New Partnership Aims to Provide Jobs to Niche Groups

The CompTIA Educational Foundation recently formed a partnership with Bender Consulting with the goal of trying to place veterans and individuals with disabilities in full-time jobs after they acquire CompTIA certifications.

It's all part of CompTIA's Creating Futures program, which began in July 2007. In its first year of existence, CompTIA saw 400 participants through the program, with roughly 40 percent of them successfully acquiring CompTIA certifications. This year, the association has more than 500 participants in the program. About three-fourths of the program's population is comprised of veterans, and of that population, almost 50 percent are disabled.

Bender, a consulting firm, only places individuals with disabilities.

"We will provide [Bender] with candidate information of individuals who are disabled – whether they be veterans or not – who have gone through the Creating Futures program and who have obtained CompTIA certifications for employment," said Amy Alexander, Creating Futures program manager. "That's the only pool that they work with; they are a national company and contract throughout the world for providing positions for individuals with disabilities." Fully utilizing this capacity, the Creating Futures program will be placing its participants wherever Bender has openings across the globe.

The Creating Futures program works with anyone from 17 years of age upward. Through Bender, it will place people into positions ranging from entry level, such as help desk, to more advanced, such as networking.

Alexander spoke of the motivation behind the program. "IT industry leaders came to CompTIA and said, ‘You're our IT…



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