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December 2017



After Graduating from IT-Ready, Veteran Takes Upwardly Mobile Career Path in IT

Michael Dauffenbach

In 2012, IT-Ready gave Michael Dauffenbach, a National Guardsman transitioning into the civilian workforce, the knowledge and skills he needed to secure full-time employment in the IT industry. Five years later, his career is still flourishing.

Meet Michael

This Holiday Season, Give Someone the Chance to Launch Their Tech Career

IT-Ready Change Someones Life

This holiday season, we invite you to join CompTIA and Creating IT Futures to create new on-ramps for tech careers through IT-Ready. Learn more about what IT-Ready does by watching our video, and donate to keep changing lives.




Chicago Girl Scouts Dig into IT Hardware and Discover Confidence

Chicago Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts from Englewood use TechShopz in a Box to explore the parts that make computers work and how the pieces fit together.


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CompTIA’s HSITAG Community Supports Groups Serving Exploited, Disadvantaged Teens


CompTIA's member community chose to support Foster Care to Success and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.



From Gamer to Surgeon to Technologist… the Tale of Justin Barad

Justin Barad

This summer Creating IT Futures sponsored the VR Voice Virtual Reality and Higher Education Symposium in Boston, where our own Eric Larson presented, and we met Justin Barad, CEO of OSSO VR. Barad is an orthopedic surgeon. He’s also a technologist, whose company invented a virtual reality surgical training platform.


Meet Justin

Make, Build, Program: Girl Scouts Tackle Robotics, Trucking and Welding with Tinker Girls

Tinker Girls

The Tinker Girls event sparked an interest in technology careers for the fourth to eighth grade girls.

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CompTIA’s Space Enterprise Council Donates to Space-based STEM Advocacy Organization


Donation will help the Federation of Galaxy Explorers promote fun and dynamic science education aimed at equalizing demographics in STEM career fields.



Helping Employers View Tech Education and Recruitment in a New Light


A new public education model is producing tech-savvy, STEM-oriented graduates with associate’s degrees. These work-ready individuals are eager for entry-level professional experience and the chance to prove themselves in IT. Will the tech industry give them the opportunity?


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CompTIA Member Communities Contribute to Black Tech Mecca, Girl Develop It


The Advancing Diversity in Technology and Advancing Women in IT communities support charities that encourage people of color and women to pursue tech careers.









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Creating IT Futures
A 501(c)(3) charity was established in 1998 by CompTIA, the global IT industry association, as a way to help people improve their lives through IT careers. 

Our Mission

We help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers. 

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