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Winners of CompTIA Get IT Video Contest Announced

CompTIA certified candidates go viral to win cash prizes

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two information technology (IT) professionals who got IT are the top two winners of the inaugural Get IT Video Contest sponsored by CompTIA, the non-profit trade association for the IT industry and the leading provider of vendor neutral skills certifications for the global IT workforce.

The CompTIA Get IT Video Contest asked IT professionals who are CompTIA certified to submit a 60-second video about how they’ve used their CompTIA-certified skills to solve an IT problem, get a raise or a promotion or get a job. This social sweepstakes video contest was the first of its kind offered to the large pool of CompTIA certified individuals.

Michael Sileno, owner and president of Stryker Computer Solutions in Greensboro, N.C., claimed the first prize of $2,500 for his video explaining why he’s glad he’s earned three CompTIA certifications.

The second-place award of $1,500 went to Scott Leppelman, network administrator at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, N.M. His video showed how CompTIA certifications helped transform an IT guy into the ultimate computer guru.

The top two videos were selected from 33 entries received as part of the contest. Entrants promoted their submissions on social sites, encouraging people to vote for them. Winners were selected based on the highest volume of votes of visitors to the contest web site who viewed, liked, commented and ultimately voted for their favorites.

“The videos we received exemplify the creativity and ingenuity of the certified IT professional,” said Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills certification, CompTIA. “Each day these individuals bring the same insightful thinking and problem-solving skills to their workplaces. That’s why more and more employers seek out the versatility, business acumen and broad set of tech skills that certified IT workers offer.”

Sileno, 31, who is CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certified, said he’s had an interest in tackling computer-related problems “ever since my first Commodore 64” computer.

“This type of work is something I love to do on a daily basis,” he said. “I am so glad I pursued [CompTIA certification] because the knowledge I gained translated to real world solutions to complex issues.”

Leppelman, 25, became “very interested in IT” in high school.

“My senior year I took a network engineering class and it really sparked my future career,” he said. “When looking at colleges I found a good IT major at New Mexico State University. I currently have three CompTIA certifications including an A+, Network +, and Security +. Those three certifications have helped greatly in getting my job and supporting our network technologies.”

Leppelman encouraged others considering a career in IT “to get certified earlier rather than later.”

“It is a good confidence booster and will significantly increase one's IT skills and knowledge,” he said.

CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor neutral skills certifications for the world’s IT workforce. More than 1.4 million IT professionals around the world are CompTIA certified.

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