CompTIA Educational Foundation Expands IT Merit Award Program

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All CompTIA Learning Alliance member students now eligible.

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The CompTIA Learning Alliance recognizes training providers who have met our quality standards for delivering certification education and training. CLA members are actively engaged in fostering the spirit of continued learning. We’re pleased to support their efforts.

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Educational Foundation announced today it is expanding a program that provides financial assistance to students and adult learners preparing for careers in the information technology (IT) industry.

Eligibility for the CompTIA IT Merit Award program has been extended to students enrolled in classes delivered by training providers that are members of CompTIA Learning Alliance (CLA).

Students enrolled in technology curriculum at academic institutions that are members of the CompTIA Education to Careers program continue to be eligible for CompTIA IT Merit Awards.

The announcement of the IT Merit Award program expansion 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.

“As the result of a generous gift by the CompTIA Board of Directors, the Educational Foundation is able to extend financial assistance to even more deserving students preparing for careers in our industry,” said John Venator, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “The CompTIA Learning Alliance recognizes training providers who have met our quality standards for delivering certification education and training. CLA members are actively engaged in fostering the spirit of continued learning. We’re pleased to support their efforts.”

CLA members can nominate a deserving student who has shown exceptional talent, determination or special effort in achieving a CompTIA certification. Each winning student will receive a $250 award from the CompTIA Educational Foundation to be used toward continuing education on their path to a career in technology.

The CompTIA Educational Foundation IT Student Merit Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments by students and adult learners who have trained for and received CompTIA certification. Funding for the awards comes from an industry endowment. For more information on the CompTIA Educational Foundation IT Student Merit Awards, visit http://www.creatingfutures.us/it_merit_awards.aspx.

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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