CompTIA Board of Directors Establishes $1 Million Match Grant Challenge for Creating Futures Program

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The elected leadership of the Association is demonstrating its support and commitment to Creating Futures by funding this challenge

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Educational Foundation announced today a $1 million challenge grant has been awarded to its Creating Futures program by the CompTIA Board of Directors.

The challenge grant will match on a dollar for dollar basis up to $1 million in cash and in-kind donations made to the Creating Futures program in 2008 by contributing matching funds to the program's endowment.

Creating Futures is an initiative of the CompTIA Education Foundation that is providing career opportunities to groups who have historically been under-represented in the IT workforce, including veterans transitioning out of the military; individuals with disabilities; at-risk youth; and dislocated workers. The program works with employers to identify their hiring needs, then tailors education and training programs to help individuals obtain the skills employers are looking for.

“The elected leadership of the Association is demonstrating its support and commitment to Creating Futures by funding this challenge,” said John Venator, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “Creating Futures has already brought into the IT industry workforce 130 individuals who may not have otherwise had the chance to embark on a career in technology. The $1 million challenge grant gives great impetus to our efforts to expand Creating Futures programs to reach 1,000 individuals in 2008.”

The announcement of the challenge grant was made at CompTIA Colloquium, an invitation-only symposium where industry, academic and government IT education executives and leaders come together to shape the future of global technology learning. The conference is being held this week at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

For more information on the CompTIA Educational Foundation and Creating Futures, visit http://www.creatingfutures.us/.

About the CompTIA Educational Foundation
Established in 1998, the CompTIA Educational Foundation’s mission is to develop qualified and productive entry level IT workers, with the hopes of eliminating the skill shortages within the industry. The Foundation receives support from individuals, industry leaders, companies and the government through contributions and grants. This support has helped more than 700 people to pursue careers in the IT industry. For more information, visit http://www.creatingfutures.us/.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the world's $3 trillion information technology industry. CompTIA membership extends into more than 100 countries and includes companies at the forefront of innovation; the channel partners and solution providers they rely on to bring their products to market; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their technology investments. For more information, visit http://www.comptia.org.

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Steven Ostrowski
CompTIA
Phone: 630-678-8468
Email: sostrowski @ comptia.org

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