CompTIA Educational Foundation Program
<strong>Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. — Sept. 20</strong><br />The Computing Technology Industry (CompTIA) Educational Foundation has announced that a donation from Ricoh Americas Corp., a provider of digital office equipment, will expand training options for participants in its Creating Futures program.<br /><br />Ricoh Americas, through its Ricoh University program, has donated 100 seats for free online training for use by qualified candidates from the Creating Futures program.<br /><br />Creating Futures is providing career opportunities in the information technology industry to veterans transitioning out of the military, individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth and dislocated workers.<br /><br />The program works with employers to identify their hiring needs, then it tailors education and training programs to help individuals obtain the skills employers are seeking.<br /><br />”Since its founding in 1992, Ricoh University has delivered comprehensive technical and sales instruction that's second to none in our industry, so the addition of this training option to Creating Futures is a tremendous boost for our program,” said Dennis Zimmerman, CompTIA Educational Foundation director.<br /><br />While students are training, Ricoh University will provide the Creating Futures team with bi-weekly reports detailing each students progress. Students will have access to 24-hour online mentoring through Ricoh University, and they can work at their own pace. <br /><br />No additional materials are needed for the online training.<br /><br />Zimmerman also said students will benefit greatly from donations similar to Ricoh's because it makes access to training sites and materials available to students, no matter where they are in the United States. <br />After students earn their certification, Creating Futures will assist them with internship or employment opportunities by connecting with CompTIA members in the student's geographical area.