February 14, 2012
New nonprofit Chamber member is dedicated to securing IT future
One of the fastest growing fields in the United States is the information technology (IT) industry, which increasingly connects all of us to technology at our workplaces and in our social media-driven personal lives. Despite high unemployment, many IT positions go unfilled due to a large skills-gap in the workforce.
The Creating IT Futures Foundation — the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, the IT Industry Association — is dedicated to inventing better on-ramps to IT careers for those in need, including military veterans, workers laid-off from other industries, and women and minorities who are historically under-represented in the IT industry.
In 2012, the Foundation is actively promoting its IT-Ready Apprentice Program in Cincinnati. The IT-Ready Apprentice Program provides eight-weeks of technical and professional skills training at no charge to a select group of adults who may then qualify for paid six-month apprenticeships with local companies.
“When a company signs up, it gets a chance to ‘test-drive’ the skills of an entry-level help-desk, desktop support, or call-center worker, while also demonstrating its commitment to giving back to the local community,” said Charles Eaton, the Foundation’s executive director. To learn more about CITFF and IT-Ready, please visit www.ITready.com
Plus, the Foundation is currently accepting applications for a full-time Local Workforce Program Manager for the Cincinnati area.