New Training Program Aims to Diversify IT

By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 11-06-2006

The CompTIA Educational Foundation has announced a new IT job training initiative under which it will create a fund to help returning veterans, people with disabilities and disadvantaged minorities break into the IT industry.

Announced at the organization's SMB Summit in Tucson, Ariz., from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, the Creating Futures program will be initially funded with $3 million drawn from the vendor membership of the organization, said Wayne Mize, chair of the CompTIA board of directors who also serves as vice president at the Netsourcing Business Center in the Document Solutions & Services Division of Ricoh U.S. in West Caldwell, N.J.

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According to Mize, CompTIA plans to solicit additional funds from its membership to add additional tax-deductible funds to the program.

"The idea is to introduce people to technology as part of an effort to expand the base of technology jobs in the U.S.," said Mize.

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