CompTIA Targets D.C. Military Vets for Free Computer Training

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. — April 29
To boost its outreach in the Washington metropolitan area, the CompTIA Educational Foundation formed its first regional support group and is funding free computer training and certification for military veterans.

The Foundation’s Creating Futures program provides computer training, mentoring, courseware, practice exams and certification vouchers at no cost to veterans. Program participants train toward CompTIA certifications, which are known throughout the IT industry as reliable predictors of employee success and are therefore some of the best ways to break into the IT field and build a solid career.

“Nearly every business or family in the D.C. area knows someone with military ties, someone who’s fought valiantly for our country and now may need help transitioning to the private sector,” said John Venator, president and CEO of CompTIA Educational Foundation.

“Creating Futures can make a substantial impact on our veterans, but we can only do so with more visibility and financial support.”

The Foundation’s D.C. Support Group raises awareness and funds for the Foundation in the D.C. area. With representation from industry leaders such as AGM Inc., Bay Business Advisors LLC, CDW Government, Ingram Micro and Panasonic Avionics Corp., this group focuses on:

  • Informing military veterans of the Foundation’s free training programs.
  • Raising funds and in-kind donations.
  • Developing relationships with corporations so that certified trainees can transition into full-time employment.

“In just a few months time, we’ve grown to more than 30 individuals participating in our group, but we still need even more corporations to get involved so that we can help every veteran get started on a new career path,” Richard Stopa, principal at Bay Business Advisors LLC and chairman of the Foundation’s DC Support Group.

“The information technology industry in the Baltimore-Washington area remains one of the strongest in the nation, according to a report by Global Knowledge. Our area is ideally situated for veterans who want to launch an IT career.”

As part of its community outreach efforts, the D.C. Support Group will participate at the 2009 Department of Defense Joint Service Open House for Armed Forces Day, May 15-17 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

D.C. area business can get involved with the Foundation and its Support Group by offering internship and employment opportunities, donating training services and providing financial support to a particular target audience or program.

Corporations already are stepping up to the plate. For example, LUSEC Solutions Inc. of Rockville, Md., donated nine CompTIA Security+ instructor-led training seats this year to veterans enrolled in Creating Futures.

Individuals and corporations can join the D.C. Support Group through its LinkedIn.com online group, CompTIA Creating Futures – Washington D.C. The D.C. Support Group’s next regular meeting will be on May 28 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at CDWG’s offices in Herndon, Va.

For more information, visit http://www.comptia-ef.org.

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