Karin, and Nikki from Minnesota. They all genuinely care about their students and their success. I graduated the program on a Friday and the following Monday I had an incredible job offer. I knew this program would be valuable but it is far beyond what I expected and I owe so much to them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Creating IT Features, has been a life saver! I was in between jobs, and received a job offer with safellite, the same day I was accepted into the program. I decided not to go for the next job, and went for a career. One of the best decisions I've ever made. The instructor was phenomenal, the staff was supportive, and very helpful. Within a week of graduating IT Features, I received a three month contract offer from Delta. The contract was extended three more months. Now I have recently been promoted to another position with Delta.

Graduate of spring 2016

Thank you!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

IT ready has been a great source of qualified and ambitious talent. We have made many hires from the IT ready program. Employees come prepared to deal with the challenges of working within an IT company, from soft to hard skills, as well as fostering a great attitude towards personal growth. It gives an amazing opportunity for people to lift themselves out of a job and into a career path. Additionally, they are truly concerned with the success of their graduates and are very responsive to the changing needs of employers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Creating IT Futures Foundation's IT Ready program launched by career into the IT field at a time where I really needed a change. I was working in a field that did not fit me and wasn't going anywhere with it. One winter night I stumbled across IT Ready online and thought about it. I decided to enroll and got accepted into the program. Getting through was a challenge, but with enough discipline and dedication I was able to obtain my CompTIA A+ certification. Now I'm a much more desirable job candidate and am constantly contacted about various help desk roles. Enrolling through IT Ready was one of the best career decisions I made in my life. The program could go a little more in depth with hands on experience, but it really gives you a good background on computers and provides you all the necessary resources to start your career. I highly recommend it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had great success with people who have been through their program. A great source of candidates for us. Their people are well prepared to step into the corporate world. We look to IT Futures whenever we are about to hire.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great non-profit organization. Creating IT Futures had helped so many people who deserve a better career and better life. People in this organization are so dedicated and eager to help those who are in need. Kudos to all of them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be where I am today if not for the Creating IT Futures I.T. Ready Program. Before this program I had been unemployed for a few months, and before that, going from temporary position to temporary position, with no real career track. I jumped at the chance to join this class and learned a lot during it. The Creating IT Futures staff was supportive to me and to my classmates the whole way, and helped me land interviews after graduating from the program. I also was able to obtain two CompTIA certifications, all paid for by this program.

Now, I'm working for a major healthcare organization, just purchased my first house, and am making a salary that I never thought possible. I really do owe it all to I.T. Ready.

Thank you!
-Angela, I.T. Ready graduate 2013

Client Served

Rating: 4

We have been working with IT Futures for over 5 years, and have had tremendous success in hiring qualified, technical, employees. We turn to them first when looking to hire.