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Early guidance positioned Craig Brown for success

Craig Brown, president of the Black Data Processing Associates  

MARCH 2014

Craig Brown’s father was instrumental in making sure he had the classes he needed to be ready for a future in engineering. That guidance led Craig to four degrees, a great career and owning his own company. Now, Craig has advice for today’s young people.

Read Craig’s story here.

For many students, the first step in their walk toward success is facing the A+ exam, which IT-Ready students work toward from day one. This issue of Star Power highlights the exam, and the successful careers that start with getting the certification.


A+ certification sets standard for IT industry

Since its introduction in 1993, CompTIA A+ certification has become a recognized standard within the IT industry – a sign that recipients have demonstrated the technical knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in IT. It has become such a well-known standard that employers look for A+ certification to help differentiate candidates applying for jobs. Read more about A+ certification.


CompTIA A+ certification paves way for grad’s IT career

Tiffany A. Lewin readily admits that before she earned CompTIA A+ certification, her career roadmap looked a bit...blurry.

“I was not working. I was not in school. To be honest, I wasn’t doing much of anything,” she said.

Then, in 2011, Lewin stumbled upon an advertisement for Per Scholas. Before she knew it, she was on the road to a new future — as a full-time technologist. Read more about Tiffany's journey.


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CompTIA A+: Certification that matters


Recent grads share how A+ has helped their careers. Watch the video here.

My Journey to Being A+ Certified

Creating IT Futures Foundation CEO offers insight. Read more about Charles Eaton's experience.

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