Illinois Manufacturers Eligible for Discounted Technology Training, CompTIA Certification Exams

<p><strong>Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. &mdash; Aug. 21</strong><br />Manufacturing companies across Illinois are now eligible for financial assistance to have their technology workers trained and professionally certified by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). </p><p>The financial assistance is available through a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity&rsquo;s (DCEO) ETIP Program, and it is administered through the University of Illinois Business and Industry Services (U of I-BIS) in Naperville.<br /><br />Eligible companies can qualify for a savings of up to 50 percent off the costs of books, instruction, materials and technology used to prepare employees to sit for CompTIA certification exams. </p><p>CompTIA certification programs are the recognized industry standards for a broad range of technology skills &mdash; nearly 1 million technology professionals around the world are CompTIA-certified.<br /><br />&ldquo;The reason that so many individuals seek our certifications, and why so many organizations require or strongly recommend them for their IT staffs, is because CompTIA certifications help make IT operations run more efficiently,&rdquo; said Neill Hopkins, CompTIA vice president of skills development. &ldquo;Efficient IT operations help the business run more optimally, and that has a positive impact on the company&rsquo;s financial bottom line.&rdquo;<br /><br />Orville Howard, manager of IT systems and operations at Sloan Valve Co., a manufacturer of plumbing products and systems, agreed. <br /><br />&ldquo;Utilizing the combination of DCEO grant funding programs and excellent IT training from the U of I, we are able to provide the opportunity to our employees to increase their knowledge and skills, thus contributing to the company&rsquo;s leadership position in serving our customers,&rdquo; Howard said. <br /> <br />The U of I-BIS is committed to building and maintaining Illinois&rsquo; global competitiveness through the growth of a highly skilled workforce. </p><p>U of I-BIS has helped more than 6,000 organizations for 24 years. It provides customized training and consulting services, as well as public workshops and certificate programs. </p><p>With 80 professionals on staff, U of I-BIS specializes in companywide strategic business improvement solutions.</p>

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