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February 2022 Meeting – Community Colleges and Professional Transformation

Register for the February 10 meeting.

Throughout 2022 ITKAN will focus on Transformation – of members, technologies, or careers. In support of this theme, our February 10th meeting will highlight how Community Colleges continue to evolve their offerings to assist IT Professionals in transforming their skills in an ever-changing landscape. Today’s IT professionals are often required to have both academic degrees in technical disciplines and certificates or badges which demonstrate specific expertise. Community Colleges are well positioned to offer courses and a community which can help transform skills an IT professional requires in both areas.  These offerings are often more affordable and accessible than other options, and delivered by experts who are both highly credentialed and committed to student success.

Featured in this meeting will be Dr. Angela Sullivan, Advisor and Professor, Fine Arts Department at Joliet Junior College (JJC) and Dr. Behnam Roohani, Director of Information and Simulation Technology at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) and Malcolm X College.  They will provide expert insight to the skills an IT professional needs to acquire to be successful in today’s changing landscape and discuss transformational offerings at JJC and CCC that members can leverage to accelerate their careers and development.

Thu, February 10, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT


ITKAN has been a community since 2008 that takes care of its own, and we’re proud of that. Members have secured 1st careers, transitioned careers, and made life-long friendships.  We are perpetual learners and active community members, and through ITKAN and it is our hope that with the focus this year on transformation it will help us to continue this legacy. 


April 2018 Meeting – Coding in Schools Effect on Diversity in Tech

Register for the April 12th meeting.

In April’s ITKAN meeting, we will discuss the relationship between two of the top tech issues, Diversity and Tech along with Coding in Schools, from the “Today in Technology:  The Top 10 Tech Issues for 2018” series.

One of the many benefits of pervasively promoting coding in school is how it can help address the tech industry’s shortage of communities of color, women, and individuals with disabilities.

We will start off the evening with Shelley McKinley, who runs Microsoft’s Technology & Corporate Responsibility team, saying a few words about the work that her Microsoft Accessibility team is doing.

Then Tim Roessler, ITKAN Advisory Board Member and Director of Enterprise Applications at Joliet Junior College, will facilitate a discussion panel which will speak about Diversity and Tech and how their organizations promotion of coding in schools helps create a diverse, technology savvy workforce for their community.

The three panelist are:

  • Mindy C. Diaz: Disability Services Coordinator Joliet Junior College
  • Liz Rafferty: Executive Director Genesys Works Chicago
  • Lance Russell: Chief Executive Officer Chicago Tech Academy High School

April 12, 2018
5-7:00 p.m.

Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center
200 E Randolph Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601