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Chapter 50 – Nate’s Tale: From Technician to Technologist
February 22, 2021

Revisit the “Technologist Triumph” of Nate Perkins, a graduate of IT-Ready Technical Support training from the CompTIA Tech Career Academy. Hear how Nate’s decision to pursue certified tech skills – such as CompTIA’s A+ certification – has...

Episode 45 – Talking CompTIA Tech: How IT-Ready Fills Tech Jobs Faster by Disrupting the Traditional Education Track
February 17, 2021

Is pursuing a typical technical education– first high school STEM, next college computer science, then off to the workforce – the best way to fill hundreds of thousands of technology positions available in today’s job market? Not if you want to...

Chapter 49 –A Tale of Two Partners: How Verizon & Workday Support Creating IT Futures
February 05, 2021

How are relationships between Creating IT Futures and our philanthropic partners holistic and integrated? This chapter offers two prime examples: Verizon Foundation and Workday Foundation. Listen as Jeff Lareau, manager, strategic partnerships, and...

Episode 44 – Talking Tech Jobs: Why Today’s Career Changers with Service Skills Can Find Opportunities Working in Tech
January 28, 2021

Why are service-industry workers ideal candidates for entry-level positions working with technology? Because service is about listening, then helping others meet needs and solve problems. Same applies to the IT Help Desk. But are enough tech positions...

Episode 43 – Talking about Partners: How Do Volunteers, Donors, Funders & Sponsors Work with Creating IT Futures
January 15, 2021

How are the people that work with Creating IT Futures like chickens? For answers to that amusing riddle, listen as Jeff Lareau, manager, strategic partnerships, and Alicia Park, national outreach manager for TechGirlz, describe how they develop and...

Chapter 48 –Maddy’s Tale: All 5 Traits of a Technologist in One Tech Pro
January 04, 2021

Creating IT Futures CEO Charles Eaton’s five core traits of a technologist broaden the understanding of working with technology beyond the restrictions of technical considerations. Still, finding a tech pro that exemplifies all five qualities of a...

Chapter 47 – Sidebar: How CompTIA Tech’s Custom Training Team Collaborates with Workforce Boards to Serve Your Community
December 23, 2020

In this Technologist Tales sidebar edition, leaders from workforce boards in Texas and Missouri tell their custom training tales. Hear how collaborative relationships with the Custom Training team at CompTIA Tech Career Academy help military...

Chapter 46 – Sidebar: How CompTIA Tech’s Custom Training Reskills Workers as Technologists
December 22, 2020

In this Technologist Tales sidebar edition, Mark Plunkett and Jason Mangold from the Custom Training team at CompTIA Tech Career Academy discuss reskilling and upskilling our nation’s workforce for the tech jobs of the future. The key?...

Episode 42 – Talking with Partners: How TEKsystems Works with Creating IT Futures
December 18, 2020

In appreciation for the donors, sponsors and volunteers who have made the Creating IT Futures mission possible this year – and every year – we share a conversation between Colleen Crino, our chief development officer, and Franklin Reed, director...

Chapter 45 – Technologist Triumphs: 3 CompTIA Tech Graduates Share Career Success Tales
December 11, 2020

Listen as three graduates of the IT-Ready Technical Support program from CompTIA Tech Career Academy share stories about launching successful tech careers with help desk training. In each tale, jobs working with technology have provided continuing...