Two CompTIA councils, the Distributor Advisory Council and the Vendor Advisory Council, give $20,000 to nonprofit Hire Heroes USA.

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Two CompTIA councils, the Distributor Advisory Council and the Vendor Advisory Council, give $20,000 to nonprofit Hire Heroes USA.

Sep 21, 2017
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Members of two CompTIA advisory councils, the Distributor Advisory Council and the Vendor Advisory Council, elected to donate $20,000 to the nonprofit organization Hire Heroes USA.

Their joint donation is part of an annual process by CompTIA to give back to local communities through philanthropy, bringing positive awareness to selected charities and encouraging individual charitable service. 

Nearly 300,000 service members transition out of the military each year. Without effective transition assistance, many join the ranks of more than 453,000 veterans who are unemployed, according to a March 2017 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Through their service, military personnel gained unique skills and strengthened character, making them highly marketable job candidates. Yet many highly qualified and experienced veterans struggle to market themselves effectively for civilian employment.

Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans and their spouses through free, personalized services delivered through virtual career coaching and transition workshops held across the country and broad. The organization’s transition specialists work with clients to create resumes that effectively communicate skills and achievements; translate military experience into civilian terminology; review effective job search, networking and interviewing techniques; and connect them with companies committed to hiring veterans.

To date, Hire Heroes USA has facilitated 17,000 confirmed hires, 36,500 professional resumes, and 252,700 career counseling sessions — all of which represents an economic impact of more than $200 million, said Nathan Smith, chief financial officer at Hire Heroes USA.

“The CompTIA grant is timely in the sense that we have to turn away 150 veterans each week because we do not have staff capacity to serve,” Smith said. “And it is extraordinarily relevant, since information technology is consistently one of the top three industries into which our veterans and their family members are hired. CompTIA’s generous donation will directly support our full spectrum of personalized career assistance to help 21 unemployed veterans find rewarding careers in IT and create a $250,000 economic impact in the veteran space.”

Scott Young, vice president of product management at Synnex Corp. and co-vice-chair of the Distribution Advisory Council, said the council was honored to donate to such a valuable and worthy cause as Hire Heroes. 

“Hire Heroes USA is a very impactful organization and we are proud of the work they are doing to help prepare our veterans to make a positive impact within the technology industry,” Young said.

CompTIA advisory councils play a vital role in the organization’s ability to deliver the highest quality of vendor-neutral education, IT certification and IT advocacy. These by-invitation councils include representatives from a wide range of technologies, business models and market spaces, giving councils a unique opportunity to shape how CompTIA addresses critical issues within the IT industry.

“As co-chair of CompTIA’s Vendor Advisory Council, I’m honored to support this donation to Hire Heroes USA,” said Jon Whitlock, vice president of channel sales and marketing at Carbonite. “It’s so important to prepare highly-skilled workers for success in the technology industry, especially those who have given so much to our country.”

Substantial changes in the IT industry lead vendors to seek new and creative ways to build profitability despite restricted budgets and lower margins in the XaaS space —especially as cutting-edge capabilities often take a backseat to measurable ROI and a solid business case to support acquisitions. The Vendor Advisory Council explores key issues and inflection points facing hardware manufacturers, software vendors, carriers and Internet service providers. Learn more about VAC here

With the rise of the cloud and XaaS, the distribution community has undergone substantial transition. CompTIA’s Distributor Advisory Council is designed to explore both near-term and strategic industry issues that affect the distribution community. Click here to learn more about DAC.

 

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