Illinois Technology Foundation Celebrates Fifty for the Future® Awardees
Over 200 people gathered last night at the Chicago Cultural Center to celebrate the Illinois Technology Foundation’s 2013 Fifty for the Future® awards. Students interested in information technology were recognized by the technology community for being exceptional standouts at their schools.
Fifty college students representing 15 different colleges/universities and 10 high school students representing six different high schools received the awards. In addition to receiving a recognition plaque, each student and their nominating faculty received a $1,000 training scholarship from Directions Training.
Mark Griesbaum, senior vice president and COO from TCS Education System delivered the keynote presentation, and encouraged the students to develop a personal philosophy for success and to always remain relevant by being “lifetime learners”.
Jennifer Didier, president of Directions Training followed Mr. Griesbaum and shared with students the value of industry certifications and a focus on maintaining their technical and business skills.
The evening wrapped up with a cocktail reception.
Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners.
|Safia||Abdalla||Northside College Prep High School|
|Zeina||Abdul Samad||Illinois Institute of Technology|
|Maxim||Agaronov||Morris Graduate School of Management|
|Ayesha||Ahmed||Oakton Community College|
|Patrick||Andrade||Northside College Prep|
|Edgar||Barron||Benito Juarez Community Academy|
|Sharaka||Berry||George Westinghouse College Prep|
|Ali||Bhujwala||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Cary||Child||Morris Graduate School of Management|
|Tyler||Crane||Robert Morris University|
|Recep||Dereli||Wilbur Wright College|
|Doug||DiChiara||Morris Graduate School of Management|
|Jimmy||Dover Jr.||George Westinghouse College Prep|
|Christopher||Durham||Illinois State University|
|Najib||El Tecle||Northwestern University|
|Matthew||Galloway||Notre Dame College Prep|
|Rachel||Harsley||University of Illinois at Chicago|
|McClinton||Hoover||Governors State University|
|Guadalupe||Huerta||Lindblom Math and Science Academy|
|Scott||Krieder||Illinois Institute of Technology|
|Raymond||Laureano||Robert Morris University|
|Marco||Maggioni||University of Illinois at Chicago|
|Athena||Mascarenhas||Loyola University Chicago|
|Victor||Mateevitsi||University of Illinois at Chicago|
|Trushitha||Narla||Northside College Preparatory High School|
|Joseph||Ponton||Governors State University|
|Kimberly||Poole||Governors State University|
|Gina||Richard||Governors State University|
|Tara||Smith||Barrington High School|
|Victoria||Spencer||George Westinghouse College Prep|
|Tom||Targosz||Moraine Valley Community College|
|Eric||Tendian||Illinois Institute of Technology|
|Nisarg||Thakkar||College of DuPage|
|Mario||Vankinscott||Morris Graduate School of Management|
|Juan||Vasquez Jr.||Lewis University|
|Abril||Vela||Northside College Prep|
About the Illinois Technology Foundation:
The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the development of the technology pipeline in the State of Illinois.
ITF is a grassroots organization with over 300 passionate volunteers that are focused on developing and retaining the best IT talent and leadership in Illinois by bringing real-world career opportunities to the classroom. In doing this, we enrich the careers of students by helping them find meaningful employment that allows them to pursue their technical aspirations and make valuable contributions to their employers.
ITF focuses on three core areas:
- Working with k-12 students, encouraging them to pursue a career in technology
- Assisting college students in the transition from academia to industry
- Supporting corporations (hiring community) in the continuous development of their technology staff.