History

History of Varsity

How does a business come about? Is it that moment where opportunity stares you in the face? Or maybe when a group of friends come up with a great idea to make money? Or is brought about by sheer entrepreneurial spirit?

How does one become an entrepreneur? When is that decided? Maybe it is in someone’s DNA. Literally.

read more

You deserve more than just a job

Have fun with a great group of people, learn, and enjoy the best benefits in our industry. You’ll get the experience you are looking for and find more meaning in what you do every day at Varsity.

Join the Varsity Team

Join the Varsity Team

Varsity is the right place for you if you want to:

  • Get more out of your job instead of just doing a job.
  • Combine your technology skills and social values.
  • Work with others who share your desire to make a difference.
  • Serve amazing social impact organizations.
  • Accelerate your skills, experience, and responsibilities.
  • Make positive change in the world.

Varsity Team Benefits

At Varsity, we believe in investing in our culture and our team: We regularly hold events like bowling, potlucks, and group volunteer opportunities. Of course we offer 401k, health benefits, competitive salary, and much more. Plus the ever-popular espresso machine.

If Varsity sounds like a good fit for you, please get in touch. We’re always looking to meet talented people who share our mission to serve.

401K Matching

3% 401K matching

Annual Check in

Annual performance check-in

Benefits

Medical, vision, and dental benefits

Career Growt

Personalized career growth plans

Job Growth

Job growth opportunities

Lunches

Lunch and Learn in-person training

Peer Mentor

Peer mentoring

Training

Access to online training

Wellness time off

Wellness time off

History of Varsity

How does a business come about? Is it that moment where opportunity stares you in the face? Or maybe when a group of friends come up with a great idea to make money? Or is brought about by sheer entrepreneurial spirit?

How does one become an entrepreneur? When is that decided? Maybe it is in someone's DNA. Literally.

For Patrick Ciccarelli, Varsity’s founder and CEO, starting a small business continues a tradition that is more than a century old (over 139 years). It all started in the mid-19th century with a simple family business outside the city of Naples, Italy. But eventually, Patrick’s great-grandfather Pellegrino Ciccarelli decided to leave Italy with his family in hopes of creating a better future in America. After immigrating through New York, Pellegrino and his son successfully started several businesses, including a hotel, bar, and restaurant, until adversity struck, and they lost it all in the Great Depression.

It wouldn't be until later that his son, PasqualinoCiccarelli, the next in a line of entrepreneurs, would start a men's clothing store, called The Varsity Shop.

Coming out of WWII on the GI bill, Pasqualino would head to college; the first family member to do so. It was at college that he saw an opportunity—that young men now entering the workforce needed workplace attire. And so he started the next family business.

As Pasqualino set out to meet a need missing in the marketplace at the time, so did his son, Patrick, see a need to help schools integrate, use, and manage technology. In the early 1990’s, while teaching at a public middle school in San Francisco, Patrick found an opportunity to help the school bring technology to the classroom. Several years later, this simple response to a need would launch a business that would last more than 22 years and to this day, continues to evolve to meet the needs of the growing social impact space.

As a computer resource teacher, Patrick saw firsthand how students found new opportunities by using computers. Technology helped them connect to the outside world; provided a place for them to develop a voice and share it; and offered a way to connect with others from different backgrounds and cultures. During this time, Patrick also helped design and install networks in other underfunded public schools throughout the Bay Area.

In 1997, Patrick founded and ran an innovative program called The Cisco Networking Academy, located at San Francisco State University. A newly-formed program within Cisco Systems, Inc., the academy prepared students for careers in the IT industry. His academy grew to be one of the largest at the time, with more than 20 participating schools spanning five counties. After running this program from 1997 to 1999, Patrick created Varsity.