CompTIA Presents IT Merit Awards to 25 Individuals

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<p><strong>Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. &mdash; Dec. 12</strong><br />Twenty-five high school and college students and adult learners preparing for careers in the information technology (IT) industry have received IT Student Merit Awards from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Educational Foundation.<br /><br />The CompTIA Educational Foundation IT Student Merit Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments by students and adult learners who have trained for and received CompTIA certification. Since 2001, when the program began, more than 270 students throughout the United States and Canada have received a cash award of $250 to be used toward their continuing education.<br /><br />&ldquo;Forecasts of shortages of qualified IT workers are predicted for the near future,&rdquo; said John Venator, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. &ldquo;Without a ready supply of trained, certified IT professionals to install, operate and maintain technology systems, we&rsquo;re risking a slowdown in growth and innovation. That&rsquo;s why programs such as the CompTIA Educational Foundation IT Student Merit Awards are so important. We&rsquo;re pleased to provide financial support to students who have taken an important first step toward rewarding careers in our industry.&rdquo;<br /><br />CompTIA Educational Foundation IT Student Merit Award winners include:<br /><br />Idaho (1): Danielle Olson, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho.<br /><br />Illinois (1): Nicholas Litecki, Lyons Township High School, LaGrange, Ill.<br /><br />Maryland (4): Andy Beltre, Joshua Jean, Anh Khoa Nguyen and Kenny Ung, Thomas Edison High School of Technology, Silver Spring, Md.<br /><br />Massachusetts (1): Mayckel De Sa, Joseph P. Keefe Technical School, Framingham, Mass.<br /><br />Missouri (5): Venus Eisterhold, Mark Kaffenberger, Lonnie Van Volkingburg, Lucas Walch and Jeremy Young, Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, Mo.<br /><br />New Jersey (6): Valorie Brown, Kenneth Hutchinson, Nathaniel Hyser and Klinton Imai, Edison Job Corps Academy, Edison, N.J.; Kyle Stafford and Jay Wodka, Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver, N.J.<br /><br />Ohio (2): Joseph Brausey, Vinton County High School, McArthur, Ohio; Paul Fitch, Northwest Career Center School, Dublin, Ohio.<br /><br />Oklahoma (1): Paul Jackson, Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno, Okla.<br /><br />Pennsylvania (2): Dean Girgenti and Jonathan Ott, Monroe Career & Technical Institute, Bartonsville, Pa.<br /><br />Tennessee (2): Travis M. Richey and Nathaniel P. Young, Spring Hill High School, Columbia, Tenn.<br /><br />Funding for the awards comes from an industry endowment. For more information on the CompTIA Educational Foundation IT Student Merit Awards, visit http://www.creatingfutures.us/it_merit_awards.aspx. </p>

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