CompTIA enlists in National Campaign to Employ U.S. Veterans

Troops to Tech Careers offers IT training, certification and job placement services
The Troops to Tech Careers program offered by CompTIA, a non-profit
trade association for the information technology (IT) industry, is easing the
transition of veterans from military to civilian life by providing a pathway to
successful careers in IT through education, credentialing and employment.
CompTIA is recognized as an authority on IT education, certification and
advocacy on behalf of the IT industry and its workforce. Its vision of the IT
landscape is informed by more than 30 years of global perspective and more
than 2,200 members and 1,000 business partners that span the entire IT
industry.

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.

How it Works
After an initial assessment, veterans are directed to training options
appropriate for their interests and skill sets. 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.

The amount of preparation an individual needs before sitting for a
certification exam varies depending on their level of technology knowledge
and skill. Individuals who have been working in an IT position in the military
may be ready for the exam with a few weeks of self-study or online training.
Others may require a more intensive and lengthier boot camp style class or
college course.

Since its launch in the late summer of 2011, more than 6,405 veterans have
gone through the Troops to Tech Program and have earned 8,133 CompTIA
certifications.

Why Is This Significant?
It’s a known fact that employers depend on IT certifications to make hiring
decisions. According to a 2011 CompTIA research report, 64 percent of IT
hiring managers rated certifications as having extremely high or high value in
validating the skills and expertise of job candidates. In addition, eight in ten
HR professionals surveyed believed IT certifications will grow in usefulness
and importance over the next two years.

Employers rely on certifications when hiring because certified IT workers
have a greater ability to understand new and complex technologies; are more
productive and bring more insightful problem solving to the workplace.
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.

The final step of the Troops to Tech program is assistance in securing
employment, The Troops to Tech Careers corporate registry lists the companies
and organizations that support the 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.
For more information, visit CompTIA Troops to Tech Careers, www.troopstotechcareers.org

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