Creating IT Futures believes strongly in collaboration to achieve shared goals.
In 2013, we began working with the New York based workforce development nonprofit Per Scholas to deliver the IT-Ready program in Ohio. They added the National Capital Region in 2014, Dallas in 2015, and Atlanta in 2016. We are proud to work closely with Per Scholas, which was named a Top 100 Nonprofit by the Social Impact Exchange.
In December 2015, Creating IT Futures partnered with Techtonic Academy, a division of Boulder-based Techtonic Group
, to provide training and apprenticeships in software development. Traditional paths to training — like universities, community colleges or software training “bootcamps” — are not viable for those needing full-time employment or who cannot afford tuition or fees. Techtonic Academy doesn’t charge for training, and those accepted are paid a salary while they work side-by-side with senior developers to gain coding experience.
In Minnesota, we've expanded our existing IT-Ready program with the help of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis, which has served the area with innovative poverty-relief programs for more than 100 years. The IT Pathways debuted in late 2013 to help individuals improve their literacy and digital skills before applying for an IT workforce development program:
- IT Pathways helps unemployed or under-employed people improve reading and math skills before they embark upon formal IT training. The curriculum is geared toward improving performance on the TABE test, one of the screening tools used for the IT-Ready program. Participants meet half a day, once a week, to practice reading and math skills, after which they are encouraged to apply for IT-Ready or other job training and placement programs.
- IT Pathways increases personal effectiveness, improves job readiness and facilitates networking and job search skills for individuals with IT credentials or hands-on experience. The program develops professional soft skills and offers job-search assistance intended to help build focus and confidence.
If you’d like to participate in IT Pathways, contact Margie Earhart
, Career and Community Services Director, JFCS.
We would welcome involvement from other groups in helping us change more individuals' lives for the better. If you’d like to get involved in a meaningful way, email Andrea McMillian
, Manager, Workforce Strategy and Innovation.