Education Partnership Leads to Jobs

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Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. — May 5
Due to high demand and great results, Ricoh Americas Corp. doubled its previous donation of 100 revolving IT skills e-learning seats to the CompTIA Educational Foundation’s Creating Futures program. The donation allows Creating Futures to provide additional employment-focused computer training free to transitioning U.S. veterans, individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth, minorities and displaced workers with the opportunity to gain employable skills and achieve rewarding careers in the IT industry.

“Since launching our new promotions campaign this year, our requests for training have increased by more than 1,000 percent. The need is out there, and it’s big. Generous donations like Ricoh’s help us meet that need, and we challenge even more companies to step up to the plate,” said John Venator, president and CEO, CompTIA Educational Foundation.

“What better way to say ‘thank you’ to our military men and women than to help them gain long-lasting employment after they’ve given their all for our safety and freedom. Creating Futures is a proven program to help our veterans launch IT careers.”

Online training, mentoring, courseware, practice exams and certification vouchers are provided at no cost to Creating Futures participants through Ricoh University. Students have access to 24-hour online mentoring and can work at their own pace. They 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. The first donation of 100 licenses resulted in approximately 40 percent of the participants gaining successful employment.

“Through our Ricoh University program, we deliver comprehensive technical and sales instruction to our internal employees and dealers. In 2007, we expanded this program to incorporate Creating Futures participants as they strive to earn their CompTIA certifications,” said Beverley Patterson, senior director of learning and organizational development at Ricoh Americas Corp.

“We were eager to partner with the Foundation, as we share the same care values, respect all people and a commitment to serve the local communities in which we live. Since the initial offering was so successful, it is our pleasure to further support the Foundation by doubling the e-learning seats so that more U.S. military veterans and their families can realize their career dreams.”

The CompTIA Educational Foundation aims to attract $1 million in fundraising this year, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by CompTIA. Donations can be in cash, equipment or training seats. All gifts are 100 percent tax-deductible.

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