Announcing the May Connect Chicago Meetup: IT Career Training with the Center for Changing Lives

Our next Meetup will feature the Center for Changing Lives and their new IT Career Preparation Program. This program takes participants on a learning pathway from basic digital skills to job preparation in the information technology field.

The Connect Chicago community will learn about this program, hear about the program’s progress and lessons learned, and have a larger discussion about IT training prerequisites and digital skill learning pathways in Chicago. Lunch will be served. Join us!

Event: Center for Changing Lives’ IT Career Preparation Program

Where: The Chicago Community Trust

When: Wednesday, May 25th from 11am to 1pm

Come join a cross-sector discussion on IT training. Come meet and network with computer trainers, nonprofit professionals, and fellow residents who care about the digital lives of Chicagoans. Our special guests will include the coaches, instructors, and students from the Center for Changing Lives.  RSVP at this link.

Mayor Omar

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Omar Damacela, the Digital Literacy Coach for the Center for Changing Lives, at the Connect Chicago Launch on April 16th

About the IT Preparation Program

According to their flyer:

“Center for Changing Lives’ Information Technology Career Preparation Program is designed to support you in setting and achieving your IT employment goals through comprehensive training in career-readiness, foundational computer science and digital literacy skills, and CompTIA A+ Certification. After completing this 32-week program, you will be ready to enter the IT field as a Help Desk Associate, Installation Technician, and User SupportTechnician – jobs starting at $13-$15 per hour.”


About The Center for Changing Lives


“Key Coaching Points” – tips we saw on the wall of the Center for Changing Lives during a site visit.

The Center for Changing Lives (CCL) is a LISC Chicago Financial Opportunity Center. CCL partners with participants to uncover possibilities, overcome barriers, and realize their potential. Its work includes coaching on financial, employment and resource mobilization goals that enhance lives, training and skill enhancement opportunities, and advocacy and organizing on economic policy and practices that open up opportunities and resources.