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ITF Accepted into NCWIT’s Affinity Group Alliance

ITF has been accepted into the NCWIT’s Affinity Group Alliance. The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women’s participation in technology and computing. NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial …

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How Will You Celebrate Computer Science Education Week?

Today we honor and celebrate a great visionary in the computing world – Admiral Grace Murray Hopper – as part of CSEdWeek, which always takes place during the week of her birthday (December 9, 1906). Admiral Hopper was a pioneer computer scientist who paved the way for men and women everywhere interested in this ever-expanding field. The impact of Hopper’s …

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2013 IT salaries: 15 titles getting the biggest pay raises

By Ann Bednarz, Network World November 07, 2012 03:59 PM ET Certain IT titles will be getting sizable salary hikes, according to data from recruiting and staffing specialist Robert Half Technology. At the top of the heap, based on percentage gains, are mobile application developers andwireless network engineers, who can expect a 9% and 7.9% increase in starting salaries, respectively, RHT reports. The firm examined …

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Jennifer Didier, President Directions Training Joins ITF Board

Jennifer Didier, president of Directions Training has agreed to serve on the board of the Illinois Technology Foundation. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the training industry. Her focus is on the certification of IT professionals, specifically in the corporate market. Under her leadership, Directions Training has grown over 50% per year over the past 5 years. She will bring …

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Mesirow Financial Supports Illinois Future Technology Leaders

The Illinois Technology Foundation would like to thank Mesirow Financial for their support of future information technology leaders in Illinois. Peter Nagle, chief information officer for Mesirow Financial, has been a stanch supporter of the efforts of the Foundation and has personally encouraged his staff to get involved in its activities. Spearheading that effort is Kevin Sapp, senior vice president …

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Chicago Sun Times Ranks Top 50 High Schools in IL – CPS Northside College Prep #1

The Chicago Sun-Times bases its exclusive rankings of schools on average scores on state achievement tests. Chicago Public Schools take 4 of the top 10 spots. New Tier Township ranked number one school in the suburbs. Read More Statewide rank School City Percentile 1 Northside College Preparatory* Chicago 92.49 2 Young Magnet * Chicago 87.51 3 Payton College Preparatory* Chicago 87.41 …

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New 2012 fall mentoring session scheduled!

Visit the ITF “Mentorship Program” page to learn more and sign up!

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Tackling the tech gender gap by teaching girls to code

Computer programming seemed like alphabet soup to Keautishay Young when she was a freshman.  But after four years at Chicago Tech Academy, she can rattle off half a dozen programming languages she’s comfortable working in. Read More

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U.S. tech workers by the numbers

Median earnings for computer and math jobs rose 2.8% between 2010 and 2011 By Sharon Machlis The percent of tech workers in the American workforce stayed constant from 2010 to 2011 at 5.2%, with a margin of error at 0.1%. Read More

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Illinois Technology Foundation To Be Presented With Donation at Tigerpaw National Conference Sept 27th

Tigerpaw is honored to provide not only a forum for MSP Partners to present their $5,000 donation to the Creating IT Futures Foundation, but also to sponsor three IT student’s attendance at the Tigerpaw National Conference in Chicago. The donation will be presented to these students, Blake Fraher, Erik Miller, and Josh McWilliams, who will be attending as guests of …

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