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Jul 30, 2012

Four Organizations are Latest Recipients of CompTIA Member Community Donations

Downers Grove, Ill., July 30, 2012CompTIA, the leading non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, announced today the donation of $20,000 to four different charities on behalf of two if its member communities.

The CompTIA Vendor Advisory Council, which includes representatives from leading technology hardware manufacturers and software vendors, donated $5,000 each to The Stride Center, a non- profit social venture working to empower economic self-sufficiency for individuals and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area; and to Cyril Wengert Elementary School in Las Vegas,  

The CompTIA Partner 500 Advisory Council, made up of large solution provider businesses, donated $5,000 each to Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE), one of the nation’s first organizations to focus on serving the needs of children of prisoners; and Genesys Works, a not-for-profit organization with a proven record of enabling inner-city high school students to succeed as corporate technology professionals.

This is the second consecutive year that CompTIA member communities have made donations to deserving IT-related charities. Money for the donations comes from the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA.

Cyril Wengert Elementary School was recommended for the award by two CompTIA members located in Las Vegas, XiloCore and Business Continuity Technologies. The donation will improve the computer network at the school, recognized as a five-star top performing school in the Clark County School District despite most student families living below the poverty line.

“We are honored to be recognized by CompTIA and appreciate the donation,” said Wengert Principal Suhaila Mustafa. “Everyone knows about school budget cuts that make the news every day. We will use CompTIA’s donation to make improvements that will directly affect our students. We appreciate all the support given to us by XiloCore and Business Continuity Technologies, who prove their commitment to our community through our students.”

“At CompTIA we recognize that the future of our world will depend on children now in our elementary schools,” said Charles Eaton, executive director of the Creating IT Futures Foundation. “It is truly amazing what Wengert Elementary School has accomplished in spite of its challenges. We are proud to help and hope that we can impact the students in a positive way.”

"When a student comes to The Stride Center and does well, it's like planting a sapling tree in a blighted place," said Barrie Hathaway, executive director, The Stride Center. “Our program provides water and sunshine, and they get jobs and they take root. Around that tree grows flowers and more trees, and pretty soon you have an oasis in a former wasteland. If you can get a few oases going, eventually, these communities are going to lift up.”

“I think the biggest benefit that the students receive from the Genesys program is the self confidence that they gain. At the end of this program, the students walk away knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can contribute and be successful in the workplace,” said Steve Wilburn, senior vice president of IT at NRG Energy.

CompTIA Member Communities form 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.

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Steven Ostrowski
Director, Corporate Communications