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Chapter 23A -- 6 Signs Your School Has a Quality Tech Program – Part 1

Technologist Tales

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Sidebar – A “Pandemic Pivot” Tale: How Distance Learning Drew TechGirlz Closer to Students show art Sidebar – A “Pandemic Pivot” Tale: How Distance Learning Drew TechGirlz Closer to Students

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This special edition retells the tale of the “Pandemic Pivot” to virtual delivery of TechShopz, the TechGirlz workshop series that brings middle-school girls face-to-face with tech mentors. Listen as Amy Cliett explains how an unexpected operational challenge evolved into an unanticipated deepening of program’s value to students and volunteers across the country.

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Chapter 40 – A “Show Me” Tale: How Missouri’s Workforce Board Helps People Gain Digital Skills for Tech Jobs & More show art Chapter 40 – A “Show Me” Tale: How Missouri’s Workforce Board Helps People Gain Digital Skills for Tech Jobs & More

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How does a workforce board help hundreds of thousands of people find jobs in the wake of a pandemic? One way is providing on-demand virtual IT training, with support from CompTIA Custom Training. Listen as Dr. Mardy Leathers, director of Missouri’s Office of Workforce Development, holds an audio “show & tell” session, explaining how his team helps workers develop digital skills that will last a lifetime.

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Chapter 39 – Val’s Tale: Why Women in Tech Should Blaze Their Own Trails to Successful IT Careers show art Chapter 39 – Val’s Tale: Why Women in Tech Should Blaze Their Own Trails to Successful IT Careers

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In this latest chapter of our profile series complementing the WITS 2020 Virtual Summit, Val Haskell, Chair of CompTIA’s Advancing Tech Talent and Diversity Community, tells her tale of following a well-worn path to tech success. Well, not exactly the route some expect, but one that best predicts successful careers working with technology. One traveled by workers who enjoy solving problems and helping others.

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Chapter 38 – Mariah’s Tale: How to Build a Career as a Women in Tech from the Arctic Circle show art Chapter 38 – Mariah’s Tale: How to Build a Career as a Women in Tech from the Arctic Circle

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In this first chapter of our profile series complementing the WITS 2020 Virtual Summit, Mariah Sexton tells her tale of building a successful tech career through IT training, CompTIA certifications and, most of all, mentorship from the community of women working in technology.

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Chapter 37 – An El Paso Tale (Part 2): How a Texas Workforce Board Narrows the Tech Skills Gap with IT Training for Army Veterans show art Chapter 37 – An El Paso Tale (Part 2): How a Texas Workforce Board Narrows the Tech Skills Gap with IT Training for Army Veterans

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The U.S. tech sector is still hiring. Where will these companies find qualified candidates to fill these jobs – especially when our nation’s tech skills gap remains a challenge? One source: Military veterans. Listen as Leila Melendez, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex, a workforce board operating in El Paso, Texas, tells the tale of helping hundreds of Army veterans transition to new tech careers with support from CompTIA Custom Training.

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How to Win a Podcasting Award for Flipping the Narrative on Pandemic Doomscrolling show art How to Win a Podcasting Award for Flipping the Narrative on Pandemic Doomscrolling

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Ever heard of doomscrolling? That drive we sometimes feel to seek more info about bad news – especially during times of uncertainty? This pitchcast explains how the producers of Technologist Talk, a podcast for Creating IT Futures, CompTIA’s tech workforce charity, flipped the narrative on pandemic doomscrolling with a 7-piece series that brings listeners considering changing careers the good news about job opportunities working in technology fields.

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Chapter 36 – An El Paso Tale:  How IT Training Helps a Texas Workforce Board Transition Army Veterans to Tech Careers show art Chapter 36 – An El Paso Tale: How IT Training Helps a Texas Workforce Board Transition Army Veterans to Tech Careers

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What is a workforce board? And how does one serve businesses, states, regions or local communities? Hear some answers in this technologist tale shared by , CEO of , a workforce board operating in El Paso, Texas, that helps hundreds of U.S. Army veterans transition to new tech jobs with support from .   Original Technologist Tales theme music by

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Chapter 35 – Tales Told: 5 Reasons to Launch a Tech Career Today from an IT-Ready Technical Support Class show art Chapter 35 – Tales Told: 5 Reasons to Launch a Tech Career Today from an IT-Ready Technical Support Class

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Per CompTIA’s Cyberstates research, the IT industry continues to hire despite pandemic conditions, with one of every 10 positions posted online being a tech job. But why even consider launching a technology career during this time of crisis? Listen as graduates of a recent IT-Ready Technical Support class from CompTIA Tech Career Academy and their instructor offer five reasons.

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Chapter 34 – Podcast Flashback: IT-Ready Technical Support Grads Celebrate Their Dreams show art Chapter 34 – Podcast Flashback: IT-Ready Technical Support Grads Celebrate Their Dreams

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To celebrate the formal launch of the CompTIA Tech Career Academy, we offer a podcast flashback, with an episode from our award-winning “In the Field with Technologists” series. A happy group of IT-Ready Technical Support graduates share their dreams and express the passion they have for pursuing them.

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Technologist Talk Mini-Series #4: Who is a Technologist? An Answer in 7 Tales show art Technologist Talk Mini-Series #4: Who is a Technologist? An Answer in 7 Tales

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Who is a technologist? And why are technologists the best candidates for hundreds of thousands of jobs in today’s digital economy – especially in the post-pandemic future? This Technologist Talk mini-series features seven tales that answer those questions.

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Millions of teens head back to school this month. And if you’re the parent or mentor of an aspiring technologist, how can you tell whether your school has a good tech program? Eric Larson, who directs the NextUp program for Creating IT Futures, says there are “6 Signs.” In this episode, Eric shares the first three with host Bob Dirkes.

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