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September 19, 2016

IT-Ready and DreamIT Receive Top ASAE Honors

power-of-a-award-logoASAE’s Power of A (association) Awards, the association industry’s highest honor, recognized CompTIA and its philanthropic arm, Creating IT Futures Foundation, with a Gold for its /developing-programs/it-ready">IT-Ready career program and a Silver for its DreamIT Program. The Power of A Awards reward outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation and make a better world.

Offered free of charge by experienced information technology (IT) instructors in a classroom setting, IT-Ready teaches prepares unemployed and under-employed adults for careers in the IT industry. With 10 locations, more than 1,000 students have participated in the IT-Ready program since 2012. Nearly 95 percent of graduates have earned their CompTIA A+ certification and 80 percent have moved into paid IT roles with area companies.

One of CompTIA's volunteer group communities, Advancing Women in IT (AWIT) developed an evangelism platform called DreamIT to show how many IT career opportunities there are for women. In 2014, the community launched two websites linked to the Dream IT initiative - a Career Resource Center, which features a robust collection of career information and resources, all aimed at delivering the message to women and girls that IT is a great place to work; and ready-made presentation materials that can be used by anyone interested in spreading the message about the opportunities in the IT workforce for women and girls. This August our members and staff surpassed the goal to reach 10,000 women and girls about the opportunities in the IT industry.

One of CompTIA's volunteer group communities, Advancing Women in IT (AWIT), developed an evangelism platform called DreamIT to show how the many IT career opportunities there are for available to women. In 2014, the community launched two websites linked to the Dream IT initiative - a Career Resource Center, which features a robust collection of career information and resources, all aimed at delivering the message to women and girls that IT is a great place to work; and Dream IT, which contains ready-made presentation materials that can be used by anyone interested in spreading the message about the opportunities in the IT workforce for women and girls. This August CompTIA members and staff surpassed the goal to reach 10,000 women and girls about the opportunities in the IT industry.

“Congratulations to Creating IT Futures and CompTIA for their hard work and for helping to make the world a better place,” said Sharon J. Swan, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “Their initiative exemplifies how associations are a positive force in our everyday lives – not just to the profession or industry they represent, but to society at large.”