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CompTIA To Start IT Apprenticeship Program

U.S. Department of Labor grants $550K to CompTIA to develop apprenticeship program for entry-level IT professionals.

The next time somebody asks you for advice on how to get their first job in IT, you may be able to help them get an apprenticeship. The Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has received a $550,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop an apprenticeship program for entry-level IT professionals.

Named the Technical Support Specialist Apprenticeship, the program will focus on on-the-job training as well as supplemental technical instruction. No doubt, entry-level certifications such as CompTIA's A+ and Network+ will be integrated into the program.

In a printed statement, John Venator, president and CEO of CompTIA, said, "This grant enables CompTIA to expand our efforts to help solve America's IT worker shortage. Our innovative apprenticeship program will increase the number of skilled, CompTIA-certified, entry-level IT workers available to fill the more than 400,000 currently vacant IT positions in the United States. Programs like these offer a possible solution to the current IT workforce shortage."

The program will be developed from now through December 2002.

For more information on CompTIA and its certification programs, visit www.comptia.org.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy. She also serves as executive editor of the group's media Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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