Are You Ready for a Career in IT?
We teach bright, motivated individuals who lack opportunity — free of charge — the technical and professional development skills needed to successfully secure work in information technology. These are just a few of the benefits after graduating from IT-Ready.
More Earning Potential
The average salary of an IT job in Illinois is 75% higher than the average state wage.
More than 30,000 tech jobs are open in Chicago.
By 2026, the number of IT jobs in Chicago will grow by 11%
With limited classroom space – and overwhelming demand – IT-Ready must be deliberate in its selection process, choosing motivated and interested candidates who are committed to success. The application process starts with these questions:
- Are you at least 18 years old?
- Are you a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant?
- Can you demonstrate financial need?
- Are you a high school graduate or do you have a GED?
- Do you have access to a computer with internet connection?
- Can you commit to eight weeks of unpaid training?
- Will you be open to full-time work following your training?
If you answered "yes" to these questions, we encourage you to apply.
|Class Type||CLASS STARTS||APPLICATIONS DUE|
|Technical Support||February 11, 2019||January 11, 2019 - Class graduated on April 5.|
|Technical Support||April 22, 2019||March 22, 2019 - Class graduated on June 14.|
|Technical Support||July 8, 2019||June 21, 2019 - Class graduated on August 30.|
|Technical Support||September 30, 2019||September 4, 2019 - Applications are now closed.|
Our classes are held at NEIU's El Centro Campus in the Avondale area of Chicago: 3390 N. Avondale Ave., Chicago, IL 60618.
Classes for 2020 will be announced in late fall 2019.
Program Overview & FAQs
Students who enroll in our classroom-based, 8-week IT-Ready Technical Support program learn technical skills to help them successfully pass both parts of the CompTIA A+ certification exam.
All IT-Ready students also receive targeted professional development to refine critical business skills, such as communication and presentation, conflict management, teamwork and collaboration, and critical thinking and problem solving. Graduates are prepared to apply both technical and professional skills starting Day One of their next job.
Q1How long does the class session last and how many people are in class?IT-Ready TS classes take place over eight weeks in a classroom environment with one instructor and up to 25 students. The instructor shares material in a lecture format, but leaves plenty of time for questions, group projects and one-on-one attention, as well as hands-on labs.
Q2How much does a class cost?
IT-Ready is underwritten by grants and financial donations, so that students can attend classes for free.
Q3How long does each class run and is it every day?
Classes are held five days a week, Monday through Friday, beginning promptly at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Students are required to be on time every day; the program allows only one absence and two tardies. Most classes run for 8 weeks.
Q4What materials do I need to take a class?
A pencil and paper to take notes are all you need for class. Textbooks and in-class computers are provided for students. However, students must dress as they would in an employment setting in “business casual” attire.
Q5What type of job can I expect to get after completing IT-Ready and where?
Within four months of graduating, 85% students are working in a paid IT role in local area companies. Technical support graduates move into help desk tech roles, building and maintaining a business’s IT environment and assisting its internal and external customers. IT-Ready students who pass their certification exams are eligible for a tech job paying up to $15/hour. IT-Ready graduates are effectively employees of that company on a temporary, contract, or full-time permanent basis. IT-Ready staff remain in touch with graduates to ensure all goes smoothly.
Alumni Career Support
Our IT-Ready alumni benefits encourage continued professional growth and development
The strong and supportive relationships we build with IT-Ready students don’t end upon their graduation and employment. IT-Ready provides alumni benefits that encourage continued professional growth and development – and offers ways alumni can “pay it forward” and help other deserving individuals.
IT-Ready graduates who pass the CompTIA A+ certification exams qualify for additional IT training and certification vouchers at no personal expense.
When Nicole R. Sain was laid off from a job that didn’t excite her, she saw it as a sign that working in the Information Technology (IT) field was where she should be. Now, having graduated from IT-Ready with CompTIA A+ certification, Sain says, “the employment opportunities are endless.”Read More
IT-Ready Employer Network
Chicago employers believe in IT-Ready students.
Creating IT Futures believes strongly in collaboration to achieve shared goals.