Apr 27, 2007 (08:04 PM EDT)
CompTIA Expands Training Program
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The Computer Technology Industry Association is ready to expand a tiny IT training program it started 18 months ago. The Creating Futures program, aimed at veterans, disadvantaged youth, and disabled and unemployed people, so far has trained 13 returning veterans in Jacksonville, Fla., four at-risk youths in Cleveland, and eight unemployed workers in Ireland.
Aaron Sanchez, a Navy officer with a bachelor's degree in computer science and a tech-related master's degree, has more tech experience than most Creating Futures participants. He returned from deployment on a Naval ship in the Persian Gulf several months ago and will leave active duty in December. He's taken a two-week training program in hardware and operation systems from education company New Horizons, a Creating Futures partner, and will soon take a CompTIA certifica- tion test.
The program is offered free to qualifying candidates, including people who've lost jobs in other industries or who've suffered through disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Creating Futures' goal, Underhill says, is to help participants while also anticipating an impending tech-worker shortage as fewer young people enter the field and millions of baby boom-ers retire.