Carlos Vasquez was born in Mexico and moved to Milwaukee at age seven. After high school, he worked in a factory for two years before quitting to pursue an interest in technology.

But he didn’t know where to turn. He searched online for local meetups and attended one that wasn’t a fit.

Eventually, Vasquez found i.c.stars, a local program that provided technical training and a software development internship. That led him to his current role as a full-stack engineer at Northwestern Mutual.

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