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Oct 17, 2012

Career Night for Transitioning Vets Planned by New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California

Leading IT association CompTIA will spotlight Troops to Tech Careers program

San Diego, October 17, 2012 – U.S. veterans interested in learning more about post-military careers in the information technology (IT) industry are invited to attend a Career Night sponsored by New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California.

The Career Night is planned for 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, at New Horizons San Diego, 7480 Miramar Road, Building B, Suite 202.

“At a time when other industries are shedding jobs, the IT industry continues to offer an abundance of career opportunities,” said Cindy Sutherland, vice president of career development, New Horizons CLC Career Development LLC. “Current estimates place the number of open IT jobs around the country at more than 280,000. With the proper training and certification, our veterans offer a ready-made solution for employers looking to fill these openings.”

The New Horizons Career Nights will provide veterans with comprehensive information on tools they can use to join the IT workforce. Topics scheduled to be covered include:

• A veteran’s success story
• Career opportunities
• Benefits and compliance
• Best practices for transition
• Why getting certified is important
• 2013 IT hiring and compensation trends

CompTIA, the non-profit association for the IT industry, will make a presentation on its Troops to Tech Careers initiative, a program that provides opportunities and resources to veterans interested in post-military careers in the IT field.

“CompTIA is pleased to team with New Horizons of Southern California in their efforts to support the men and women who have worked so tirelessly to protect and serve our country,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “The service and sacrifice that they have given to our nation makes it incumbent on all of us to ease their transition to civilian life.”

Troops to Tech Careers works through the public workforce system to ensure that returning veterans with the aptitude and interest in a technical IT career will receive the education, credentialing and job placement assistance needed to join the nation’s IT workforce.

After an initial assessment, veterans are directed to training options appropriate for their interests and skill sets. The education component of the program focuses on community colleges with long-standing relationships with local One Stop Career Centers as well as private training providers such as New Horizons of Southern California. The final step of the Troops to Tech program is assistance in securing employment, The Troops to Tech Careers corporate registry lists the companies and organizations who support the program and are willing to prioritize the hiring of IT certified veterans.

Since its launch in October 2011, more than 7,000 veterans have gone through the Troops to Tech Program.

For more details on the Veterans Career Night contact Tiffany David at 858-880-2506 or tdavid@nhsocal.com or Greg Olmen at 858-880-2514 or golmen@nhsocal.com.
About New Horizons of Southern California
New Horizons of Southern California is part of the world’s largest independent IT and computer training organization, with 300 centers in over 70 countries, New Horizons offers classes on subjects such as CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Red Hat, Adobe and Citrix. New Horizons has been continuously operating in the Southern California area since 1982. The SoCal group is headquartered in Anaheim and has locations in Culver City, Burbank, San Bernardino and San Diego.

About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA at www.facebook.com/CompTIA and twitter.com/comptia.

Steven Ostrowski
Director, Corporate Communications