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Throw Back Thursday: Delivering IT training to those in need

We receive so much valuable content from our customers, partners and
internal subject-matter experts. On Thursdays, we thought it would be fun to do
a “throw back” and bring back an older post that was valuable to our audience.
Today’s throw back is in honor of Veterans Day this week.

Delivering IT training to those in need

Earning IT certifications can help
individuals do their jobs more effectively and keep IT operations running
smoothly. While this may be a great value-add for some, for others it can
actually be life changing!  SkillSoft customer CompTIA helps individuals at risk of
falling below the poverty line—as well as candidates under-represented in the
IT industry such as minorities, women, veterans and displaced workers—to
prepare for, secure, and succeed in IT careers by offering  free IT certification
training.


CompTIA
is a non-profit IT trade association that provides IT education and
certification as well as advocacy on behalf of the IT industry. Part of the
group’s focus includes giving back through their charity, the Creating IT Futures Foundation. CompTIA
turned to SkillSoft for donations; SkillSoft contributed the IT courseware
collection and access to the SkillPort® at no cost. Learners in
the foundation’s training program used SkillPort to access content from the IT
Skills course­ware collection. Once through the training, the participants were
invited to sit for IT certification exams such as the CompTIA A+ certification.

To help their
learners succeed, CompTIA created a timeline and gave them a 90-day deadline to
complete their coursework. Foundation staff monitored the training progress and
answered questions from learners who needed further assistance. As a result,
over 50 percent of the participants who completed the SkillSoft training passed
their IT certification exams and 20 percent of those certified individuals
found careers in IT.

“My
success in obtaining those certificates will lead to something so much bigger
than I would have ever imagined,” said one veteran, who has gone on to earn his
CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certifications. “I am thankful for the
life-changing opportunities provided by Creating IT Futures.”

In
2011, CompTIA redesigned the program, adding an on-the-job component to improve
results and increase the probability of permanent employment for program
candidates. The new IT- Ready Apprentice Program replaces the Online Training
program and includes a paid apprenticeship with a local company.

To
learn more about CompTIA’s successful IT certification program, read the full
case study here.

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