CompTIA Supports Digital Upskilling Training Program in Ventura County, Calif

 CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, announced today it is participating in a new digital upskilling training program for job seekers, under-employed current workers and small business operators in Ventura County, Calif.

The Ventura County Digital Upskilling Training Program is an economic mobility initiative that will train over 400 people, providing them with the digital skills to help both individuals and employers in the county grow. The $5 million state-funded pilot program is led by the Economic Development Collaborative (EDC), a private nonprofit that delivers business consulting, funding and strategic initiatives to support the regional economy. CompTIA is one of eight organizations that have partnered with EDC in the training program.

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“We need to train our workforce for the high-paying job vacancies we have today and the emerging career paths of the future. That is why I secured millions in state funding for Ventura County’s digital upskilling program,” said State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), who represents California’s 42nd Assembly District, including portions of Ventura County.

“I welcome CompTIA’s partnership with this program that provides workers with knowledge that will enhance their digital and technical literacy skills and greatly improve their qualifications for employment and earning potential,” she added.

“The EDC training program addresses a critical need, as employers in many industries and markets continue their search for tech talent,” said Mark Plunkett, senior vice president, solutions and services, CompTIA. “We’re grateful to Assemblymember Irwin for her efforts to secure funding and to EDC for including us in this important workforce development effort to help the citizens of Ventura County enhance their digital skills, grow in confidence and unlock their potential to work in tech.”

The program includes three different cohorts of learners, with different levels of computer skills and training needs. CompTIA is participating in a cohort for under-employed current workers who already have some basic digital skills but need specific training and certifications in information and communications technologies to help them move into better-paying jobs.

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Through mid-April, Ventura County employers have listed 185 job postings for computer user support specialists and 52 for information security analysis.1 Nationally, jobs for tech support specialists and repair technicians are projected to increase by 2.2% this year; and positions for cybersecurity and systems engineers by 3.3%.2

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