Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New CompTIA Academy Partner Program May Be a Fit for Your School

At the end of last week, CompTIA—the industry association that offers A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications—announced that it is expanding its Partner Program to include not-for-profit academic institutions. Now, high schools, colleges, universities, and government-funded training centers that offer education for careers in IT may qualify to become a CompTIA partner.

CompTIA said that it chose to offer its CompTIA Academy Partner Program in an effort to prepare students for IT careers and supply the workforce with a greater number of skilled professionals. In a CompTIA press release, executive vice president Terry Erdle said, “All businesses need IT professionals and in large numbers – by the tens of thousands according to most estimates. . . . Our Academy Partners are among our most important strategic partners because they’re on the front lines improving workforce development, student employability and delivering long-term education value.”

Academic institutions who partner with CompTIA agree to purchase a certain number of certification exam vouchers from CompTIA who, in turn, gives the institution a number of additional exam vouchers for free. Institutions who already purchase exam vouchers for students, this is an especially good deal for you!

In addition to offering discounted exam vouchers, the Academy Partner Program also offers resources for IT curricula, access to industry research, and complimentary training and exam vouchers for instructors. Academic institutions will also have access to CompTIA logos and other resources for their own marketing purposes.

For more information about CompTIA’s Academy Partner Program, check out CompTIA’s official program guide and other documents.

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