CLEVELAND, OH—One of the pillars of Cambridge Education Group’s academic framework is giving our students and education that they can apply in the real world. One way we accomplish that goal is to facilitate internships for our students to earn credits towards graduation. Many times our students are even hired at the companies for whom they have interned.
Two of our students at Lake Erie International High School are interning with an Akron-based technology management company, Epiphany Management Group (Epiphany).
A. Medley and J. Devalle have interned with Epiphany since the beginning of our partnership with them in April 2015. Both Medley and Devalle are working remotely online for Epiphany at Lake Erie International High School. They are learning about the IT Industry and are completing online course work—offered through the e-learning provider, ALISON—to earn earn their CompTIA A+ Certification at the end of the internship.
The CompTIA A+ Certification is a globally recognized and accredited, professional certification and is essentially the equivalent of an Associate Degree in Computer Technology. It will allow Medley and Devalle to work in any IT firm, such as Epiphany.
“With technology taking over the world, working with computers and in the IT field will be in high demand,” said Medley, “IT has room for growth professionally.”
Each student will have to pass two certification exams, which normally cost nearly $200, but are covered by Epiphany, to receive their A+ certification. They may even be offered a paid internship with Epiphany, starting in June 2016, after passing both exams.
With their certification, these two students will have the opportunity to enter an IT career after graduation. Besides having low unemployment levels, IT jobs pay well with salaries that are significantly higher than the national average—the median salary of someone working in IT is $82,000. The outlook is good, too. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the availability of IT jobs is projected to grow by 17% through 2022. And 93% of hiring managers believe IT certifications are valuable in validating applicants’ expertise, especially for entry-level job seekers, like students.
We predict a bright future for these two students.