Posted by: Ed Tittel
CompTIA should put its money where its mouth is on jobs plan, why not offer training and exam discounts to help the unemployed get back to work
Check out this 9/12/2011 press release from CompTIA “CompTIA Supports Innovative Approaches to Putting People Back to Work, Streamlining Regulations for Small Business.” Therein, CompTIA President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux manages to endorse elements of President Obama’s jobs plan without coming right out and endorsing the plan in its entirety or granting much, if any, kudos to our Commander in Chief for his recent speech and related jobs plan efforts.
Specifically, CompTIA endorses continuation of the halving of the Social Security payroll tax and write-offs for investments in computing equipment. As you’d expect, Mr. Thibodeaux also praises “… innovative ways to put people back to work, and advance training and education…” And likewise, it doesn’t take a rocket scientists to determine that CompTIA has something substantial to offer by way of certification, job preparation, and high-tech learning.
Mr. Thibodeaux also cites a need to fill 450,000 positions in high-tech right now, and an untold number of technology jobs in the future, then goes on to mention CompTIA’s discounts and special offers for returning US military veterans seeking to re-enter the civilian work force.
What I’d like to see is a plan for retraining the unemployed where the US Government helps propel them into high-tech training to help them re-enter the civilian work force, too. And while we’re at it, I’d like to see CompTIA offer the government a substantial (say 50%) discount on the costs of the exams those retrainees will need to get certified, and beat on their training partners to do likewise for training classes to help prepare them for those exams. And what the heck, why not give CompTIA and the training companies tax credits for those charitable contributions to getting unemployed Americans back to work.
There’s a jobs plan that I can relate to, and have to believe might actually do some good. Is anybody listening out there? What do you think?