About i.c.stars|*COLUMBUS

The Columbus non-profit organization provides a rigorous technology-based workforce development and leadership training program for low-income adults with a high school diploma or GED.

We promote experiential learning from a project-based perspective. Participants work in teams of 3-4 people on a project sponsored by companies over a 16-week course training.

After the initial 16-week course, participants
work with i.c.stars career services to find full-time work in information technology and digital careers.


Our program

i.c.stars offers a unique two-year program that provides an opportunity for low-income young adults to develop advanced technical and leadership skills.

Our alums earn more money, continue to increase expertise in information technology-based platforms and join a supportive network that provides the resources necessary to help make the changes they seek in their own life and in their community.

The growing network of i.c.stars alums is a powerful group of community leaders that advocate for social justice in our communities. Our graduates have moved into successful leadership roles, adapted communications for diverse audiences using social media tools, developed a knowledge of programming and database development, built financial models, researched and implemented Internet marketing strategies, and regularly act as agents of change through public speaking engagements.


Contact us

Kim-HeadshotKimberly Gayle is the new Executive Director for i.c.stars|*Columbus. i.c.stars is a workforce development organization and social enterprise that started in 1999 in Chicago, Illinois. The organization develops change-driven young adults to excel in technology and digital careers and effects change as community leaders.

Ryan-HeadshotRyan Frederick has had the privilege of being part of several startups and growth companies. He has helped companies grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability. As a Chairman of i.c.stars|* Columbus, Ryan brings a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge.

To contact i.c.stars|*Columbus: Email: info@icstarscolumbus.com | Phone: 614.340.1841