CompTIA Spark helps young people unlock their potential and imagine new possibilities through technology

An independent social impact organization, formerly known as Creating IT Futures and founded by CompTIA, will provide an innovative online technology learning center for middle school students

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., August 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — With an exclusive new focus on youth programming and a single-purpose commitment to helping young people unlock their potential through technology, Creating IT Futures has changed its name to CompTIA Sparkthe social impact nonprofit organization announced today.

CompTIA Spark will focus on providing high-quality education and technology resources to middle school students through an innovative online learning center. Building on the success of TechGirlz, a program that provides technology-centered learning opportunities for girls ages 11-14, CompTIA Spark aims to make technology engaging, accessible, and inclusive for middle schoolers who are at a critical age to explore their interests.

“Our mission is to spark an interest in technology, because in today’s digital world, mastering technology is just as important to future success as reading, writing and math,” said Charles Eaton, CEO of CompTIA Spark. “Young people have big and varied dreams in sight, but what is clear is that whatever path or passion a young person chooses, technology education will play a vital role in their journey.”

The CompTIA Spark program for colleges, which is expected to be piloted in the 2022-2023 school year, will be delivered through an online learning center accessible from anywhere, anytime. The hub is designed as a one-stop-shop for students and teachers to access a range of fun and inspiring technology courses and resources, covering topics ranging from artificial intelligence and cybersecurity to mobile app development, to podcasting, graphic design and more. The programs cater to a wide range of learning preferences and interests and can be taught by any adult who wants to bring a high-quality technology education to their students or community, whether or not they have a technology background.

A unique feature of the Learning Center allows content to be mapped to students’ existing interests and organized across different ‘career clusters’ – from finance to manufacturing and marketing to the arts. Students can discover career paths and future learning opportunities that match their growing passions, strengths, abilities, and confidence.

“Almost all careers are tech careers in today’s digital world. There are so many great job opportunities that require tech savvy and not enough qualified people to fill those roles. Thousands of rewarding, well-paying jobs will remain unfilled unless a diverse pipeline of new talent is created,” Eaton said. “That’s why CompTIA Spark’s college programming will have a big impact on the lives of thousands of young people. , whether or not they choose a career in the tech industry. We want to show students that technology is for everyone – and more than just coding or computer engineering.”

Along with the college program, CompTIA Spark will continue to support other youth-focused programs, including TechGirlz, acquired by CompTIA in 2019, CyberPrep Explore, and CyberPrep ITF+.

Although an independent nonprofit, CompTIA Spark operates as the innovation and social impact arm of CompTIA – the leading nonprofit for industry and the workforce. computer work – who founded the organization. This unique connection to CompTIA means that CompTIA Spark is plugged into industry developments, keeping pace with its constant evolution. Additionally, its curriculum is tied to genuine certifications, helping to provide clear future pathways for students who want to take their interest to the next level.

About CompTIA Spark

CompTIA Spark is a social impact organization that strives to unlock the potential of people through technology. It aims to provide high-quality technology education to young people – regardless of background – by making technology exciting, accessible and inclusive, and by building skills and confidence for life. The organization was founded in 1998 by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the computer industry and workforce. Formerly known as Creating IT Futures, CompTIA Spark is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Learn more about

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