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    Accelerated Software Engineering Apprenticeship Program (ASEAP) Virtual Panel Discussion

    Date: April 7, 2020, 11:00am
    Please Register at: Link

    Informational Brochure:

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    As announced in the following email this afternoon, it is our pleasure to share that, Chicago Apprentice Network (CAN) in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago (CCC)Clearcover IncComputer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and Center for IT Talent Acceleration (C4ITA) will be hosting a Virtual Panel Discussion about a unique ASEAP model of apprenticeship, for developing diverse local Software talent rapidly while benefitting local employers and communities.

    We want to invite local employers in Chicagoland, such as yourself to learn more about the ASEAP model, and how your company can save $100K+ over 4 years and simultaneously improve social equity in our neighborhoods, while building a pool of diverse software and product talent.

    BTW, we know that COVID-19 is not making your hiring strategy any easier for 2020.  However, software talent demand is not expected to go down anytime soon.  In fact, it is expected to go up.  Hence, even if you are not looking to hire in 2020, by attending this event you may find it beneficial for your 2021 plan. 

    When:  April 7, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CDT

    Where:  Virtual/Videoconference

    Please Register at:  Link

    Informational Brochure:   


    • Employer view point by Vikki Caruso, VP of People, Clearcover, Inc.,
    • ASEAP Model Value Proposition
    • ASEAP Curriculum highlights (The secret sauce)
    • Q&A

    If you are unable to attend, don’t worry.  Please reach us to set up one on one conversation @  or email to 

    Additional Details:-

    Why should employers attend this event?

    Do you have challenges in hiring and retaining software engineers and software developers? Is diversity and inclusion a priority for your organization in 2020? 

    If yes, you are not alone.  It’s impacting every industry even thru the current COVID-19 crisis, irrespective of the size of the employer.

    • Illinois gap – 20,213 demand, but only 2,232 supply (2017 data). 

    Also, only 16% of 2,232 Illinois 4-year computer science graduates were female!



    • Daniel Serota – Manager, Public Affairs, AON; Chicago Apprentice Network
    • Jakki Dace – Advisory Board, C4ITA; Director of Apprenticeships and Work-Based Learning Programs, City Colleges of Chicago
    • Adam Lueken – Advisory Board, C4ITA; Teacher, Vernon Hills High School; Treasurer, Chicago Suburban Computer Science Teachers’ association (
    • Anand Setty- Founder & President, C4ITA (Center for IT Talent Acceleration)


    • Vikki Caruso, VP of People, Clearcover, Inc.

    About the participating organizations:

    Chicago Apprentice Network:

    Chicago Apprentice Network began in August 2017 to serve as a way for apprentices to connect with one another and as a launch pad for other organizations to join the movement. The Network convenes companies from across Chicagoland who are committed to expanding professional advancement through apprenticeship programs.

    Wilber Wright College @City Colleges of Chicago:

    Recognized as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute, Wilbur Wright College is a dynamic institution with a rich history and community, focused on student learning and completion.  


    Clearcover is the smarter car insurance company. We use powerful technology to offer everyday drivers better coverage for less money. We’re proud to be one of the fastest-growing startups in the insurtech space, and we’re currently looking to add more extraordinary people to our team.


    The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) supports and promotes the teaching of computer science, providing opportunities for K–12 teachers and their students to better understand computer science and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn.


    Center For Information Technology Talent Acceleration (C4ITA) is a not-for-profit organization, founded to address the chronic and pervasive imbalance between supply and demand of information technology talent in the marketplace.  C4ITA flagship Initiative is to grow “diverse” local talent through our “Accelerated Software Engineering Apprenticeship Program” (ASEAP), via a public-private partnership.