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CompTIA Expands Troops to Tech Careers Program with Launch of New Website, Corporate Employment Registry

Links veterans seeking IT careers and employers with hiring needs

Downers Grove, Ill., March 6, 2012 – CompTIA, the non-profit trade association for the information technology (IT) industry, today announced a significant expansion of its Troops to Tech Careers initiative with the launch of a new website and corporate employment registry.

CompTIA’s Troops to Tech Careers program seeks to ease the transition of veterans from military to civilian life by providing a pathway to successful careers in IT through education, credentialing and employment.

“With the accelerated return of our veterans from Afghanistan beginning in earnest this year and next, and the anticipated discharge of tens of thousands of Iraqi vets, the public workforce system will be taxed like never before,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “Troops to Tech Careers is one way in which the IT industry is doing its part to ease this burden by offering a chance at a new start to the men and women who have done so much to keep our country secure, safe and free.”

The new corporate registry lists companies and organizations who support the Troops to Tech Careers Program and are willing to prioritize the hiring of IT certified veterans. The online registry allows veterans to search for available IT job openings with specific companies simply by clicking on a company logo.

Eleven IT companies and organizations from across the country are now included in the corporate registry: BizTech, Clearwater, Fla.; Blue Chip, Los Angeles; Boston Computer Support Experts, Boston; CDW, Vernon Hills, Ill.; Deerwood Technologies, Deerwood, Minn.; Illinois Technology Foundation, Chicago; LV-PITA, Las Vegas; Morphobyte, Orlando, Fla.; NuWave Partners, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Professional Computer Company, Lima, Ohio; and Responza, Seattle.

“These companies should be applauded for their leadership and commitment to bring more veterans into the nation’s technology workforce,” said Thibodeaux. “It’s now time for other companies, large, medium and small, to do the same.”

Three-Step Program: Learn, Certify, Employ
Launched in August 2011, Troops to Tech Careers works through the public workforce system to ensure that returning veterans with the aptitude and interest in a technical IT career will receive the education, credentialing and job placement assistance needed to join the nation’s IT workforce.

The education component of the program focuses on community colleges with long-standing relationships with local One Stop Career Centers as well as private training providers. Additionally, CompTIA is reaching out to four year colleges and universities, both public and private, which offer IT degree programs for veterans.

Certifications are often the next step on the career path for individuals wanting to join the IT workforce. CompTIA is the world’s largest provider of vendor-neutral certifications for IT professionals. CompTIA certifications are the recognized industry standards for a broad range of technology skills, including IT fundamentals, repair and technical support, networking, security, server, storage, Linux, project management, printing and document imaging, convergence technologies, health IT, green IT and cloud computing.

In addition to acceptance in the private sector, the U.S. Department of Defense recognizes CompTIA certifications in its technical and management tracks for information assurance technicians and managers under DoD Directive 8570.1M. CompTIA certifications are also part of the State Department Skills Incentive Program.

Certification costs for CompTIA exams taken by U.S. military veterans are covered by the following funding resource programs: the Workforce Investment Act, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment and Post 9/11 GI Bill.

About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA on Twitter at Http://www.Twitter.com/comptia.