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Chapter 46 – Sidebar: How CompTIA Tech’s Custom Training Reskills Workers as Technologists

Technologist Tales

Release Date: 12/23/2020

Chapter 54 – Theo’s Tale: From Tech-Savvy Continual Learner to Cybersecurity Pro show art Chapter 54 – Theo’s Tale: From Tech-Savvy Continual Learner to Cybersecurity Pro

Technologist Tales

As another installment in our series tracking successful graduates of CompTIA Tech’s IT-Ready Technical Support program, we revisit the “technologist triumph” of Theo Hysell. Listen as he tells the tale of developing a role as the “family IT guy” into a lucrative career in cybersecurity that has helped him weather the pandemic’s negative economic effects.

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Chapter 53 – Randi’s Tale: From Crafting Public Policy to Shaping Philanthropic Partnerships show art Chapter 53 – Randi’s Tale: From Crafting Public Policy to Shaping Philanthropic Partnerships

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How often does a technologist’s journey wind through the lecture halls of law school and the corridors of Capitol Hill? Listen to this tale celebrating Women’s History Month, as Randi Parker, senior director at Creating IT Futures, shares how her career evolved from advocating for the technology industry to making tech careers more accessible.

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Chapter 52 – Nancy’s Tale: From Business Media Marketer to IT Training Technologist show art Chapter 52 – Nancy’s Tale: From Business Media Marketer to IT Training Technologist

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How does hauling pickle barrels prepare you for a successful career as a technologist? Nancy Hammervik, incoming CEO of the CompTIA Tech Career Academy and leader of CompTIA’s membership organization explains in this tale celebrating Women’s History Month.

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Chapter 51 – Angela’s Tale: From Tech Training to Technologist Mentor show art Chapter 51 – Angela’s Tale: From Tech Training to Technologist Mentor

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Revisit the “Technologist Triumph” of Angela Curtis, a graduate of IT-Ready Technical Support training. Hear how the CompTIA Tech Career Academy helped Angela translate her passion for solving problems into an IT help desk career at international medical technology maker Medtronic that provides personal financial stability and professional growth opportunities.

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Chapter 50 – Nate’s Tale: From Technician to Technologist show art Chapter 50 – Nate’s Tale: From Technician to Technologist

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Revisit the “Technologist Triumph” of Nate Perkins, a graduate of IT-Ready Technical Support training from the CompTIA Tech Career Academy. Hear how Nate’s decision to pursue certified tech skills – such as CompTIA’s A+ certification – has provided professional growth opportunities for himself and sustainable financial stability for his family.

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Technologist Talk Mini-Series #13: Social Innovation in Action with Creating IT Futures Partners show art Technologist Talk Mini-Series #13: Social Innovation in Action with Creating IT Futures Partners

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What is “Social Innovation?” And what role do “chickens” play in practicing this philanthropic discipline at Creating IT Futures? This series of three podcasts answers those questions about social innovation in action. Listen as our team members share stories about partner organizations – TEKsystems, Verizon Foundation and Workday Foundation – that make a measurable difference in tech businesses and local communities across the country.

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Chapter 49 –A Tale of Two Partners: How Verizon & Workday Support Creating IT Futures show art Chapter 49 –A Tale of Two Partners: How Verizon & Workday Support Creating IT Futures

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How are relationships between Creating IT Futures and philanthropic partners holistic and integrated? This chapter offers two prime examples: Verizon Foundation and Workday Foundation. Listen as Jeff Lareau, manager, strategic partnerships, and Alicia Park, national outreach manager for TechGirlz, share two stories of individuals and organizations that make a measurable difference in tech businesses and local communities across the country.

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Technologist Talk Mini-Series #12: Social Innovation in Action through TechGirlz: The TechShopz Pandemic Pivot show art Technologist Talk Mini-Series #12: Social Innovation in Action through TechGirlz: The TechShopz Pandemic Pivot

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What is “Social Innovation?” And how is TechGirlz, a program of Creating IT Futures, practicing this philanthropic discipline to inspire middle-school girls to explore careers working with technology? Listen to this series of three podcasts that describes social innovation in action in the words of the innovators who converted TechShopz workshops to virtual delivery at high speed, then launched a new distance-learning option, TechPodz.

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Technologist Talk Mini-Series #11: Social Innovation in Action through the CompTIA Tech Career Academy show art Technologist Talk Mini-Series #11: Social Innovation in Action through the CompTIA Tech Career Academy

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What is “Social Innovation?” And how is the CompTIA Tech Career Academy practicing this philanthropic discipline to generate measurable social impact? Listen to this series of five podcasts that describe social innovation in action in the words of the innovators who design it, the employers who benefit from it, and the technologists with thriving careers because of it.

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Technologist Talk Mini-Series #10: An Award-Winning Replay of Our “In the Field with Technologists” Series show art Technologist Talk Mini-Series #10: An Award-Winning Replay of Our “In the Field with Technologists” Series

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How do you inspire the next generation of technologists? This replay of one of our award-winning Technologist Talk mini-series goes “into the field” to feature people who enable and encourage the next generation of technology talent – from teens in middle and high school, to adults in career transition – to envision themselves working in tech jobs.

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In this Technologist Tales sidebar edition, Mark Plunkett and Jason Mangold from the Custom Trainingteam at CompTIA Tech Career Academy discuss reskilling and upskilling our nation’s workforce for the tech jobs of the future. The key? Striking a balance between industry standards – i.e., CompTIA certifications – and custom curriculum – i.e., fostering business soft skills.

Original Technologist Tales theme music by C. Ezra Lange