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Aug 07, 2012

CompTIA Small Business Owner Community Selects Two Groups as Recipients of Charitable Donations

Downers Grove, Ill., August 7, 2012CompTIA, the leading non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, announced today that its Small Business Owners Community has donated $10,000 to two Chicago-area organizations helping to attract young people to careers in technology.

Donations of $5,000 each will be made by the CompTIA Small Business Owners Community to the Illinois Technology Foundation and Year Up Chicago. Money for the donations comes from the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA.

So far in 2012, CompTIA member communities have donated $50,000 to organizations in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. This is the second consecutive year that CompTIA member communities have provided financial support to deserving IT-related groups.

“As a leader of the IT industry, we feel it is our duty to support well deserving organizations like the Illinois Technology Foundation and Year Up Chicago that provide assistance and support to our future generations, who already possess a strong passion for information technology,” said Frank Picarello, chief operating officer, CMIT Solutions, and chair of CompTIA’s Small Business Owner Community.

“It’s important to our members that we make a difference and have an impact on our local communities. We fully support the valuable work that both ITF and Year Up are doing to help instill knowledge and strength in the minds of young people,” Picarello added

The Illinois Technology Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of the technology talent pipeline in the state of Illinois. Their mission is to help students find successful careers in the field of technology by bringing the best possible IT talent and leadership directly into the classroom.

“ITF is focused on developing Illinois’ tech talent and keeping that talent local,” said ITF Chairman Bill Waas. “The $5,000 donation from CompTIA will help ITF sustain our mentoring programs, educational curriculums and student recognition awards like Fifty for the Future®.”\

Year Up is a charity program based in Boston with locations throughout the United States, including Chicago. Its mission is to provide low-income, urban young adults with job skills, internships and college credits through a one-year intensive training program. By doing so, Year Up hopes to empower young adults to achieve success in their educational and professional careers.

The CompTIA Small Business Owner Community is one of many member communities that help to advance the association’s initiative, programs, education and research. The Small Business Owner Community specifically focuses its efforts on the development of best practices, business fundamental education and resources for owners of emerging IT business with fewer than 50 employees. As a whole, CompTIA Community members include IT professionals, vendors, distributors and thought leaders who collaborate on the issues and programs that will shape the future of the IT industry.

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Kelsey Wieties