CompTIA Educational Foundation Presents IT Merit Awards to 21 Individuals

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Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments of students and adult learners preparing for careers in technology

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Without a ready supply of trained, certified IT professionals to install, operate and maintain technology systems, we’re risking a slowdown in growth and innovation. That’s why programs such as the CompTIA Educational Foundation IT Student Merit Awards are so important. We’re pleased to provide financial support to students who are the future of our industry.

Twenty one high school students, college students and adult learners are one step closer to rewarding careers in the information technology (IT) industry after receiving IT Student Merit Awards from the Computing Technology Association (CompTIA) Educational Foundation.

The CompTIA Educational Foundation IT Student Merit Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments by students and adult learners who have trained for and received CompTIA certification. Merit Award winners receive cash awards of $250 for use toward their continuing education.

“Forecasts of shortages of qualified IT workers are predicted for the near future,” said John Venator, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “Without a ready supply of trained, certified IT professionals to install, operate and maintain technology systems, we’re risking a slowdown in growth and innovation. That’s why programs such as the CompTIA Educational Foundation IT Student Merit Awards are so important. We’re pleased to provide financial support to students who are the future of our industry.”

CompTIA Educational Foundation IT Student Merit Award winners for Spring 2008 are:

Florida – Jesse Cleveland and Ian Hopkins, South Tech Academy, Boynton Beach

Massachusetts – Vinny DeOliveira, Keefe Technical School, Framingham

Michigan – Burt Carr, Michael Coble, Paula Coley, Marcalene Dickerson, Ali Haraj, Andrea Lewis, and Nicholas Watson, Focus: HOPE Information Technologies Center, Detroit

Missouri – Chad Snow, Herndon Career Center, Raytown

New Jersey – Casey Collins, Joshua Crawford, Richard DeLeon, Manuel Gonzalez, and Wackeem Stanley, Edison Job Corps, Edison

Pennsylvania – Jon Tice and Michael Vautrin, Monroe Career & Technical Institute, Bartonsville

Washington – Andrew Le and Glenn Nordman, Sartori Education Center, Renton

Wisconsin – Joseph Rawling, Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee

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 assisted more than 1,000 people in their pursuit of 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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