Graduate success stories
Victor Chege - Creating IT Futures - IT Ready
New Service Desk Agent for the City of Minneapolis, Victor Chege is an immigrant from Kenya with an IT background. Upon arrival, he had a tough time getting into the IT industry in the US, and resorted to cleaning jobs to make ends meet. He decided to enroll in an IT training institute that went bankrupt mid-way through his training, and left the program without the money he had invested so far. Then he learned about the Creating IT Futures Foundation’s IT Ready program – a free, eight-week training program that offers the technical and professional skills that prepares individuals for a CompTIA A+ certification and a successful on ramp into the IT industry. Successful graduates are connected to employers for a 6-month paid work experience opportunity or full time employment. Alumni are also eligible for additional free online training and certifications. He thought it sounded too good to be true, but decided to apply. He was accepted into the program and graduated at the top of his class. Upon completion, he landed an IT Service Desk Agent job with the City of Minneapolis and is thrilled to be part of the team. Victor is already pursuing additional IT training and certifications.
Chelsea Okey - PRIME Digital Academy
Chelsea Okey is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is a U.S. Army veteran. Seeking a career change, Chelsea debated going back to school for computer science but chose to attend PRIME Digital Academy, an 18-week computer programming course, because of the relevant skills she would learn in addition to its short length and affordability. Now a software engineer at the Minneapolis-based company SmartThings, she recognizes PRIME for preparing her for the fast pace of the tech industry and giving her a foot in the door to a career that fit her goals. While technology is an evolving industry, Chelsea states that more diversity is necessary to bring new ideas, and build stronger end-products. One of PRIME’s greatest benefits is the opportunity it gives those from non-technology backgrounds to be a part of the field.
Chad Rehm – The Software Guild
Chad Rehm was a Tool Designer looking to make a change to a more fulfilling career. He saw an exciting opportunity to enter the software development industry by completing a full-time, fully immersive, 12 week Web Development training course through the Software Guild. After further research, he knew this was just the program he was looking for to help him gain the necessary skills to successfully enter the software development industry as a junior software developer. Not only did Chad gain the relevant technical skills needed to attract potential employers, but was also given soft skills training through one-on-one resume reviews, mock interviews from top recruiters and multiple interviews with employers that were actively seeking to fill entry level software development positions. Chad was able to secure a great job as a Web Developer/Consultant for Kinetic Data in Saint Paul MN, within weeks of graduating. He found that the education and experiences he gained from the Software Guild prepared him with the confidence and skills needed to be a world class beginner.