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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, 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 1,000 students have graduated and more than 80% go on to full-time IT jobs. In June 2015, we expanded the program to the IT-Ready Network, looking to branch out nationwide.

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

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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 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!!