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Creating IT Futures Foundation Contributes $100,000 to Genesys Works -- Chicago

Major grant from philanthropic arm of CompTIA will help establish comprehensive alumni program

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, has awarded Genesys Works – Chicago with a $100,000 grant to establish a more comprehensive alumni program.

With a mission to help populations that are under-represented in information technology (IT) and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure, and be successful in IT careers, the Creating IT Futures Foundation supports and shares best practices with organizations that have been successful in IT workforce development.

The foundation recognizes the success of Genesys Works' signature program – training and preparing high school seniors for certifications in IT and placement in year-long meaningful internships at some of Chicago's top corporations.

"We truly believe that information technology offers an upwardly mobile career to young people like few fields can," said Charles Eaton, chief executive officer of the Creating IT Futures Foundation. "Genesys Works – Chicago is creating amazing outcomes with its students. We want to help solidify their students' foothold in IT with a robust alumni program."

With the support of the Creating IT Futures Foundation, Genesys Works – Chicago will enhance the services provided to its alumni by bringing a dedicated alumni coordinator onto its staff and assisting alumni in securing additional technical certifications.

Eric Patton, executive director of Genesys Works – Chicago, stated, "We are thrilled to continue our relationship with CompTIA and the Creating IT Futures Foundation. This grant comes at a critical time for Genesys Works – Chicago. It will enable us to greatly enhance the services provided to our alumni and push them towards greater success."

About the Creating IT Futures Foundation
Founded in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, the Creating IT Futures Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of helping populations under-represented in IT and individuals who lack opportunity to prepare for, secure, and be successful in IT careers. Learn more at http://www.creatingitfutures.org.

About Genesys Works – Chicago
Genesys Works - Chicago changes the life trajectory of underprivileged high school students in the Chicago area by enabling them to work in meaningful, paid internships at major corporations during their senior year of high school. Over the past three years, Genesys Works - Chicago has partnered with local high schools providing over 200 students with the knowledge and experience needed to create long-term career goals and set plans to pursue and achieve them. Learn more at: www.genesysworks.org/chicago.

SOURCE Creating IT Futures Foundation

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