CompTIA Communities Give Back to Aid IT Students and Disaster Relief

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Funding will underserved groups prepare for tech careers and provide assistance to Joplin tornado victims

Three member communities of CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, donated funds to non-profits to aid in preparing students for a career in IT and provide relief after natural disasters.

Each of CompTIA’s member communities – groupings of industry leaders with common interests in advancing specific technologies, markets and business segments of the IT industry – are donating $5,000 each in 2011 to IT-related charities.

The Healthcare IT Community voted to give $5,000 for natural disaster relief groups to aid victims of the tornados in Joplin, Mo.

“As chair of the Healthcare IT community, and as a member, I believe we all share a strong sense of sympathy and compassion for those affected by this tragedy as this could easily have been our own community, our own neighborhood,” said Chris Johnson, medical IT consultant for Untangled Solutions LLC. “Just thinking about this misfortune from a healthcare IT standpoint, the patient charts that had been blown all over; I see the potential legal and financial repercussions that can come about as a result of this disaster. Anything we can do to help in this time of need is of the up most importance.”

The Unified Communications Community donated $5,000 to CompTIA’s own Creating IT Futures Foundation which screens, trains, places and mentors veterans, displaced workers and under-represented populations in six-month paid IT apprenticeships in order to gain the experience needed for an IT career.

“The UC Community enthusiastically chose to contribute to the Creating IT Futures Foundation as a means of adding to the industry’s talent pool while helping people in need of additional support,” said Pam Avila, UC Community chair and UC strategies expert for Sierra Summit Group. “Industry members are well aware of the shortage of technical personnel and we find it gratifying to play even a small role in lessening that shortage while at the same time helping individuals in need. CompTIA is new to those UC Community members who come from telecom and video, so until now, they were unaware of the breadth and depth of CompTIA’s programs and industry involvement. The donation serves as a good example of what we can do together under the banner of CompTIA.”

The Cloud Community gave $5,000 to YearUp, which provides urban young adults with the skills, experience and support to gain professional careers and higher education.

“Our Creating IT Futures Foundation has been partnering with YearUp during the past year to help them build up their program in Chicago,” said Jim Hamilton, vice president of member communities, CompTIA. “Philanthropy is one of the four main focuses of CompTIA for its members. The others include education – crafting best practices and training for the IT channel; certification – providing vendor-neutral skills assessments worldwide; and advocacy – creating a strong voice for the IT channel on Capitol Hill.”

IT companies interested in becoming more involved in IT philanthropy can contact the Creating IT Futures Foundation on how they can make a difference.

CompTIA Communities are the foundation of the association’s initiatives, programs, education and research. These member-driven groups collaborate to advance specific technologies, vertical markets or business segments that are vital to the IT industry. CompTIA Community members include IT professionals, vendors, distributors and thought leaders who work together on the issues and programs that will shape the future of the IT industry.

About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, CompTIA is the recognized authority for IT education and credentials and the primary advocate for IT businesses and workers. Through its foundation, CompTIA also enables disadvantaged populations to gain the skills they need for employment in the IT industry. CompTIA’s vision of the IT landscape is shaped by more than 25 years of global perspective and more than 2,000 members and 1,000 business partners. For more information, visit http://www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/comptia.

Contact:
Steven Ostrowski
Director, Corporate Communications
CompTIA
630-678-8468
sostrowski(at)comptia(dot)org

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