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  • Foundation Looks to its own Track Record for Name Change

    The CompTIA Educational Foundation, which since 1998 has been helping unemployed and other at-risk individuals find careers in information technology, has a new name: the Creating IT Futures Foundation. The new name will help to distinguish the Foundation from other continuing education and educational programs within CompTIA, while also positioning the Foundation to reach a wider donor base. As it pondered a new name, the Foundation’s Board of Directors considered the essence of what the orga ...
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  • Top 10 FAQs in CompTIA’s Continuing Education Program

    1. Do I have to enroll in CompTIA’s Continuing Education (CE) program? I thought my certification never expired. If you earned one or more of the following certifications, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+, on or before Dec. 31, 2010, those certifications will never expire, and you will always be considered “certified for life” for those certifications, regardless of if you participate in the CE program. If you earned a CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ cer ...
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  • ChannelTrends: Business Security Needs Continue to Escalate

    Earlier this week, health insurer WellPoint, Inc. agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit in which the company was accused of failure to properly notify officials that a security breach occurred. According to the Indiana Attorney General’s office (which filed the suit), social security numbers, financial information and health records for as many as 32,051 people were potentially accessible through an unsecured website over a five month period starting in late 2009. As specified in India ...
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  • CompTIA Highlights Funding Needs, Healthcare Certs for Local Lawmaker

    In an effort to shine a light on a critical federal education initiative repeatedly in the crosshairs of deficit hawks in recent years, CompTIA looked toward a leading local lawmaker this month. When Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) paid a visit to Roger C. Sullivan High School’s Medical Academy in Chicago on June 1, he was shown the inner workings of just one example of just one school system’s use of Career and Technical Education programs that teeter on the financial precipice due to federal fundin ...
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  • How to Find Measurable Gains from Enhanced Leadership Skills

    Many organizations invest time and money developing their leaders’ skills, only to realize limited, if any, measurable gains. This can be frustrating for all involved. With so much at stake and so many competing priorities for dollars, it’s time to get smart about leadership development. Invest, Invest, Invest! Investing in leadership skills development in the absence of developing the self-awareness of leaders or focusing solely on competencies while ignoring the important underlying leadersh ...
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  • Early Tech Program Brings CompTIA Certs to Indiana Teens

    High schoolers in a rural Indiana farming community are getting a CompTIA-soaked technology awakening thanks to an upstart junior college program. Located between Clinton and Rockville, Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College has for the past seven years been helping kids graduate not just with high school diplomas, but also with CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications in a dual credit initiative unique to the state and much of the country. Charlie Peebles, an assistant professor and form ...
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  • Ricoh Singapore & CompTIA

    Two years after Ricoh Singapore successfully teamed with CompTIA to enhance its global brand in office automation equipment through certification, the site is at it again with a new workforce challenge. The Enterprise Business Solutions Group is seeking CompTIA Project+ certification after the entire group (known at the time as Technology and Solutions Group) was awarded the CompTIA Certified Document Imaging Architect (CDIA+) credential in the spring of 2010. Bruce Murphy, Ricoh Sin ...
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  • CompTIA Makes More Inroads in Brazil

    Brazil is fast becoming a worldwide hotspot for technical development and when one of the country’s leading training institutions sought an entryway to reach more of the public, CompTIA put out the red carpet. ULT/GrupoAmericas, the Curitiba-based professional training firm with technical degree courses in 19 campuses across 11 states in Brazil and partnerships with some of the biggest companies in the IT arena, is in the final stages of its launch of a CompTIA certification program this summer ...
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  • Support Federal Funding for Career and Technical Education

    The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is a principal vehicle for funding career and technical education in this country. Over the past decade, funding levels have remained virtually stagnant, and in 2011 the Perkins Act was cut by more than $140 million (11%) to $1.1 billion. The President’s 2012 budget recommends additional cuts to Perkins. CompTIA understands that we face difficult fiscal times, but is concerned that the proposed reductions in Perkins funding is short-sighted ...
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  • Hot IT Jobs on the Horizon

    As more and more indicators point to a “bull market” near future for IT job seekers, which roles have the greatest potential? In a self-described non-scientific survey, an InfoWorld article published this week breaks down the six hottest jobs in IT. This “Super Six” batch of positions wasn’t simply chosen for their frequent appearances on IT hiring sites, including Dice and Modis, but from discussions with industry executives on skills sought in the year to come. Titles picked offer the sky-hig ...
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