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<strong>Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. &mdash; 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&#39;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&#39;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&#39;s geographical area.

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