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Nov 12 2007   2:29PM GMT

Got an IT job opening? Maybe you should take a chance on a vet

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

When I talk to solution providers about their biggest day-to-day operational challenges, hiring skilled technical personnel invariably comes up as urgent priority one or two. So it seemed appropriate to put on my patriotic cap for a moment on Veteran’s Day to mention a new program started by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) to prepare returning war veterans for jobs in the IT field.

The effort, called Creating Futures, links would-be employers with military personnel who are leaving active service and transitioning back into civilian life. It is, in its purest form, a training program intended to help these individuals develop the skills they need to potentially snag one of these jobs. The program provides a skills assessment, scholarship opportunities, technical training sessions, certification testing, internships and job search assistance.

CompTIA says it has been running a pilot program in Jacksonville, Fla., since March that has aided 47 veterans to date. The organization’s goal is to offer training for up to 200 people in this particular geographic area, with an eye to duplicating the program in other large cities that are home to large numbers of transitioning military personnel who are leaving active service and reentering the civilian job pool. CompTIA is also offering online training to active personnel stationed in Germany, and it is working with organizations, including Wounded Warriors, to identify IT job candidates.

Even if you’re not a CompTIA member, it seems reasonable for solution providers to look toward this candidate pool to address their hiring needs. Got any success stories or tips for how you’re successfully developing personnel? If you’re a solution provider with something to talk about, e-mail Tech Target contributing blogger Heather Clancy at

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