Last week, nine students at Fayetteville Technical Community College became the first graduates of a pilot program designed to help soldiers making the transition into civilian computer jobs learn principles of computer systems and securing computer networks.
A partnership program between Fayetteville Technical Community College and the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the program was featured in the Fayetteville Observer.
From Eric Larson:
Believing that a degree and industry certifications can compliment one another, administrators at Fayetteville Tech Community College in North Carolina have been eager to try new ways of doing business.
The IT Futures Labs is proud to collaborate with IT Dean Darlene Wood and others at the college to find the right amount of classroom time to help military personnel from nearby Fort Bragg transition from the U.S. Army to a civilian career in IT. The certifications they earn can help prove the knowledge they’ve learned.
We’ve learned a lot together already and look forward to the next iteration of classes to see if we can help more soldiers start a lucrative new chapter. We think that we can figure it out, thanks to the innovative spirit that FTCC brings to the table, as well as the hard work of these students who want very much to succeed post-military.
—Eric Larson is the director of IT Futures Labs, a signature initiative of the Creating IT Futures Foundation, which researches, develops, tests and launches innovative non-profit programs tailored for the IT sector that help women, ethnic minorities, and displaced or under-employed individuals.