Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., December 14, 2009, CompTIA renewed its commitment to match cash and in-kind donations of as much as $1 million per year to the CompTIA Educational Foundation for the next five years. For the past two years, the dollar-for-dollar match has allowed the Foundation to help more than 1,100 individuals in need launch a career in information technology (IT).

 
The Foundation’s Creating Futures program provides career opportunities to groups of people historically under-represented in the IT industry, including U.S. military veterans, individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, at-risk youth and dislocated workers. The program works with employers to identify their hiring needs, then tailors education and training programs to help individuals obtain the skills the employers are looking for to enable them to secure IT careers.
 
“Giving people a chance to launch a career helps our industry and helps the individual.  It’s simply the right thing to do,” said Bob O’Malley, chairman of CompTIA and the CompTIA Educational Foundation, and president and CEO of InFocus.  “By supporting the Foundation’s efforts, CompTIA and its members not only breathe new life into our industry but enable people to change their lives for the better.  With the recommitment of CompTIA’s matching program, donations to the Foundation are doubled automatically.  I challenge each IT leader to step up to the plate, donate to the Foundation, and help individuals in need to launch their IT careers.”
 
In 2009, the Foundation surpassed several record marks, including:
 
· 13,200 Individuals received tech career counseling,
·   825 Individuals in need trained for an IT career, ·         554 Military and disabled veterans received IT training,
·  528 Women and minorities received IT training,
·  344 Individuals in need achieved CompTIA certification,
·  168 Dislocated individuals in need received IT training,
·  45 Non-military individuals with disabilities received IT training, and
·  24 Youth-at-risk received IT training.
 
All candidate applications are screened before they are selected for the program.  Training, mentoring, courseware, practice exams, and certification vouchers are provided at no cost to these individuals.  Program participants train toward CompTIA certifications — which are known throughout the industry as reliable predictors of employee success and are therefore one of the best ways to break into the IT field and build a solid career.
 
“Creating Futures already has helped me to earn my CompTIA A+ certification and I’m currently working toward my Network+ certification,” said Ryan M. Nofsinger of Massillon, Ohio, a U.S. Army Veteran that served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is participating in the Creating Futures program. “I am very grateful to all of the people that have made this opportunity available. The staff at CompTIA that have assisted me have been excellent. For anyone that has an interest in an IT career and is eligible for the program, I strongly encourage them to take a look at Creating Futures!”
 
To apply for training or to make a donation, which will be matched by CompTIA, visit the Foundation’s website, http://www.CompTIA-EF.org.
 
About the CompTIA Educational Foundation
The CompTIA Educational Foundation provides career opportunities for individuals who historically have been under-represented in the IT workforce. With the support of individuals, industry leaders, companies and the government, the Foundation creates programs aimed at helping U.S. veterans, at-risk youth, women, minorities, dislocated workers, and individuals with disabilities to obtain the technical and business skills employers require. For more information or to make a donation to the CompTIA Educational Foundation, visit http://www.CompTIA-EF.org.
 
About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information, visit www.comptia.org.
 
Donor Contact:
Dennis Zimmerman
Executive Director
CompTIA Educational Foundation
(630) 678-8477
 
Media Contact:
Lisa Fasold
Communications
CompTIA Educational Foundation
703-509-1124

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