Grateful, Happy, and Healthy: A Big Thank You to Everyone Who Helped CompTIA in 2021
Hard to believe we are starting the holiday season and closing out two years of working and living in a pandemic world. While we have been meeting and resolving many business challenges, these unprecedented times have also challenged us personally - how we think, our perspectives and our priorities. Sometimes it feels like time is standing still, other times just flying past us. But I think we can all agree that we’ve had more time to reflect on what is truly important and we find ourselves more grateful for the good things in our lives and world.
Despite the many personal and business challenges our members faced, our volunteer leaders and staff came on strong, rallying around opportunities and initiatives that would drive the industry forward and make it a better place for all of us. I am so grateful for the initiative, the motivation and the commitment to community and industry. As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, I’d like to share my thanks here and acknowledge a small sampling of what we’ve accomplished this year, along with the hope that we will do even more in 2022.
Returning to Live Events. It was such a thrill to be able to host our EMEA Member and Partner Conference live, in London, our first big in-person event in nearly two years. Our UK Community and team, not to mention all the wonderful speakers, corporate members, and support staff pulled it off without a hitch, keeping everyone safe, engaged and entertained. Our membership team has been attending a number of other industry events too, including IT Nation, Channel Pro regional events and Commercial UAV Expo. I’m so thankful that we can start to schedule and attend more live events for 2022 and get back together, face to face!
Growing the Tech Workforce Pipeline. CompTIA is building programs and initiatives to help develop tomorrow’s tech workforce—and making IT careers accessible to all. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far in the CompTIA Tech Career Academy and of the 100+ employer partners supporting the effort by hiring the graduates. Meanwhile, our partners in our CompTIA Apprenticeships program have committed to recruiting more than 600 individuals. So far, 44% of our enrollments are women, 30% are Hispanic, 22% are Black or African American, and 9% are military veterans. Thank you to everyone who has helped give these opportunities to help lessen the tech skills gap and improve lives!
Driving More Understanding About Tech. When we started our Technology Interest Groups, the goal was to keep the general public , those not highly engaged with CompTIA, up to date on all the latest tech news and trends from a wide range of topics including Advancing Women in Technology, AI, Blockchain, Drones, IoT, and, with our latest launch, Local Government. Now that we have attracted thousands of users to the forums, we’re turning our attention toward creating more collaboration between the users. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to date, and I highly encourage you to take advantage of these great resources.