More Than 10K Wounded Warriors Apply for Free IT Training
Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. — March 25
More than 10,000 U.S. military veterans, disabled veterans and their spouses applied for CompTIA Education Foundation’s free IT training program, Creating Futures, this month. The Foundation is actively seeking more individual and corporate donations to further expand Creating Futures and is working with 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.
IT jobs have held steady during the soft economy. This month the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index of 1,400 CIOs found that CIOs are planning a net 2 percent hiring increase in the next three months.
“Veterans can combine their combat preparation training with IT skills to make rock-solid employees,” said John Venator, president and CEO of the CompTIA Educational Foundation. “Our partner companies have found that veterans are ready for the changes that new technology creates and are mentally prepared to work in a team environment.”
The Foundation already has raised nearly $1 million in donations this year, including a generous dollar-for-dollar Board “Challenge Grant” match from CompTIA, and aims to reach $2 million by year’s end. Donations can be in cash or equipment. Companies can donate their working and non-defective technology, end-of life, returned or excess inventory, which then is recycled, inventoried, marketed and sold. The proceeds fund Creating Futures’ training programs. All gifts are 100 percent tax-deductible.
“Every American owes a debt of gratitude to our veterans for safeguarding the American dream. Now is our chance to give back and help these valiant men and women transition to the private sector and fulfill their own career dreams,” added Venator. “We are asking individuals and companies to demonstrate their spirit of giving by making both cash and in-kind donations to the Foundation, so that we can assist more wounded warriors, returning service men and women, and their families.”
Creating Futures 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.