Career Development

  • Research Confirms Value of Printing, Document Imaging Certification

    by Amy Carrado  | October 18, 2010
    Technicians with expertise in printing and document imaging are needed given the sheer number of printers, copiers and multi-functional devices and recent surge in shipment growth. For the first time in more than a decade, the worldwide hardcopy peripherals market experienced double-digit growth. According to IDC, the total market grew 20 percent year-over-year to 29 million units in the second quarter of 2010 while shipment value increased 14 percent year-over-year to $13.3 billion.Moreover, th ...
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  • Giving Back to Those Who Served

    by Lisa Fasold  | September 29, 2010
    Last year, Andy Havens, a former airman with the U.S. Air Force, took his first step to making his dream of an IT career a reality. He had read on Military.com that the CompTIA Educational Foundation’s Creating Futures program gave free training to military veterans. “This was an opportunity beyond belief for me since I really wanted to get into the IT field. I have been fascinated and intrigued by computers and their application to real world needs since I had taken a programming class in colle ...
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  • Strata Finds Warm Reception on Global Stage

    by Lisa Fasold  | September 24, 2010
    Our U.S.-based CompTIA executives finished up a world tour this month which focused, in part, on how IT certification is advancing on the global stage.  They found that CompTIA’s set of Strata certificates get a warm reception abroad.CompTIA's Strata program offers fundamental-to-advanced certificates that validate a wide range of subjects in IT. Students and professionals holding a Strata certificate demonstrate that they have the knowledge required to enter and excel in IT and technology-relat ...
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  • Bleak IT Jobs Picture Points to Education Necessity

    by Larry Walsh  | September 08, 2010
    Dim news of the U.S. unemployment situation seems inescapable. The official unemployment rate stands at 9.5 percent. Despite trillions (with a big T) of dollars spent on stimulus programs, the sluggishly recovering recession isn’t doing much to spur jobs creation.Comparatively speaking, the tech sector’s unemployment rate – roughly 6 percent – isn’t bad. During the depths of the recession, IT vendors shed tens of thousands of workers, and solution providers eliminated jobs as spending grounded t ...
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  • Collaborate to Maximize Global Giving

    by Lisa Fasold  | August 18, 2010
    Philanthropic representatives from a dozen leading IT companies met with the CompTIA Educational Foundation as part of its first-ever IT Philanthropy Summit last week during Breakaway. The invitation-only summit provided participants the opportunity to leverage and collaborate with other leaders to make all industry philanthropic programs more effective.The attendees represented AMD, Applied Materials, CDW, Dell, IBM, Intel, iSys, Microsoft, SalesForce.com Foundation, Symantec, VMware and Xerox. ...
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  • Break the Nerd Stereotype

    by Bob Dirkes  | August 11, 2010
    Why should IT technicians inside an organization become “User Advocates?”  The answers given by Mike Meyers, president of Total Seminars LLC, were typed in capital letters on one slide: “MONEY, POWER, NERDFAME.”Meyers’ point to the more than 20 IT educators attending his energetic E2C session at Breakaway, called “Becoming a User Advocate,” was that they should motivate their high-school and community college students to break the “classic nerd” stereotypes of being introverted and reclusive.  W ...
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  • Breaking Down Barriers in the E2C Market

    by Bob Dirkes  | August 11, 2010
    Overheard at the Education to Careers (E2C) Summit today at CompTIA Breakaway in the San Antonio Hill Country…Alan Rowland, CompTIA’s business development manager for education, spied Danny Perry in the audience and asked him to come to the front of the room.  Perry’s organization – Tech Corps Texas – is helping “students to complete their education and to compete in the global workforce.”  The program aims to reach middle and high schoolers with structured IT learning programs at an early age.  ...
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  • Education How-To's at Breakaway

    by Lisa Fasold  | August 09, 2010
    Breakaway brings you the best of tools for VARs and MSPs, but there’s also a whole track of sessions dedicated to the certification audience.  Hear about the new academic version of the CompTIA Authorized Partner Program (CAPP), an introduction to the Getting America Back to Work initiative, plus updates from Academic Advisory Council members. Technology educators need access to the most current information to keep their skills sharp. CompTIA has launched several online resources for educators.  ...
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  • Education How-To's at Breakaway

    by Lisa Fasold  | August 09, 2010
    Breakaway brings you the best of tools for VARs and MSPs, but there’s also a whole track of sessions dedicated to the certification audience.  Hear about the new academic version of the CompTIA Authorized Partner Program (CAPP), an introduction to the Getting America Back to Work initiative, plus updates from Academic Advisory Council members. Technology educators need access to the most current information to keep their skills sharp. CompTIA has launched several online resources for educators.  ...
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  • Certified Forever or On the Continuing Education Death March?

    by Rick Bauer  | August 03, 2010
    Part One of an Occasional SeriesWe recently tweaked a few people by announcing the need for some certification holders in the federal government to maintain a current certification level, essentially updating their skills every three years.The reaction in a few circles was immediate, swift and passionate—CompTIA had reneged on its “certified for life” promise, this was some sales jive for getting people to take more exams, and in other places the reaction was even more extreme—it was the sure si ...
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  • Nate Teplow Shares His Insight on Future Leaders, Life and Tech Experiences

    by Brian Sherman | Oct 24, 2017
    While his friends had dreams of climbing the corporate ladder in finance or working with a big four accounting firm, Nate Teplow sought the excitement of a tech career. The chair of CompTIA's Future Leader's Community shared his thoughts on cross-generation collaboration and improving the new work environment in this this month's member spotlight article.
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