We believe we can provide alternate options to those who are unable to attend college

Our Mission

We provide continuing education to recent high school graduates, who are underprivileged minority students that are unable to attend a 2 to 4-year college.


We also provide online and in-person certification, education training in the field of Information Technology.

How we Got Started

Star Dot Engineer Foundation is committed to providing continuing education to recent high school graduates, who are underprivileged minority students that are unable to attend a university or college but wish to achieve certifications in the field of Information Technology.


Star Dot Engineer Foundation will provide online or in person certification training classes from a technology provider and assign each student a technology mentor to assist them in achieving their IT certification.

Mr. Smith was responsible for the design, and implementation of data networks for several fortune 500 companies. Mr. Smith also achieved several certifications throughout his career in the field of Information Technology along with a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He achieved one of the highest certifications at the time from Cisco Systems, CCIE #25893 (Cisco Certified Internetnetwork Expert). In that process he realized the benefit of secondary education and certifications to advance his career.

Mr. Smith also realized the disproportion of African Americans and other minorities and the lack of opportunity there was for them in the Information Technology field.  He began training students on his own in 2014 in Cisco technologies. With the success of these students achieving their certification Mr. Smith started the Star Dot Engineer Foundation in Chicago in 2019 with the purpose of providing secondary education within information technology to minority students.


By providing IT certification training along with a mentoring minorities offers them career opportunities and guidance. The core value of Star Dot Engineer is to provide IT certification training along with mentoring opportunities that will offer our students hands-on experience and a variety of career options.  The company is still in the infancy stages and is currently looking to partner with technology companies within the Chicagoland area and big tech companies that offer career certification in cloud computing, coding, network infrastructure and other engineering fields of Information Technology. It is our goal to provide “any” type of engineering certification students desire. 

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Daryl Smith

Founder of Star Dot Engineer



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