CompTIA Commends Efforts to Hire Veterans

Apr 11, 2012 (04:04 PM EDT)

IT Industry's Troops to Tech Careers Initiative Certifies and Connects Skilled Workers with Employment

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden marked the one year anniversary of Joining Forces, their effort to recognize, honor and serve military families. Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, issued the following statement.

"I applaud the First Lady and Dr. Biden's efforts to encourage companies in the private sector to hire veterans. One of the most important ways we can honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans is to make a commitment to employ them. 

"CompTIA continues to encourage companies in the IT sector to hire veterans. Since the launch of our Troops to Tech Careers initiative late last year, CompTIA has certified more than 2,700 veterans for careers in IT-related fields, and more than 20 corporations have joined the corporate registry at our Troops to Tech Careers web site, where veterans can locate open job positions.

"In addition, through our Creating IT Futures Foundation, we work with underserved populations, including veterans and their families to help them find employment in the IT field.

"Today, there are nearly 300,000 unfilled IT and IT related jobs, a tremendous opportunity for job seeking veterans. Research shows that 86% of hiring managers put a high or medium priority on skills certifications when they are looking to hire. As the foremost provider of technology-neutral and vendor-neutral IT certifications, CompTIA encourages veterans to seek skills training and certification as a first step to a career in IT.

"CompTIA remains committed to helping ease the transition of our veterans from service in the military to a successful career in IT through outreach, education and certification."

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 or follow CompTIA on Twitter at Http://

CompTIA's Public Advocacy group focuses on a broad array of issues affecting the IT industry, with particular emphasis on representing the interests of small and mid-sized IT companies and entrepreneurs.  Areas of focus include workforce education and training, tax matters, access to capital, health IT, export promotion, procurement, cybersecurity and smart technologies.