15th SB to Open Testing Center for Industry Certifications

15th Sustainment Brigade
Courtesy Story

Date: 11.28.2009
Posted: 11.28.2009 02:53
News ID: 42092
15th SB to Open Testing Center for Industry Certifications

By 1st Lt. Michael Anderson<br /> <br /> CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Soldiers from the Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade will lead the way in obtaining the latest industry certifications.<br /> <br /> Warrant Officer 1 Slyvester Price, a communications technician with the brigade, has been the leading force in providing this unique opportunity to the brigade. <br /> <br /> "These certifications provide a high level skill set for the Soldiers," Price said.<br /> <br /> Certifications allow individuals to validate that they are an expert in that area of the industry, and is especially prevalent in the constantly changing world of information technology, said Price.<br /> <br /> "This will allow a Soldier to market themselves better," added Price.<br /> <br /> Soldiers will be able to take Computing Technology Industry Association, or CompTIA, exams. CompTIA is a non-profit organization that provides introductory certifications for people entering the IT world, Price explained.<br /> <br /> "As we get more people to participate, we will add more options for Soldiers," said Price. Cisco, Microsoft, and Java are among the vendors to be added.<br /> <br /> Company A, 15th STB, will provide a room to serve as the Pearson/Vue Testing Center. This area will allow official certification tests to be taken and earned. <br /> <br /> "Having the option to obtain certifications on [COL] Q-West encompasses a multitude of advantages that we are really lucky to have," said Capt. Adrian Robinson, the A Company commander.<br /> <br /> Another additional benefit that Soldiers will receive is the ability to obtain vouchers. These vouchers allow the Soldiers to take these certification exams at a reduced price, Price said.<br /> <br /> These certifications will allow the 15th Sust. Bde. Soldiers to stay current with the latest IT industry changes and eventually be better prepared for life in and after the Army. <br /> <br /> "We have the ability to receive the most up to date training there is to offer [and] to become more proficient in [our] tasks," added Robinson<br /> <br /> The A Company testing center is scheduled to open in December.<br />