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CompTIA Donates to Charitable Organizations

June 26, 2013

charityFour organizations are the latest recipients of financial donations from member communities of CompTIA, the non-profit association for the IT industry.

CompTIA announced donations totaling $20,000 by its IT Security and IT Services and Support communities. Money for the donations comes from the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA.

The IT Security Community donated $5,000 each to the Illinois Technology Foundation and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.

The Illinois Technology Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of the technology talent pipeline in the state of Illinois. The group consists of 300+ volunteers that are focused on developing and retaining the best IT talent and leadership by bringing real-world career opportunities to the classroom.

The mission of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation is to extend the reach of the Celtics championship legacy into the Boston community through programs that directly benefit children in need. The foundation relies on key partnerships with New England-based non-profit organizations that provide vital services to youth and to offer funding and resources to help increase the collective impact in the community.

“This year the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation has allocated $50,000 as part of its Player Choice Grant,” said Zak Karsan, vice president of business development for VaultLogic™ and a member of the CompTIA IT Security Community. “The money that the CompTIA IT Security Community is donating will be included in the $50,000 Player Choice Grant. This season players chose to build computer labs in Boston Public Schools providing technology to children in need and keeping Boston Strong!”

The CompTIA U.S. IT Services and Support Community selected Year Up and the Wounded Warrior Project’s Training Transition Academy to receive $5,000 donations respectively.

“The Wounded Warrior Project offers our veterans a wonderful program via the Transition Training Academy, which gives them the opportunity to succeed in a career in IT,” said Mike Schuler, vice president of U.S. sales at Zylog Systems (Canada) Ltd. and chair of the CompTIA IT Services and Support Community.

“Year-Up provides an opportunity for low-income young adults to gain both training and internship from a sponsor company, significantly improving their prospects for a well-paying career in IT,” Schuler added.

Year Up is a one-year intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credit and corporate internships.

“Year Up provides a means for young people to get the necessary technical and soft skills required for a good paying job in IT,” Schuler added.

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