Military veterans will have access to IT training and certifications funded by a program that auctions off used computer equipment.
The CompTIA Educational Foundation is asking companies to donate used technology equipment -- cell phones, laptops, keyboards, monitors and fax machines -- that it will eventually sell in an online auction. Proceeds from the Bids 4 Futures Auction will be used to train and certify participants in the Creating Futures program, which the foundation developed to provide career opportunities to people who are under-represented in the IT industry, including veterans, individuals with disabilities, minorities, women and at-risk youth.
Donations, which are 100 percent tax deductible, can include:
â€¢ Cell phones
â€¢ Desktop systems
â€¢ Docking stations
â€¢ Fax machines
â€¢ Service parts
â€¢ Tablet PCs
â€¢ Video/sound cards
â€¢ Postage machines
â€¢ Telephones and telephone systems
â€¢ Office furniture
Those interested in more information about making donations or applying for training can visit the foundation's Web site.