CompTIA | July 20, 2022
A new effort to expand the nation's cybersecurity and technology workforce through paid apprenticeships was launched today by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, and ConnectWise, the world's leading software company dedicated to the success of IT solution providers.
CompTIA and ConnectWise made their announcement in conjunction with today's Cyber Workforce and Education Summit at the White House, where Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh unveiled a Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint, challenging industry and labor partners to help expand Registered Apprenticeships in cybersecurity.
The crux of the effort announced by the two organizations involves pairing new IT professionals, certified by CompTIA, with eager IT businesses, self-identified through the ConnectWise partner community, for registered apprenticeships.
"We focus so much on top level cybersecurity experts that we forget the majority of this work is done by rank-and-file cyber professionals, who participated in the White House summit. They work with end users, maintain and secure networks and defend against phishing and other threats to keep everyone and everything working securely. It is with these frontline positions where the most sizable staffing deficits exist, something we intend to address with this program."
-Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA.
We have thousands of partners across the IT industry who regularly tell us about the challenges of finding qualified talent, said Jason Magee, CEO, ConnectWise. With the backing of the White House, and in partnership with CompTIA as an established educator of IT professionals, we have a unique opportunity to move hiring forward by matching trained workers with a robust group of potential employers.
U.S. employers deployed 714,548 job postings for cybersecurity job roles and skills during the 12-month period running through April 2022, according to data from CyberSeek™, a joint initiative between the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), CompTIA and Lightcast. Almost 40% of those job postings were listed in the first four months of 2022, indicating that demand is speeding up as more organizations look to strengthen defenses against a multitude of threats.
As a newly designated National Program Sponsor for Apprenticeship, CompTIA will use its world-class education, training and certifications to equip apprentices with the skills and training needed for employment in technology occupations, including cybersecurity roles. More than 3.1 million CompTIA certifications are held by IT professionals around the world.
ConnectWise, through its extensive network of IT service providers, is the employer partner in the new apprenticeship initiative. These service providers deliver technology solutions and support to small, mid-sized and large customers in all industries and locales, placing them on the front line of cybersecurity and support for businesses. Dozens of service providers have already expressed interest in participating in the apprenticeship program.
CompTIA and ConnectWise will offer training, certification and employment opportunities in five high-demand tech occupations: Tech Support Specialist, Network Support Specialist, Cybersecurity Support Technician, Tech Project Coordinator and Data Analyst. Training is based on National Guideline Standards created by CompTIA and approved by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). These standards detail the competencies in technical and employability skills that apprentices need to join the IT workforce.
The ability to anticipate, identify and respond to cyber threats is essential in each of these job roles, said Amy Kardel, senior vice president for strategic workforce partnerships at CompTIA. Apprentices will receive comprehensive cybersecurity training in the knowledge and skills they will need to protect American businesses.
Today's announcement expands CompTIA's involvement with IT apprenticeships. Since 2020 CompTIA has partnered with the American Institutes for Research to grow the nation's IT workforce across industries through apprenticeships, while simultaneously creating career opportunities for diverse populations underrepresented in the tech workforce, including women, individuals with disabilities and people of color.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world's economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for unlocking the potential of the tech industry and its workforce.
ConnectWise is the world's leading software company dedicated to the success of IT solution providers (TSPs) through unmatched software, services, community, and marketplace of integrations. ConnectWise offers an innovative, integrated, and security-centric platform—Asio™—which provides unmatched flexibility that fuels profitable, long-term growth for partners. ConnectWise enables TSPs to drive business efficiency with automation, IT documentation, and data management capabilities. And increase revenue using remote monitoring, cybersecurity, and backup and disaster recovery technologies.
Herbalife Nutrition Foundation | June 21, 2022
The Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families around the world, announced a new two-year partnership with The Power of Nutrition and the World Bank. The partnership will include a grant of $300,000 and will initially focus on the Stunting Reduction Program in Rwanda. These efforts are in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2 to achieve zero hunger globally.
The effects of poor nutrition in children are alarming and we hope to elevate the transformative work done by The Power of Nutrition and the World Bank to ensure children and families receive a head start and a healthier quality of life.”
Alan Hoffman, President of the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation
Stunting affects 149 million children around the world and 33% of children under the age of five in Rwanda, limiting their physical and cognitive development. This preventable and reversible form of malnutrition also impacts Rwanda’s local economic growth, and the partnership will increase awareness of, and access to, quality nutrition, positively impacting more than one million women and children.
Funding for this program will support the provision of essential nutrition and health services to children and mothers and support the delivery of nutrition conditional cash transfers to enhance access to adequate and diverse diets and health services.
“We’re pleased to partner with the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation to support The Power of Nutrition’s goal of accelerating the pace and scale of improvements in nutrition provision globally,” said Simon Bishop, Chief Executive Officer, The Power of Nutrition. “Together, with the World Bank, we look forward to bringing about lasting improvements to people’s lives in Rwanda and continuing to highlight the importance of diets that are accessible, healthy and sustainable.”
This collaboration complements the Nutrition for Zero Hunger (NFZH) campaign, a global initiative started by Herbalife Nutrition. Through NFZH, Herbalife Nutrition and the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation provide critical resources and expertise to communities around the world with the aim of bringing hunger down to zero – an issue which currently affects 1 in 9 people worldwide.
The Herbalife Nutrition Foundation has been committed to helping alleviate food shortages for more than 17 years. In 2021 alone, the Foundation donated more than $5 million to help support more than 167 organizations around the world so they may provide healthy meals, nutrition education and other support to children and families, including Asociación Mexicana de Bancos de Alimentos (BAMX) and the SOS Children's Villages of Europe, Africa and India.
About Herbalife Nutrition Foundation
Since 2005, the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF), a global nonprofit foundation, has been devoted to improving lives of children and families around the world. HNF supports community-based Casa Herbalife Nutrition partners around the globe, that help bring good nutrition to socially vulnerable communities and aid to organizations focused on promoting access, education and empowerment of good nutrition, general wellness and disaster relief.
About The Power of Nutrition
The Power of Nutrition is a charitable foundation that raises money and creates partnerships to advance the fight against malnutrition in Africa and Asia. Our vision is a world where every child has the right nutrition to achieve their full potential.
Our innovative finance and partnership model multiplies nutrition investments to make resources go further than any organisation could achieve alone.
We currently have 19 programmes in countries with high rates of malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, reaching over 92 million women, children and adolescents. Each is aligned behind national government plans, carefully designed to deliver impact at scale, and is based around a core set of evidence-based, high-impact interventions known to improve child, adolescent, and maternal nutrition.
Landmark Vineyards | May 04, 2022
Landmark Vineyards announced its most recent class of Community Grants recipients includes nine nonprofit organizations, plus additional schools in California's Russian River Valley and Sonoma Valley. Landmark, part of The Wonderful Company family of brands owned by Stewart and Lynda Resnick, will award a total of $90,960 in grants, of which $30,000 has been directed towards K–12 schools in the community. Since its launch in 2014, Landmark Community Grants have funded over 156 projects and supported over 118 teachers and 39 schools, totaling nearly $650,000.
We're humbled by the quality of applications we receive every year and strive to help our neighbors make an even bigger impact by giving them the resources they need to accomplish their goals. The Community Grants program was created to support grassroots, community-led nonprofit organizations and schools to help drive meaningful change. We're proud to be part of the great work taking place, and it's important to us to collaborate with others to make a difference where our employees live, work, and play."
Molly Scott, director of grower and community relations at Landmark
Landmark believes that investing in education is an investment in the future and has allocated a portion of the Community Grants to schools in order to provide wide-ranging support for teachers to fund projects and initiatives that help students to learn and thrive. From musical instruments and graphing calculators to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) materials and innovative virtual field trips, the grants help fund classroom supplies and educational opportunities for students in Sonoma County.
Grant recipients are focused on strengthening youth programs, social services, and strategic community investments. The funds help support organizations working tirelessly to provide lifelong opportunities and programs to empower youth and transitional social services. From job skills training and preventative dental care to mental wellness and therapy services, the Community Grants program is open to all focus areas. Organizations that receive grants are selected by a committee of employees who volunteer annually to identify organizations that provide projects and services directly benefiting local communities.
"Funding from Landmark Community Grants will make it possible for the Jewish Community Free Clinic to provide primary care and other medical and social services to low-income workers and their families, always in an atmosphere of respect and compassion," said Donna Waldman, executive director, Jewish Community Free Clinic. "Our clients come from diverse low-income backgrounds and are primarily farm, domestic, and service workers from Sonoma County. As a small grassroots organization that never charges a fee for service, this grant will go a long way to ensure free services including labs, vaccinations, and medications go to those most in need."
Some of the 2021–2022 grant recipients include:
Jewish Community Free Clinic: Provide free medical care to 750 non-denominational clients.
Reach for Home: Provide 110 homeless individuals with free mental health services via a mobile health clinic.
Schell Vista Volunteer Firefighters Association: Provide explosion-proof flashlights to 50 volunteer firefighters and assist with search and rescue operations.
Sonoma Community Center: Provide four months of Queer Art Club activities for 60 to 70 LGBTQIA identifying youths.
YWCA Sonoma County: Provide a new oven range and refrigerator to help serve 2,000 meals per year.
About Landmark Vineyards
Nestled at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range in the Sonoma Valley, Landmark® Vineyards epitomizes the rustic grace and beauty of Sonoma County. Since 1974, Landmark has been dedicated to producing handcrafted, ultra-premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, sourcing grapes from unique vineyard sites throughout California to create rich, balanced wines. Its Hop Kiln Estate is a registered California Historical Landmark and expands Landmark Vineyards' presence with two tasting rooms and properties in Sonoma and the Russian River Valley. Their signature wine, the Overlook Chardonnay, has appeared on The Wine Spectator Top 100 list seven times. Landmark's wines may be purchased via select wine shops and restaurants, or directly from Landmark's Tasting Room, online store, or through membership in the Wine Society.