July 26 – July 28, 2016 | Caribe Royale, Orlando FL

Partner Summit Agenda

Programming for this year’s event will continue to be developed and updated. Please check back periodically as we will continue to add updates as they become available.

Tuesday, July 26th
7:30 am – 3:30 pm Registration
7:45 – 9:00 am
Joint Breakfast in Partner Expo

Meet representatives from leading academic content publishing companies as they display and discuss their latest publications, products and learning materials while networking with peers.

Learning Partners Track
Academy Educator Track
9:00 – 9:10 am
CompTIA Welcome & Announcements
(During each breakout)

Cybersecurity Analyst+: The Next Security Certification from CompTIA

This presentation covers all the information you need to know about the newest security certification from CompTIA: Cybersecurity Analyst+. Robin Abernathy will review where this certification fits into CompTIA’s certification roadmap, discuss the topic breakdown and objective weighting and also review jobs where this certification will be helpful.

Robin Abernathy, Content Developer Kaplan – Transcender

9:10 – 9:45 am Building an Innovative Learning Organization: A Framework to Build a Smarter Workforce, Adapt to Change, and Drive Growth

Institute a culture of learning to boost organizational performance and agility. What makes organizations successful? Today, most successful companies are learning organizations. Building an Innovative Learning Organization shows you how to join their ranks and bring your organization up to the head of the class. This book is a practical, actionable guide on how to boost performance, successfully manage change, and innovate more quickly

Russell Sarder, Author, Entrepreneur, and CEO of NetCom Learning

9:45 – 11:00 am

Building a Cyber Workforce
The headlines continue to bombard us with stories showing the latest cyber-attacks and the success that hackers are having at our expense. What are the best strategies that companies are adopting to stem the hacking tide?

Topics will include:

  • Essential defense and monitoring skills that every cyber worker should have

  • The skill set of the future: What it is, and how you train for it

  • Training solutions to get workers today’s skills

  • Bridging the gap from formalized, external training to on-the-job training

  • The use of teams, internships and other tactics to build a workforce

  • Performance-based training and testing: Perspectives

Moderated by Dr. James Stanger

Tim Crothers, Senior Director Cybersecurity at Target
Ron Culler, CTO/Executive Vice President, Secure Designs, Inc.
Charles Kolodgy, Senior Security Strategist, IBM Security

PC Diagnostic Clinic Engaging Student Success

Presenters will share their success and knowledge on developing a PC Diagnostic Clinic where the students are engaged while repairing PC's for the community. Presenters will share how they developed a five-hour free, open to the public PC Diagnostic clinic, and how more than 100 people came to have their PCs, Macs and laptops serviced. The clinic’s 20 computer-technology students diagnosed and fixed problems, including minor repairs, virus and spam removal and file-system cleanup.

Gerald Kearns and Deanne Cranford-Wesley - Forsyth Technical Community College

11:00– 11:15 am
Networking in the Publisher and Product Expo

Meet representatives from leading content publishing companies as they display and discuss their latest publications, products and learning materials.

11:15 – 12:15 pm

Speed Partnering:
Get to know your fellow training partners, content providers, corporate learning and development teams and IT leaders.

*Bring plenty of business cards and get ready to network and make great connections!

Integrating a PC Build into the online classroom
Online technology courses have their challenges and one that many students face is the assembly of a PC outside of a classroom. Scott Beckstrand will share the requirements, the process, and the pros and cons of this activity based on his experiences at Southern Nevada Community College

Scott Beckstrand, Professor, College of Southern Nevada

12:15 – 12:30 pm
Networking Break
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Conference Lunch with Guest Speaker

Cultivating the Advantage: Forward Thinking Business Psychologies
Organizations and individuals who want to succeed in today’s ultra- competitive world must prepare themselves and their colleagues to perform in a marketplace that will not accept mediocrity. Relying on yesterday’s methods and performing to dated standards can be a hindrance and spell failure. Today, it is necessary to learn proven principles that develop effective mental skills and spark new ideas in order to reach the highest levels of success.

In this high energy and interactive program, participants will discover new ways to break through mental barriers and stagnant thinking. Also included are important strategies that are essential to increase productivity and positively impact others. In addition, participants will learn powerful activities and effective skills they can use immediately to stimulate creative thinking and unlock the potential in themselves and their team.
Dennis Budinich, Senior Vice President and Chief Culture Officer, Investors Bank

1:30 – 2:00 pm
Networking in the Publisher and Product Expo

Meet representatives from leading content publishing companies as they display and discuss their latest publications, products and learning materials.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Global IT Training and Certification Trend Overview

Moderator: John Mongeon, CompTIA

John McGlinchey, Senior Vice President, CompTIA
Shelley Morris, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
Claude Williams, Vice President of Sales, Phoenix Technology Solutions
Kim Metz, Director, Dell Education Services

Learning Linux! Labs and more Labs!
NDG has developed a library of Linux courses that are designed to help learners with zero knowledge of Linux prepare for the CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Linux+ certifications. During this session NDG will present their lab libraries for “Linux Unhatched”, “Linux Essentials”, “Linux I”, and Linux II”. All are aligned to CompTIA certifications (NETLAB+) and the NDG Linux courses.

Rich Weeks, President, NDG

3:00 – 4:00 pm

CompTIA Product Update

CompTIA Product Team:
Dr. James Stanger, Teresa Sears, Tazneen Kasem, Patrick Lane

How to Hack Your Brain

Studying for certifications is hard work. How can a student’s personality and thinking styles indicate effective study habits for that student?

What does learning psychology research contribute to the effort? How can instructors more effectively help students prepare for the certification exam?

Learn more about how people learn and retain information, how students can take ownership of their own learning processes, and how they can better prepare to demonstrate mastery of content on the all-important certification exams.

Jill West, Author, Cengage Learning
Jean Andrews, Author, Cengage Learning

4:00 – 4:15 pm
Networking in the Publisher and Product Expo

Meet representatives from leading content publishing companies as they display and discuss their latest publications, products and learning materials.

4:15 – 4:45 pm

Skilling Up Personnel:
How Apex Systems; a billion dollar staffing company incorporates training and certification into loyal, productive contractors.

Michele McCauley, Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Development, Apex Systems
Erica Woods, Manager, Contractor & Community Relations, Apex Systems

CompTIA Project+ '20 Day Challenge' - your guide to an accelerated study plan!

Learn how to encourage Project+ students toward a consistent, effective study approach with our ‘20 day challenge’ accelerated study plan! The plan is designed to most effectively combine reading and practice tests in preparing for the exam in just 20 days!

Katie Craig, Program Manager/Faculty, Information Technology, Western Governors University

4:45 - 5:15 pm

CompTIA Learning Partner Awards

5:15 - 6:30 pm

Reception in the Product Expo
Social Time! Get to know your fellow attendees and CompTIA staff members. Join us in the Publisher and Product Expo for the reception

Wednesday, July 27th
7:30 am – 3:30 pm Registration
7:45 - 9:00 am Conference Breakfast, Registration, and Partner in Expo

Pick up your badge and conference materials for the event and meet representatives from leading content publishing companies as they display and discuss their latest publications, products and learning materials.

8:30 – 10:00 am

We’re Talking About a Revolution Here!

Workshop and Whitepaper
A look at changing thinking about the IT Skills-Gap and using training and development to embrace digital disruption and focus on reinvention and what it means for IT professionals. Outcomes of this interactive session will be delivered post event in a whitepaper for industry use.

Jim Lucari, Senior Manager, Certification Solutions Development, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Larry Walsh, CEO and Chief Analyst, The 2112 Group

9:00 – 10:00

The Power of CIN
What are you missing?
The CompTIA Instructor Network offers absorbing discussions, valuable webinars, and high quality collaboration opportunities. Immerse yourself in CIN and learn new ways to expand the opportunities of your learners.

Stephen Schneiter and Tazneen Kasem

10:00 – 11:00 am

Successful Learning Solutions

Moderated by Garrett Fleishman

Tim Broom, co-founder and CEO, ITProTV
John R. Heyman, Director Content Development and Delivery, Unisys University
Tami King, President, Technically Speaking

Classroom Strategies for Hands-on Skills, Employability, and Certification

The latest versions of CompTIA’s certification exams bring new challenges for students and instructors due to increased rigor, deeper cognitive understanding, and demand for hands-on skills. We will examine practical and unique strategies that can be tailored for secondary, post-secondary, and commercial training instructors. Our focus will be on the A+ certification; however, the strategies can easily be tailored for any course you are teaching.

Jean Andrews, Author, Cengage Learning
Walt Jaqua, Information Technology Instructor, South Bend Community School Corporation

11:00 - 11:15 am
Networking in the Publisher and Product Expo

Meet representatives from leading content publishing companies as they display and discuss their latest publications, products and learning materials

11:15 – 12:15 pm

IT Department of the Future

Tejas Vashi, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Marketing, Learning at Cisco

Takin’ Care of Business - Certification on the Job!
Employers, educators and economic development! Oh My! What is the value of the certifications that your students are earning? This panel of employers and educators will share their views on current and future technology needs in the workplace.

Jill Thielmann and Brian Matzelle, CompTIA

Panelist to be announced

12:15 – 12:30 pm
Networking in the Publisher and Product Expo
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Joint Conference Lunch with Speaker
Society 3.0 - The Future of Work, Skills, Careers and Education in a Digital World

Dr. Tracey Wilen, Thought Leader, Speaker
Rapid changes in society and technology have changed the workforce and employment. Today there are new pressures on workers to change the way they prepare and plan for modern day careers. These changes also require employers create work environments that ensure a qualified workforce and educators prepare them for future work. This multimedia presentation focuses on 10 trends that impact jobs, 10 new skills that are needed today to remain relevant, and how to manage your career in a digital world. Using multimedia and current industry examples this speech can be customized to your unique workforce needs. The presentation includes highlights from the books “Society 3.0 How Technology Is Reshaping Education, Work and Society”, “Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders”, and "Employed for Life, 21st Century Career Trends."

Topics covered

  • Societal Changes - How globalization and societal forces have created a new workplace.
  • Technology Innovations - What technologies are changing the work, skills and careers?
  • The Future of Work – What will work look like in the future?
  • Future Skills – What new skills are required in a digital world?
  • Evolution of Education- How do we shift from a classical world to a digital world?
  • The Future of You – Is it time for a career selfie?
1:30 – 2:00 pm
Networking in the Publisher and Product Expo

Meet representatives from leading content publishing companies as they display and discuss their latest publications, products and learning materials.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Partner Track –
Voice of the Customer: Roundtable Sessions

Join the discussion on various topics. You’ll have 15 minutes at each table.
Select four different tables over the course of this session:

  • Table 1: Understanding 8140 and NICE
  • Table 2: Utilizing New CompTIA Authorized Partner Program Website
  • Table 3: How to leverage CompTIA CEU (Continuing Education Units) Program
  • Table 4: Training and Certification ROI, Stan Godard, Director, Services Training and Knowledge Management, Ricoh
  • Table 5: Incenting Employees to Train and Certify
  • Table 6: State of Technical Content, John Mongeon, CompTIA
  • Table 7: CompTIA Instructor Network
  • Table 8: CompTIA Product Portfolio

The BLUEPRINT: How to successfully TRAIN, MENTOR and COACH students for a career as an IT Professional.

Raymond Bell will share the HOPE Project Blueprint - a formula for obtaining an entry level Help Desk or Desk Side Support position. We have identified 8 modules that are essential to the success of our students. We’re turning graduates into employees! Join Raymond to learn his secrets.

Raymond Bell President, The HOPE Project

3:00 - 3:15 pm  

Academy Partner Networking Break

3:00 - 3:30 pm Learning Partner Event Conclusion and Close  
3:15 – 4:15 pm  

Integrating Linux into your CompTIA A+ Course

The CompTIA A+ 90x series introduction of Linux is a big challenge for instructors. Mike shows how easy it is to integrate Linux into an existing A+ or Network+ curriculum using what you already know about Windows. Mike will cover features such as distros, command line, utilities, and maintenance.

Mike Meyers - President and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC and author of the All-In-One A+ Certification Exam Guide

4:15 - 5:15 pm

CompTIA Academy Update

There’s a lot going on at CompTIA in 2016 / 2017. The Academic team will present updates on new certifications, retirement dates, exam pricing, purchasing methods, and other product and program news during this session. Conference Prize drawing will follow the update.

CompTIA Academic Team – Presenters

5:15 – 6:30 pm

Reception and Prize Drawing in the Publisher and Product Expo (must be present to win)

Thursday, July 28
7:45 – 9:00 am


9:00 – 3:15pm
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