CompTIA Troops to Tech Careers Program Expands Employer Registry, Launches "Veterans Inspire" Contest

Jul 12, 2012, 08:45 ET from CompTIA

More than 5,600 veterans trained and certified

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CompTIA, the non-profit association for the Information technology (IT) industry, today announced new enhancements to its Troops to Tech Careers initiative, the program that provides opportunities and resources to veterans interested in post-military careers in the IT field.

The Troops to Tech Careers corporate employment registry has been expanded to include more companies and organizations committed to prioritizing the hiring of IT certified veterans. The registry now includes 26 organizations across the country.

CompTIA has also launched a "Veterans Inspire" contest, open to anyone with a story to share about an active military member or veteran.

"Whether it's a relative or friend, someone you've met in passing, a fellow military member or veteran, each story is unique," said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. "We've created an outlet for people share these inspirational stories and allow others a chance to offer our veterans and active duty personnel the recognition that they've earned and deserve."

To enter the contest, submit a story in 500 words or less by July 23 on why you admire, appreciate or are inspired by someone for their service to our country. CompTIA will then ask people to like their favorite submissions on Facebook. Out of the top five submissions chosen by voters, three winners will be selected by CompTIA for Amazon gift card prizes: $200 for first place, $100 for second and $75 for third. More information and the official rules of the contest are available here.

Since its launch in August 2011, CompTIA's Troops to Tech Careers initiative has positively impacted more than 5,600 veterans by providing them with training and certifications to launch careers in IT. The program's website features two new videos profiling three veterans now working as IT professionals as a result of Troops to Tech Careers.

U.S. veterans and their spouses may be eligible for educational benefits that cover the costs of education and certification. Comprehensive information on eligibility for educational benefits that cover IT education courses and certification is available from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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