In the roll-up-your-sleeves, work-a-day life of IT services, it’s easy to lose sight of the larger world of challenges, struggling and strife spinning outside of our insulated channel environment. To their continuing credit, the folks in CompTIA’s philanthropic group stay focused on the big picture, this week making another round of donations to support information technology training for those in need.
The Downers Grove, Ill., IT advocacy group, on behalf of two of its communities, gave $20,000 to four organizations that promote information technology training for deserving students, low-income families and military veterans, according to officials.
The gifts are part of CompTIA’s ongoing philanthropic efforts under the direction of its Creating IT Futures Foundation.
ComptTIA’s IT Security Community gave $5,000 each to to the Illinois Technology Foundation and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. The non-profit ITF will use the funds to support its cadre of 300 volunteers who bring information technology training into public-school classroomsto develop IT talent and leadership among young people in the Land of Lincoln.
The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation is aimed at children in need in the Bay State capital. Zak Karsan, vice president of business development for ValutLogic and member of the CompTIA IT Security Community, says the CompTIA donation will be added to the $50,000 the organization has already allocated to its Players Choice Grant “to build computer labs in Boston Public Schools providing technology to children in need and keeping Boston Strong!”
Information technology training for young adults, wounded vets
In the other information technology training funding round announced this week, CompTIA’s IT Services and Support Community chose Year Up and the Wounded Warrior Project’s Training Transition Academy to receive $5,000 in donations each.
“The Wounded Warrior Project offers our veterans a wonderful program via the Transition Training Academy, which gives them the opportunity to succeed in a career in IT,” said Mike Schuler, chairman of the CompTIA IT Services and Support Community and vice president of U.S. sales at Canada-based Zylog Systems Ltd.
Year-Up, a one-year intensive training program, “provides an opportunity for low-income young adults to gain both training and internship from a sponsor company, significantly improving their prospects,” Schuler added. “Year Up provides a means for young people to get the necessary technical and soft skills required for a good paying job in IT.”
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