Professional techies actively looking for positions in the job market, or those who are passively scouting for better opportunities, may wonder when they’ll get a break.
Imagine asking yourself that same question when you come from an underutilized employment group such as military veterans, disabled workers or at-risk youth. The Computer Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) Educational Foundation — which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary — acts as a helping hand for would-be techies from those groups.
In addition to large-sum cash donations, the foundation accepts in-kind donations. For example, institutions with in-house IT training programs may have seats open when classes aren’t full and may choose to donate these seats to foundation participants, exposing them to training that can lead to certifications.
John Venator, president and CEO of the foundation, said CompTIA’s Creating Futures program initially began by giving merit reward scholarships, but over the years, the organization has evolved to allow schools and training organizations to nominate exceptional students to receive scholarship awards.
“They’ve been fairly nominal stipends, but the organizations agree to publicly present them. And we’ve had some wonderful feedback from parents and school administrators on how these scholarship rewards have not only motivated the recipients to think more positively about themselves, careers and being self sufficient, they’ve also used it to motivate others who are not necessarily receiving scholarships but who attend their institutions,” he said.
Venator said the foundation takes a proactive role in creating futures by executing pilot demonstration projects that act…
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