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Sep 14 2011   12:20PM GMT

CompTIA Backs Obama’s Jobs Plan–sort of…

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

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?

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  • Lfasold
    CompTIA offers a number of programs to help get people into tech careers, including our Getting Back to Work Program and our Troops to Tech Careers Program. CompTIA’s Getting Back to Work program helps unemployed workers get trained and certified and matches certified candidates to unfilled IT jobs. The program also makes workers aware of access to government funding for IT training and certification through Workforce Investment Boards (WIB) and One-Stop Centers. These programs are funded through the Workforce Investment Act. Through Troops to Tech Careers, CompTIA works to ensure that any returning veteran with the aptitude and interest in a technical IT career will receive the training, credentialing and job placement assistance needed to join the IT workforce. Preparing military veterans for the civilian IT workforce is not new for CompTIA, which has been offering training scholarships and certification vouchers to qualifying veterans through its philanthropic foundation since 1998. In addition, CompTIA’s Creating IT Futures Foundation provides training and certification opportunities to people who have been historically under-represented in the information technology workforce, including people with disabilities, at-risk youth, women, and military personnel and their spouses. To accomplish its goals, the Foundation solicits contributions from individuals, grant-making bodies, and IT industry companies. As you can see, CompTIA has committed substantial resources and training to addressing workforce issues in the IT industry. We think we are part of the solution and we look forward to doing more.
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  • Ed Tittel
    Dear Lfasold: Thanks for the information you added to my post. If you work for CompTIA or have some relationship to that organization, please tell us more about your affiliation. Also, if you have links to the various programs and offers you mention, please provide them too. Thanks for the feedback! I really appreciate it! --Ed--
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