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Encouraging the Application, Development, and Adoption of Technology

Information technology takes a village. No high-functioning, high-value system is created in a vacuum. In order for technology to continue to advance and grow, IT advocates – like Directions – dedicate themselves to empowering the next generation to reach new heights of innovation. Directions is passionate about community outreach, and driven to reach the world and affect the future of technological advancement.

We support worthwhile programs spearheaded by the Illinois Technology Foundation ("50 for the Future”), Chicago Public School system, International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP), IAMCP Women I Technology (WIT), and Bridge Communities. In the future, Directions hopes to advance additional programs that support the application, development, and adoption of technology.

If you oversee a similar program and want to partner with Directions Training to accelerate its momentum, please contact our marketing department at marketing@directionstraining.com or call toll-free: 855-575.8900.

In the meantime, click on the images and links below to explore Directions’ latest community outreach.


March 11, 2016 - CHICAGO -- The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fueling the technology workforce in Illinois, announced the top 60 Illinois technology students for 2015. The program, in its 9th year, recognizes 50 college students and 10 high school students from around the state. In addition to the recognition, each student and their nominating faculty receives a $1,000 scholarship to apply to training offerings from Directions Training... Click here to continue reading.


December 18, 2015 - CHICAGO -- For over 20 years, Directions Training has provided IT training solutions to organizations like yours. At the helm of our service-focused training company is founder and CEO Jennifer Didier. It is with great pleasure that we announce Jennifer will be recognized as a 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Champion by Enterprising Women magazine. CEO of Enterprising Women magazine, Monica Smiley, describes Champions as women who, “…excel in a variety of ways –through fast business growth, community leadership or as outstanding role models and mentors in their communities.”  Click here to continue reading.


December 8, 2015 - CHICAGO -- Employees from Directions Training, a Chicago-based IT and professional development training company, spent the morning of December 2nd discussing job skills with 22 Chicago Public School (CPS) students. The job skills of focus included writing a résumé, interview techniques, marketing practices, Microsoft Excel, and website development. This was Directions third year participating in a CPS job shadow day. Click here to continue reading.


August 3, 2015 - CHICAGO -- Each Directions Training employee is granted one paid charity day every year. This gives the entire Directions' team the opportunity to "lend a helping hand" and give back to their communities. Several employees are making the most of the Directions' Charity Initiative. For instance, Jami Miller is getting involved with her alma mater, Tom Vanek is packing food into boxes for Greater Chicago Good Depository, and Chris Voss makes his volunteering a family affair by advancing the mission of Feed My Starving Children with his two sons. Click here to continue reading.


June 17, 2015 - CHICAGO -- Directions Training president and CEO was a featured panelist at the IAMCP Women in Technology Breakfast Briefing at the Microsoft Office in Downers Grove on June 11. Along with five other inspiring, Chicago-based women, Jennifer discussed a wide range of key issues and topics that affect female IT professionals within the technology sector. Conversation included how they got started, how they achieved success, and how they think women can become more involved in the technology industry. Click here to continue reading.


May 06, 2015 - CHICAGO -- Directions is pleased to provide a state-of-the-art website that makes it possible for corporate, government, and individual clients to search and purchase training courses for technology vendors like Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix, CompTIA, VMware, and more. With hundreds of courses to choose from and thousands of classes scheduled, the Directions website is ahead of its competitors because of its advanced mobile friendly design and ecommerce options. ... Click here to continue reading.


March 24, 2015 - CHICAGO -- Employees from Directions Training, a Chicago-based IT and professional development training company, spent the morning of March 18th demonstrating business skills for 19 Chicago Public School (CPS) students. At Directions’ Chicago location, located at 208 S. LaSalle Street, CPS students arrived at 9:00am. For the next three hours the Directions’ team engaged students in activities that displayed the roles they play in day-to-day operations and shared about the value higher education adds to their careers. In addition, they critiqued résumés and hosted mock job interviews ...Click here to continue reading.


March 10, 2015 - CHICAGO -- The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fueling the technology workforce in Illinois, announced the top 60 Illinois technology students for 2014.  The program, in its 8th year, recognizes 50 college students and 10 high school students from around the state. In addition to the recognition, each student and their nominating faculty receive a $1,000 scholarship to apply to training at Directions Training ... Click here to continue reading.

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