IT Workforce

  • My Six Pivotal Moments as a Woman in IT

    by Samantha Ciaccia  | April 23, 2014
    “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This was never a hard question for me. I wanted to be a veterinarian, then a doctor. However, when it came time to decide on a college major, I chose marketing to pursue a creative career in advertising — or so I thought. What you think you want and where life actually leads you can sometimes be very different. My 18-year-old self would not recognize me today: I’m channel engagement manager for Datto and have been working in the ...
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  • How Are Big Tech Firms Enforcing Their Own Training?

    by Lisa Fasold  | February 11, 2014
    During CompTIA’s Colloquium conference in Washington, D.C., today, executives from over 30 leading IT training companies heard from some of the largest tech companies on how they’re training their own staffs. How are they setting an example for their partners? How are they inspiring their employees to continually learn and improve their skills? CompTIA Executive VP Terry Erdle led off the conference and gave a quick rundown on the core education trends: Personalization. User control ...
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  • Speakers at Tri-State TechVoice Chapter Call for Action

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | May 09, 2013
    Use the power of technology to make government more responsive and effective, and understand the significance of high-skilled immigration to our national economy – both themes dominated our May 7th agenda when nearly 50 tech executives met in Newark, N.J., to hear from Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Robert Feldstein from New York Mayor Bloomberg’s office.  This was the official kick-off of the Tri-State TechVoice Chapter, a collaboration between CompTIA, the New Jersey Technology ...
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  • After War, Vets Fight for Jobs at Home

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | September 05, 2012
    A look at the week of September 4 in public advocacy for the IT channel: Veterans are finding it harder to find work and harsh economic times are forcing employers to downsize and thus exclude more former soldiers from being hired, says CBS News. The Democratic Party – outlining its platform heading into the Democratic National Convention – affirmed that President Obama will be taking executive action to ensure American businesses and consumers are safe from cyber attacks, says the Washington Po ...
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  • How to Succeed as a Woman in IT

    by Janet Pinkerton  | May 31, 2012
    Through her advice and her own career story, Maria Klawe, president of STEM-centric Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., offers many insights about how women can secure the experience, knowledge and support for successful IT or STEM-related careers.Take hard-core computer science courses—lots of them—and don’t be intimidated.Continuously taking computer science courses is a matter of necessity, given technology’s lightning speed rate of change, Klawe contends.“If some students appear to kno ...
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  • Navy Vet Uses IT Certifications to Land Her Ideal Job

    by Janet Pinkerton  | May 24, 2012
    When her post-retirement career didn't work out as planned, Navy veteran Mellisa Stroman trained with New Horizons of Southern California to earn IT certifications and get the IT instructor job she really wanted. Stroman worked in IT nearly her entire Navy career while raising two children with her husband, also a Navy sailor. "I just always wanted to go into the computer field," she says. From 1985 through 2005, Stroman's Navy rotations included maintaining an IBM mainframe system in New Or ...
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  • Matching Veteran Job Needs to the IT Industry

    by Janet Pinkerton  | May 08, 2012
    Veterans desperately need jobs; the IT industry needs skilled workers. CompTIA is urging the supply of motivated veterans to take advantage of the industry demand for skilled IT workers. Veteran unemployment statistics are staggering—850,000 veterans (including 250,000 from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars) can't find work now, and 1 million more veterans are expected to seek to join the civilian work force over the next five years. Joblessness among youngest veterans (those 18 to 24 years ...
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  • How to Attract Women (to Computer Science)

    by Janet Pinkerton  | April 26, 2012
    Research indicates that young women are underrepresented in disciplines like computer science because they frequently don't know much about it, don't think it’s interesting, don't think they could ever be successful at it, or can't envision themselves involved with it. So if colleges, vocational-technical programs and high schools want to attract more young women to computer science, they have to proactively change that mindset, advises Maria Klawe, computer scientist, mathematician and presiden ...
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  • Chicago Tech Academy Chooses Freshmen Class

    by Leslie Hague  | February 28, 2012
    Chicago Tech Academy student Austin Lambert speaks at a reception before the Chicago Tech Academy Class of 2016 lottery on Thursday.Last year, Austin Lambert's goal of a career creating video games seemed far away. He was bullied at school and had low self-confidence.What a difference a year makes. After applying for and gaining a spot at Chicago Tech Academy, he's spent his freshman year learning all about technology. He's a member of a school club where he learns about video and graphics desig ...
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  • Providing Workforce Training for 21st Century Jobs

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | January 26, 2012
    In his State of the Union Speech, President Obama set a national goal of training two million Americans so they can transition to 21st century jobs.  As the leading global provider of vendor-neutral IT workforce certifications, CompTIA applauds this goal and stands ready to work with the Administration to meet this important challenge.The IT industry relies on a high-skilled technical workforce that is able to adapt to new trends, innovate and remain globally competitive.  Two million employees ...
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  • My Six Pivotal Moments as a Woman in IT

    by Samantha Ciaccia | Apr 23, 2014
    “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This was never a hard question for me. I wanted to be a veterinarian, then a doctor. However, when it came time to decide on a college major, I chose marketing to pursue a creative career in advertising — or so I thought. What you think you want and where life actually leads you can sometimes be very different. My 18-year-old self would not recognize me today: I’m channel engagement manager for Datto and have been working in the ...
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