CompTIA Educational Foundation Partners With Public Computer Centers for IT Training and Career Development

<p><strong>Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. &mdash; Sept. 30</strong><br /><br />Following up on its success with IT career training programs with Chicago&rsquo;s Lighthouse for the Blind and South Carolina&rsquo;s Fast Forward Community Technology Center, the CompTIA Educational Foundation is looking to expand its partnerships with other public computer centers to help individuals in need launch information technology (IT) careers. <br /><br />The foundation&rsquo;s Creating Futures program provides training and certification opportunities to populations who historically have been underrepresented in the IT workforce, including U.S. veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, at-risk youth and dislocated workers. Creating Futures works with employers to identify their hiring needs, then tailors its training to help individuals obtain the skills employers require. <br /><br />&ldquo;Our partnership with the CompTIA Educational Foundation has created a win-win situation for our local community, especially our hometown military veterans,&rdquo; said Dee Albritton, executive director of Fast Forward. &ldquo;The foundation gives us vouchers for free computer training. When we combine this training with other business skills, such as health care or accounting knowledge, often we&rsquo;ve helped local employers find an ideal prospect to fulfill their staffing needs. <br /><br />&ldquo;With stimulus funds and support from other local groups, such as Veterans Affairs chapters, public computer centers like us are in the perfect position to help the next generation and career-switchers find new opportunities in technology, an industry that continues to expand and need more qualified professionals,&rdquo; added Albritton. <br /><br />Creating Futures offers instructor-led training and online training, depending upon geographical location. Participants have access to free:<br /><br />&bull; 24×7 online training.<br />&bull; Mentoring services.<br />&bull; Practice exams.<br />&bull; Certification vouchers.<br /><br />&ldquo;Through our affiliations with member companies and not-for-profit partners, individuals gain useful skills for permanent employment,&rdquo; commented John Venator, president and CEO of the CompTIA Educational Foundation. &ldquo;We work with employers, training providers, government agencies and public computer centers to develop model programs.&rdquo;<br /><br />Individuals and companies can make a donation to Creating Futures, and prospective participants can apply for training by visiting the foundation&rsquo;s Web site, http://www.CompTIA-EF.org. </p>

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