Agenda

Instructor Training Sessions (Additional Charge to Attend)



  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

    CompTIA Partner Summit Breakfast

    Mix and mingle with other Partner Summit attendees at breakfast before the full day of CompTIA Instructor Training Courses.

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  • 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Registration

    At our registration tables you can pick up your partner badge and attendee bag. Training room location information can be found within the program guide you will receive or in the MyPartnerSummit app as well.

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  • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Analyzing This and That with CySA+

    Instructor: Nicholas Lane, Technical Instructor, New Horizons Learning Group 

    The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) CS0-001 certification is a mid-tier credential that concentrates on the rising population of security professionals responsible for monitoring, detecting, and responding to cybersecurity incidents. Here you will learn how to employ analytical tools and techniques for the protection, detection, analysis, investigation, and response to the numerous threats facing your organization.

    Who Should Attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a CySA+ course. Participants should have previous networking and cybersecurity experience and should hold at least Security+ certification or have equivalent experience.

    Analyzing This and That with CySA+ - CEU Approved for A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, PenTest+, CySA+

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Nicholas Lane

  • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Classroom Strategies for Hands-on Skills, Employability, and Certification with Network+

    Instructor: Walt Jaqua, Information Technology Instructor, South Bend Community School Corporation

    The latest CompTIA certification exams are bringing new challenges for students and instructors due to employer demands for deeper cognitive understanding and real-world, hands-on skills. How are we adapting in the classroom and in our own skill level to overcome these challenges? This session will examine practical strategies that can be tailored for your Network+ course including hands-on labs, exercises, and scenarios. Take away practical methods for balancing instruction and hands-on to maximize student success.

    Who should Attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Network+ course. Participants should have previous networking experience and should hold at least CompTIA A+ and/or Network+ certifications or have equivalent experience in networking.

    Classroom Strategies for Hands-on Skills, Employability, and Certification with Network+ -CEU Approved for A+, Network+ and Cloud+

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Walt Jaqua

  • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    CompTIA A+: Modernizing a Long-Time Favorite

    Instructor: Jill West, CIS Adjunct Instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Author, MJ West Enterprises, Inc.

    The CompTIA A+ certification continues to evolve to meet the demands of today’s IT job market. The structure and priorities of this certification show some significant shifts in the new Core 1 and Core 2 exams, with less emphasis on hardware and a growing demand for candidates to demonstrate soft skills and critical thinking skills, skills across operating systems, and diverse skills in scripting, mobile devices, cloud, and IoT. This training session will focus on lab ideas and concepts for new A+ content. We’ll also discuss how to design and build your own lab projects so you can customize your classroom to your students’ needs. Bring your laptop to follow along with the demos! 

    Who Should Attend: Instructors currently teaching CompTIA A+ or Introduction to IT courses. Participants should have basic understanding of computer concepts and operations.

    CompTIA A+: Modernizing a Long-Time Favorite - CEU Approved for A+

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Jill West

  • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Getting Under the Hood of Cybersecurity - Linux+ for Instructors

    Instructor: Lee McWhorter, IT Generalist and Educator at Woz U

    This course session will cover an overview and comparison of the new and old Linux+ exams as well as important lab topics such as installation and teaching the Command Line Interface (CLI).  This instructor led training will assist participants with classroom setup, hands-on labs, and other strategies to help your learners achieve success on their Linux+ exam.

    Who should Attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Linux+ course. Participants should have previous networking and Linux experience and should hold at least A+ certification or have equivalent experience.

    Linux+ for Instructors – CEU Approved for A+ and Linux+

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Lee McWhorter

  • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Making Security+ Stick with Virtual Labs

    Instructor: Anthony Sequeira, Online Trainer, CBT Nuggets

    We all know that students can sometimes struggle to master new material, especially when there is a lot of theory mixed with practical applications. We also know that it can be a struggle to outfit the live or virtual classroom with modern equipment for hands-on lab work. In this action-packed session, Anthony Sequeira will teach you how to deploy a variety of virtual lab options for use in any classroom or self-paced learning setting. The session includes plenty of detailed demonstrations of actual examples from various portions of the Security+ curriculum, making this session a great review of that material as well. 

    Who should Attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Security+ course. Participants should have previous networking and cybersecurity experience and should hold at least Network+ certification or have equivalent experience.

    Making Security+ Stick with Virtual Labs – CEU Approved for A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Anthony Sequeira

  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    CompTIA Instructor Network Lunch

    Mix and mingle with other Partner Summit attendees at lunch.

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  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Classroom Strategies for Hands-on Skills, Employability, and Certification with Network+

    Instructor: Walt Jaqua , Information Technology Instructor, South Bend Community School Corporation

    The latest CompTIA certification exams are bringing new challenges for students and instructors due to employer demands for deeper cognitive understanding and real-world, hands-on skills. How are we adapting in the classroom and in our own skill level to overcome these challenges? This session will examine practical strategies that can be tailored for your Network+ course including hands-on labs, exercises, and scenarios. Take away practical methods for balancing instruction and hands-on to maximize student success.

    Who should Attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Network+ course. Participants should have previous networking experience and should hold at least CompTIA A+ and/or Network+ certifications or have equivalent experience in networking.

    Classroom Strategies for Hands-on Skills, Employability, and Certification with Network+ -CEU Approved for A+, Network+ and Cloud+

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Walt Jaqua

  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    CompTIA A+: Modernizing a Long-Time Favorite

    Instructor:  Jill West, CIS Adjunct Instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Author, MJ West Enterprises, Inc.

    The CompTIA A+ certification continues to evolve to meet the demands of today’s IT job market. The structure and priorities of this certification show some significant shifts in the new Core 1 and Core 2 exams, with less emphasis on hardware and a growing demand for candidates to demonstrate soft skills and critical thinking skills, skills across operating systems, and diverse skills in scripting, mobile devices, cloud, and IoT. This training session will focus on lab ideas and concepts for new A+ content. We’ll also discuss how to design and build your own lab projects so you can customize your classroom to your students’ needs. Bring your laptop to follow along with the demos! 

    Who Should Attend: Instructors currently teaching CompTIA A+ or Introduction to IT courses. Participants should have basic understanding of computer concepts and operations.


    CompTIA A+: Modernizing a Long-Time Favorite - CEU Approved for A+

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Jill West

  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Making Security+ Stick with Virtual Labs

    Instructor: Anthony Sequeira, Online Trainer, CBT Nuggets

    We all know that students can sometimes struggle to master new material, especially when there is a lot of theory mixed with practical applications. We also know that it can be a struggle to outfit the live or virtual classroom with modern equipment for hands-on lab work. In this action-packed session, Anthony Sequeira will teach you how to deploy a variety of virtual lab options for use in any classroom or self-paced learning setting. The session includes plenty of detailed demonstrations of actual examples from various portions of the Security+ curriculum, making this session a great review of that material as well. 

    Who should Attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Security+ course. Participants should have previous networking and cybersecurity experience and should hold at least Network+ certification or have equivalent experience.

    Making Security+ Stick with Virtual Labs – CEU Approved for A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Anthony Sequeira

  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    PenTest+ For Instructors: Turning Your Training Environment Red

    Instructor:  Lee McWhorter, IT Generalist and Educator at Woz U

    This course session will cover an overview of PenTest+, and why it is important for security professionals, penetration testers, and bug bounty hunters.  Important lab topics such as nmapnetcat/shells, and scripting will be covered in detail.  This instructor led training will assist participants with classroom and hands-on labs as well as other strategies to help your learners achieve success on their PenTest+ exam. 

    Who should Attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a PenTest+ course. Participants should have previous networking and cybersecurity experience and should hold at least Security+ certification or have equivalent experience. A basic understanding on Linux commands will come in handy as well but not required.

    PenTest+ for InstructorsCEU Approved for A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, CySA+

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Lee McWhorter

  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Reach for the Sky with Cloud+

    Instructor: Nicholas Lane, Technical Instructor, New Horizons Learning Group   

    The CompTIA Cloud+ CV0-002 certification is an infrastructure credential that perfectly synergizes cloud computing and virtualization for the optimization and maintenance of cloud services. Here you will learn how to utilize and teach cloud computing and virtualization technologies, in addition to learning about the industry’s most popular cloud products.

    Who Should Attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Cloud+ course. Participants should have previous networking experience and should hold at least Network+ certification or have equivalent experience in networking and cloud technologies.

    Reach for the Sky with Cloud+ - CEU Approved for A+, Network+, Linux+ and Cloud+

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Nicholas Lane

  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    CompTIA Technology Vendor Fair

    Discover innovative products and services from CompTIA’s Vendor and Distributor Premier Members at the CompTIA Technology Vendor Fair associated with CompTIA ChannelCon.

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  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    CompTIA Networking Party

    Mix and mingle with attendees from CompTIA Partner Summit and CompTIA ChannelCon on the beautiful Grand Patio of the Bellagio Hotel.

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  • 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Registration

    At our registration tables you can pick up your partner badge and attendee bag. Training room location information can be found within the program guide you will receive or in the MyPartnerSummit app as well.

    Click here for more details.
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

    Great Eggspectations Breakfast

    Join CompTIA Partners and ChannelCon attendees at the Great Eggspectations Breakfast with IT writer, editor and storyteller T.C. Doyle.

    Drowning in “New”: How to Stay Street Smart in a World Where Change Comes at You from a Firehose

    Struggling to keep up with information overload? How about compressed technology lifecycles? If it feels that you cannot keep up, then this session is for you. In it, experts will share their tips and best practices for keeping a staff fully trained, customers adequately informed, and yourself from feeling overwhelmed. Learn how to evaluate new innovations, train your support staff and create new customer experiences.

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    TC Doyle

    Speaker

    Allison Crone

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    A Conversation with Shaquille O'Neal

    Speaker: Shaquille O'Neal, NBA Hall of Fame & 15-Time NBA All Star Player, Media Personality, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist

    Join us for an intimate one-on-one conversation with NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal as we discuss his career, how he became an entrepreneur, and why he went back to school to get his doctorate in education. Shaq is a member of the NBA Hall of Fame, 15-Time NBA All Star player, media personality, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and holds a PhD in Education. Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name — Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors, including membership in the NBA Hall of Fame. The four-time NBA Champion, 15-time NBA All Star, and three-time NBA Finals MVP has been named one of the most influential athletes by Forbes Magazine, in addition to being the highest ranked NBA athlete on Nielsen’s State of the Media: Year in Sports 2010 and Business Week’s Power Sports 100. But Shaq isn’t only a legendary athlete; he has also established himself as a powerful media personality and businessman over the years. Ranked among ‘‘The 100 Most Creative People in Business’’ last year by FastCompany Magazine, Shaq is currently an NBA analyst on TNT’s Emmy-award winning show, Inside the NBA. In addition to being an early investor in companies such as Google, Shaq has managed an increasingly robust personal brand, which has included television shows, a shoe line, and social media/tech products. The first verified celebrity account on Twitter, Shaq announced his NBA retirement via Tout, a new social media app that allows users to tape 15-second video statuses. In May 2012, he also received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. He compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 while completing 54 credit hours at Barry, mostly through online courses and video conferencing over four years. Shaq’s doctoral project explored how business leaders use humor in the workplace. 

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Shaquille O'Neal

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    CompTIA Partner Summit Welcome

    Learn about the latest IT industry and learning trends from CompTIA leadership. Hear how these trends are impacting how CompTIA is working to support Partners in transforming tech talent to meet the demands of today and tomorrow.

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Tim Herbert

  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    CompTIA Partner Summit Networking

    Join CompTIA Authorized Partners in the Expo Hall to learn about Official CompTIA Content and other important product updates.

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  • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    CompTIA Partner Summit Lunch

    Join Partner Summit attendees in learning directly from  CompTIA CEO and our EVP of Global Business Development about the exciting new initiatives CompTIA is working on to support efforts in transforming tech talent for the IT industry. 

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    James Stanger

    Speaker

    John McGlinchey

    Speaker

    Todd Thibodeaux

  • 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

    A Case for “Soft” Skills: Developing Balanced IT Professionals

    Speaker: James Taylor - Programs Manager/Training Analyst at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

    Do tech professionals need “soft” skills? Based on research conducted with cyber security, as well as risk and compliance teams, the answer is a resounding YES! My presentation makes a compelling case that “soft” skills are essential, and developing these skills is a must in the IT profession, not just something that is nice to have. As technology changes, IT professionals must adapt to meet the requirements and trends of business needs, making IT professionals one of the most flexible and indispensable professions in today’s business environment.  

    As a collective IT workforce, we must transform to meet the demands of the future; we must also make it imperative to meet the demands and expectations of our organizational cultures. To do so, a focus on “soft” skills, especially communication skills and emotional intelligence (also known as Emotional Quotient or E.Q.), should be a must for tech professionals to prioritize and implement into their professional toolsets. Overall, “soft” skills can be defined as personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. Even if you've got solid technical “hard” skills, employers will also require soft skills as you move through your career. Every role in the IT profession needs to balance and develop these hybrid skills - a combination of technical and non-technical “soft” skills.  

    Management, as well as instructors, of tech professionals need to consider this need as a primary focus and not only upskill and reskill to meet today’s emerging technology demands, we must also retool and expand these important non-technical skills as well, to help meet the expectations and demands of our organization cultures. The bottom-line is IT professionals need to be able to interact successfully with customers, convey their thoughts and ideas to others, interact with vendors, colleagues, and managers, and manage departments of other highly skilled technical people as their careers grow. 

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    James E. Taylor

  • 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

    Using ITF+ for Digital Literacy and an Entry Tool for IT/Cybersecurity Programs Aligned with CompTIA Certifications

    Using CompTIA’s entry level certification, ITF+, is an effective way to interest young adults in the pursuit of a cyber career but also to provide much-needed digital literacy for ALL students. Steve Linthicum, from the California Community College Chancellor’s office, and Cyberhub have developed an ITF+ program for California Community Colleges and Unified School Districts across the state with fantastic results. Learn how you can utilize ITF+ at your institution to introduce IT as a pathway to CompTIA certifications like A+ and Network+ as well as cyber careers.  

    Presenters:

    Steve Linthicum - Deputy Sector Navigator, Professor at Rancho Santiago Community College District

    Scott Young - Executive Director and President, SynED

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Steve Linthicum

    Speaker

    Scott Young

  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    Best Practices for Implementing Virtual Labs

    Instructor: Damon Garn, Technical Instructor and Co-Author 

    Hands-on opportunities are essential to the IT learning process, yet too often labs are glossed over or even skipped entirely. CompTIA LogicalLABS are a great way to re-energize your training delivery with demonstrations as well as to excite your students with practical experience in an easy to use lab environment. LogicalLABS require minimal setup, too, making them easy on your ops department.

    Who should attend: instructors, operations staff, owners who want to explore opportunities to increase student learning. No technical knowledge required.

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Damon Garn

  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    X Marks the Spot: Applying Competency Mapping and Assessments to Build a Cyber Workforce Baseline

    Speakers:  

    Pamela McComas - Program Manager at General Dynamics Information Technology

    Dr. Sarah Krawlzik - Cyber Solutions Architect at ICF

    As the cyber workforce continues to evolve and become more complex, government and commercial companies continue to struggle to define what their ever-changing workforce looks like. Recent graduates are entering the market armed with degrees and certifications, while other professionals are switching mid-career to enter the cyber market. How then do the recruiters and ranking officers who are hiring and managing the cyber workforce ensure they have the right people in the right roles? Fortunately, through the DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF) and NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, the heavy lifting has been done on establishing the workroles within cyber. And, we also have technology and methodology on our side. By applying knowledge and performance-based assessments and mapping those questions to skill levels and competencies, both industry and government alike can build a cohesive cyber workforce baseline. In our discussion, we’ll talk through the process of building workrole-based assessments that map to skill levels and the knowledge, skills, abilities and tasks defined in the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. We’ll show how these assessments can help in the recruitment process as a pre-screening tool and can help hiring managers identify strengths and areas for improvement within their existing workforce. Through this approach, the cyber industry can continue to build a baseline that align to the DoD frameworks we are using as our guide for ensuring we have a qualified cyber workforce.

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Pamela McComas

    Speaker

    Sarah Krawlzik

  • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    CompTIA Partner Summit Reception

    Join CompTIA Authorized Partners in the Expo Hall for networking and a Summit Reception.

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  • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Registration

    At our registration tables you can pick up your partner badge and attendee bag. Training room location information can be found within the program guide you will receive or in the MyPartnerSummit app as well.

    Click here for more details.
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    CompTIA Partner Summit Breakfast and Networking

    Mix and mingle with other Partner Summit attendees at breakfast before the full day of programming.

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  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Arriving at a Narrative: Emerging Tech and the Future Value of the IT Support Professional

    Instructor: Dr. James Stanger, Chief Technology Evangelist 

    We’ve seen unprecedented device diversity today; if you thought that “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) and smart phones brought about some pretty big changes, then wait until we start talking about what IoT has wrought at the help desk. We’ve also seen organizations worldwide change their operations in radical ways due to actual cloud adoption, the use of emerging technologies, and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation. As businesses transform themselves more quickly than ever before, what does the tech support professional need to know? Will there be a help desk anymore? 

    Join Dr. James Stanger as he reports on discussions he’s had with execs, hiring managers, and tech support pros around the world. He’ll discuss how traditional repetitive, script-based tech support is rapidly disappearing. Instead, we’re seeing tech support professionals having to learn more advanced skills including troubleshooting, security, and proactive consultative approaches. James will also discuss how managers are finding they are having trouble upskilling today’s workers because learning curves are steeper, yet they have less time available to teach workers than ever before. 

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    James Stanger

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Artificial Intelligence: Where We are Today and Its Impact on Tech Support Roles

    Instructor: David Tan, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, CrushBank

    Join CrushBank's David Tan as he provides insights into how companies are using Artificial Intelligence right now and how AI adoption will impact the role of traditional help desk/tech support IT pros. He will provide case studies, as well as information about how organizations can best use AI. Topics will include:

    • Differentiating between AI and machine learning
    • Where AI and ML are used the most today
    • How companies can prepare to use AI
    • Essential skill sets needed not only in AI workers, but for workers who are helping implement
    • The four types of ML algorithms used today
    • How to shop around for AI / ML-based solutions and ask smart questions, even without a PhD in computer science

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    David Tan

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    CompTIA Partner Summit Networking

    Join CompTIA Authorized Partners in the Expo Hall to learn about Official CompTIA Content and other important product updates.

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  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    De-Mystifying Cybersecurity Education: How Can Cybersecurity Trainings be Affordable and Effective at the Same Time?

    Speaker: Prem Jadhwani - CEO & President at Intellectual Point

    Cybersecurity workforce training and development is going through a major transformation today with the threat of a changing landscape as well as rapidly evolving technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data analytics. This presentation will bring real-world best practices from the trenches on how cyber security education and training can be both affordable and effective in helping people fill the cyber security job openings with the right skills. 

    Attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of practical cyber security training solutions as well as best practices in developing and delivering an effective cyber security awareness program from a pragmatic perspective within the commercial and federal organizations. Attendees will learn how an accredited training provider has been leveraging the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) program to effectively impart cyber security education to the unemployed and underemployed and help them transition to a lucrative and stable career in cyber security with the help of hands-on professional short courses and IT certifications. 

    There are five main learning objectives we will cover in this session. We will identify the fastest growing market segments within today’s cyber security hiring as well as how the role of a security analyst is rapidly evolving with the advent of advanced persistent threats, zero-day attacks and new indicators of compromise like ransomware. Additionally, we will explore how can you best leverage open source tools in cyber security to help provide the best real-world learning environment for effective cyber security education. We will also look at ways to effectively bridge the gap between the non-technical IT workforce looking to get into cyber security and the type of skills that potential cybersecurity hiring managers are looking for. Further, we will discuss best practices in cyber security workforce development, such as blending real-world cyber security skills into the classroom with Cyber Security certifications and short courses by building a SOC environment. 

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Prem Jadhwani

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    Introduction to Linux+ in Your Classroom

    Instructor: Stephen Padilla 

    Linux is everywhere and Linux skills are vital for IT pros working as network and systems administrators, user and network support specialists, network architects, systems analysts and engineers, and software developers. Learn how the new Linux+ can validate these skills and how you can implement this important certification in your classroom.

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Stephen Padilla

  • 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

    CompTIA Partner Summit Networking

    Join CompTIA Authorized Partners in the Expo Hall to learn about Official CompTIA Content and other important product updates.

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  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

    CompTIA Partner Summit Lunch and Awards Ceremony

    Join Partner Summit attendees at lunch and help CompTIA leadership recognize Partners making a big impact in the effort to transform tech talent and support the IT Industry.

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  • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    CompTIA Partner Summit Networking

    Join CompTIA Authorized Partners in the Expo Hall to learn about Official CompTIA Content and other important product updates.

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  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Hands-on Approach to Teaching Cybersecurity and IT/Networking

    Speaker:  Hau Nguyen - Professor at Grossmont College

    In this session we will discuss various hands-on approaches to teaching Cybersecurity and IT/Networking courses as well as leverage interactive materials and hands-on virtual lab environments. Additionally, we will illustrate how materials can be integrated with Learning Management Systems and describe best practices and tips and tricks for successful deployment of Cybersecurity and IT/Networking courses. 

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Hau Nguyen

  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    The Future of Blockchain

    Speaker: Dr. James Stanger PhD, Chief Technology Evangelist, CompTIA

    As an enterprise or even a CompTIA partner you may be wondering where all the hype is going with blockchain. Blockchains are an open-source distributed database that use state-of-the-art cryptography to essentially facilitate transactions and/or interactions that can be either financial or non-financial data. A blockchain is essentially a record of transactions like a traditional ledger.  

    These transactions can be recorded for anything, and not just financial blockchain. Blockchain is to bitcoin what the internet is to email, and now blockchain is really about providing value to the enterprise. Whether you just now learning about what blockchain technology is or your deeply involved in a proof of concept (POC) then learning about the disruptive nature of blockchain technology is the right move 

    This session will define what blockchain technology is, why companies embrace this technology, and review the major enterprise blockchains (such as Hyperledger, Ethereum, Quorum, and R3 Corda). Additionally, we will look at which industries are ripe for distribution from Blockchain Technology and explain what blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) is and why as a cloud expert you should understand it. Finally, we will touch on the top five areas that CompTIA partners should learn to profit from blockchain. 

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    James Stanger

  • 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

    CompTIA Partner Summit Networking

    Join CompTIA Authorized Partners in the Expo Hall to learn about Official CompTIA Content and other important product updates.

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  • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

    Industry Panel: Tech Talents, Skills, and Abilities

    How well (or not well) are we doing to prepare candidates for IT jobs? Hear from a panel of employers on the state of the current talent pool and what knowledge, skills and abilities are needed now and in the future for IT workers.

    Panelists: 

    Erica Woods - Manager of IT Contractor Initiatives and Philanthropy and Principal at Apex Systems

    Allison Crone - Consulting Learning and Talent Development, Deloitte Services LP

    Richard Braden - Global Leader of Training, Honeywell

    John Heyman - Director of Content Development and Delivery, Unisys Corporation

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    John Heyman

    Speaker

    Richard Braden

    Speaker

    Erica Woods

    Speaker

    Allison Crone

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