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Tough backgrounds make young adults an asset, not a liability, in Chicago tech training program i.c. stars

August 19, 2015, Martha Ross and Carolyn Gatz

Jeremy is a technical director at Microsoft in Chicago, earning a good salary with eight years of seniority and success at the company. But unlike the typical young corporate professional, Jeremy (not his real name for privacy reasons) doesn’t have an MBA or even a bachelor’s degree. Instead, Jeremy is a graduate of i.c. stars, a two-year Chicago-based information technology program that rewrites the rules on training programs aimed at low-income young adults.

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