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What is CompTIA A+?

Through Ivy Tech Community College, students can get a CompTIA A+ certification for free and get a high-paying career in the IT industry. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the CompTIA A+ certification (free of charge).

With this certification, graduates have the potential to earn $20-$24 an hour starting salary in an IT role such as a Technical Support Specialist, Field Service Technician, IT Support Technician or Administrator. Interested students need to fill out our questionnaire.


The CompTIA A+ program is completely free for participants!

The CompTIA A+ program is a hands-on program that teaches technical skills and offers boot camps that teach soft skills to help students get a job upon completion of the certification. Eight-week paid internships are available during the program, as well as test preparation. Students are supported during the program by outside experts who provide one-on-one academic coaching, as well as wraparound support from the program coordinator. Individualized assistance is based on each student’s needs, however some examples of support include, gas cards, transportation assistance, childcare and grocery assistance.

Students who are interested must fill out the questionnaire by clicking the button below!


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Stories From CompTIA Graduates

Emilio Huebra Garcia- Ivy Tech CompTIA Graduate

Emilio, an Ivy Tech Community College student, pursued the CompTIA A+ program hoping to achieve his goal of a CompTIA A+ certification. He was looking for a program that was mostly online, yet provided him with the real-life experience that is expected in the information technology (IT) field.

“I enjoyed that most of the labs could be completed entirely online,” said Emilio. “They simulate real cases and get you ready to apply what you have learned to real-life scenarios.”

In the IT field, it is important to have the opportunity to learn all of the skill necessary to be successful in the workforce. Ivy Tech’s hands-on program, boot camps, paid internships, as well as test preparation allow student to excel. With this certification, graduates have the potential to earn $15-18 an hour.

Emilio believes that this certification has opened doors for him, professionally and personally. As for his Ivy Tech experience, he believes that it was life-changing.

“I am grateful to Ivy Tech for giving me the opportunity to enroll in this course. They not only offer a high-quality education, but also the environment and support needed to succeed. [The] Ivy Tech staff is always available and attentive to the needs of the students.”


Kimberly Moloney - Ivy Tech CompTIA Graduate

Kimberly was looking for an education that provided her with flexibility, while caring for her family. Kimberly enrolled in the CompTIA A+ program through the Gary campus, and was excited to study computers in-depth and increase her marketable skills.

“The folks at Ivy Tech have been very supportive through this program. Our professor is great and has worked hard to see that my fellow students and I have internship opportunities,” Kimberly said. In addition to real-world internship experience, CompTIA A+ provides services to students such as transportation assistance and childcare. 

Upon completion of the program, Kimberly spent time interning at Valparaiso University and preparing for the CompTIA certification exam.

“The training that Ivy Tech provides is the foundation that I needed for my internship and a career in the IT world. I am prepared to enter the workforce in the IT industry.”

Photo of the Gary class (pictured left to right): Jozek Kucharik, Carlos Salazar, Kimberly Maloney, Olu Adetona, Glover Camp. Not pictured: Sterling Werfal and Elyssa Lampton


Participating Locations:

  • Bloomington
  • East Chicago
  • Indianapolis
  • Madison
  • Mooresville
  • Muncie
  • Noblesville
  • South Bend
  • Valparaiso