CompTIA Helps Veterans to Enter the IT Workforce
After launching IT careers for more than 160 military veterans since 2007, the CompTIA Education Foundation seeks to offer additional free IT training and certification through its Creating Futures program. The CompTIA Educational Foundation aims to have more than 300 veterans participate in Creating Futures this year and is actively seeking IT companies to employ the veterans that pass certification.
Creating Futures provides free career opportunities to populations historically underrepresented in the IT industry, including U.S. veterans, individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, at-risk youth and dislocated workers. The program works with employers to identify their hiring needs, then tailors education and training programs to help individuals obtain the skills the employers are looking for to enable them to secure IT careers.
“Our military veterans gave their all to help safeguard the American dream. Now it’s time to help veterans realize their own dreams as they transition from military service to the business world,” said John Venator, president and CEO of the CompTIA Educational Foundation.
The CompTIA Educational Foundation’s Creating Futures program provides 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.
When shifting from the Armed Forces to the private sector, veterans often feel lost and desire an organized and challenging environment again. For veterans like Grahm Donovan, Creating Futures renews their sense of purpose.
“The Creating Futures program gave me a sense of confidence that I can achieve things within the IT Industry, and I can’t thank them enough,” said Donovan. “I hope more IT companies rally behind veterans and help us join their industry. The Army exposed me to a broad variety of people who learned to work together to achieve a common goal, and that attitude is paramount in the business world.”
“Military experience combined with IT training and certification makes for a highly valuable employee,” commented Venator. “Companies can offer financial support, in-kind equipment or internships to help veterans get a foot in the door of our robust industry.”