With the nation’s unemployment rate for IT jobs at 4.6 percent — compared to the national unemployment rate of 8.4 percent — now is an ideal time for unemployed adults or those seeking to change careers to register for the IT-Ready Technical Support program from CompTIA Tech Career Academy.
Applications are being accepted now for the 2021 sessions of CompTIA Tech’s online classes. Students do not need prior tech education, such as a degree in computer science, or tech work experience. Applying is easy, and financial assistance is available in the form of grants and loans. The next class begins Jan. 11, and applications are due Dec. 6.
CompTIA Tech Career Academy is a nonprofit subsidiary of Creating IT Futures, with a mission to help people launch and grow careers in information technology. As a nonprofit organization, the academy trains and prepares adults for certification and success in IT jobs.
The IT-Ready Technical Support program trains students who have little-to-no information technology experience and gives them technical skills and soft skills to launch new IT careers. Students in the program prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification exam, one of the leading industry certifications for landing a job on an IT help desk and launching a tech career. They also learn additional valuable business skills including teamwork, customer service, and communication skills, and they receive career services to connect to our network of 100+ employer partners.
“CompTIA Tech helps to fill the more than 650,000 open tech jobs in the U.S. by teaching adults, especially the unemployed and underemployed, how to secure IT jobs,” said Charles Eaton, CEO of CompTIA Tech. “We recommend that new tech workers start on the IT help desk where they’ll see how all the different parts of a business come together and how technology helps those parts run more efficiently. From the help desk, people can better envision how they want to grow their tech careers. Our IT-Ready Technical Support program prepares our graduates to be ready for IT help desk jobs.”
Businesses benefit too
In data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from April showing the effect of the pandemic on employment, information technology was one of the few industries that showed growth. And the agency predicts that the need for computer support specialists will grow 10 percent annually, faster than the average for all occupations.
Employers looking for motivated and knowledgeable individuals to fill those vacancies can find them from CompTIA Tech. Our graduates have proven technical skills that make them ideal employees for call centers, help desks and desktop support roles in IT.
And businesses that hire our graduates will gain dedicated and diverse employees for their entry-level openings. Among students specifically recruited for enrollment are women, people of color and military veterans.
In addition to hiring graduates, businesses can support the nonprofit by offering career insight to students and providing financial assistance so more students can enroll. Learn more here.