Edina, Minn., – To support tech workforce development in Minnesota, Atomic Data signed on as the first Platinum Mission Investor for Creating IT Futures. Atomic Data has been an employment partner with Creating IT Futures’ IT-Ready career program since 2013, having already hired nine IT-Ready graduates to diversify and expand its workforce. 

“As the need for tech-skilled employees explodes, programs like Creating IT Futures are an invaluable resource to the community and its businesses. Atomic Data has, and will continue to benefit from our relationship with Creating IT Futures through their well-trained graduates,” said Jim Wolford, co-owner and CEO, Atomic Data. 

Creating IT Futures leads its IT-Ready career program from its office in Edina, Minn. The program provides eight weeks of full-time technical and soft-skills training at no cost to participants, who are unemployed or under-employed individuals. Graduates then sit for the vendor-neutral CompTIA A+ certification exam. Certified graduates are placed into on-the-job work experiences with local employers. Since 2012, more than 300 Minnesotans have been trained and more than 90% of those certified graduates have found full-time IT jobs.

“We’re expanding our programs in Minnesota to help more people find new careers in IT. Last year we had five IT-Ready classes plus offered a new course, PrepareU, for entry-level IT pros,” said Sue Wallace, executive director, Minnesota, Creating IT Futures. “With Atomic Data’s support, along with other employers in Minnesota, we’ll continue to help Minnesota grow and diversify its tech workforce.”

About the Creating IT Futures 
Founded by CompTIA in 1998, Creating IT Futures is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of helping populations under-represented in the information technology industry and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers. Learn more at CreatingITFutures.org

About Atomic Data
Atomic Data is a Minneapolis-based IT solutions provider delivering sophisticated, custom tailored IT solutions to companies large and small, single site or multinational, in-house or in the cloud. Atomic Data works with your IT department or acts as your IT department to design, equip, and maintain the solutions for today’s challenging IT environments. Atomic Data's areas of expertise include: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, The Atomic Cloud® private virtualization, data center colocation, disaster recovery consulting, private connectivity, 24x7 network monitoring and Service Desk support, on-site support, custom software development, voice solutions and web hosting. For more information, visit http://www.atomicdata.com/