frequently asked questions

I'm interested in a technology career, but don't know where to start. What do you recommend?

There are many different types of careers in the IT industry.  Trying to navigate all the options and find which might be of interest can be tough and confusing.  For most entering the industry with little experience, we at FTSI recommend the CompTIA ITF+ certification track.  The ITF+ provides a broad spectrum of technology concepts designed to build a foundation in preparation for the CompTIA A+.  The A+ exposes you to many different aspects of the industry, can help you identify areas of interest, and gives you an industry certification that employers are looking for to kick off your career.  Use what you learn in obtaining the A+ to find your niche in the industry.

As a sponsor, are scholarships tax deductible?

Yes, scholarships that you donate to be granted to someone else are tax deductible.  FTSI is a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization and will provide you with donation receipts for your tax records.  

What if I already have a sponsor or sponsors for a scholarship?

That is great, it will fast-track the process.  When filling out the scholarship application, one of the questions asks if you already have a sponsor or sponsors.  The application will request the details on your sponsors.  FTSI would contact you and determine the remaining logistics.

My employer wants to sponsor me, how does that work?

Your employer can use the sponsorship form and choose ‘Corporate Sponsor’, specify a named individual, and complete the rest of the form details.  FTSI will contact the corporate sponsored named individual (you) and begin the scholarship process.

How much of scholarship donations go towards the scholarship itself?

Our costs for the individual training materials, books, video content, learning management system, practice exams and certification exams are provided at our cost, plus ~3% to cover transaction fees.  The mentors are paid $15 of the $20 charge per week, the remaining $5 is pay FTSI’s cost portion of the mentorship tools.  However, in some cases a student might require more than the 12 weeks that is estimated for mentor costs, in which FTSI picks up the extra amount.  Also, in some cases, students can progress through the material in less than 12 weeks, in which the remaining funds are kept by FTSI to help fund the next student.

What if I fail the certification exam?

Failing a certification exam is something that everyone in the tech industry has had to cope with.  The deciding factor is whether you decide to give up, or use the failure to identify what areas you need to study up on to be successful on the next attempt.  Your mentor will work with you to create a gap training plan to cover specific areas outlined in your exam report.  Once you have progressed through the gap training plan, you will be provided another exam voucher, simple as that.

Will Future Tech Skills Inc help me find a job once I completed an entry level certification?

While we can’t make any promises, Future Tech Skills Inc has partnership programs for companies who are actively searching for technical employees.  Getting you trained is only the first step for us at FTSI, we want to see you succeed in the industry!

What is a personalized training plan?

One of the tasks of the mentor is to review a student’s learning style, available study time and exposure to the certification content, and use that to build a personalized training plan that outlines a weekly plan of topics, chapters, labs and practice exams.  This helps maintain a steady study timeline and aids in planning for the certification exam scheduling. 

Can I sponsor a scholarship for myself?

Yes, you can sponsor yourself, but it may not be tax deductible.  Since it is for yourself, it changes from a donation to services rendered.  You will want to check with your tax advisor on specific details.

What happens if I am awarded a scholarship, begin going through an FTSI training program, but then decide a technology career is not for me?

Nothing.  Part of our selection and interview process attempts to gain insight into a scholarship candidate’s future goals and interest levels, but sometimes you don’t know until you dive in and see what being in a technology career involves.  There is no payback clause, or obligation of any kind for the scholarship awarded student.  

Want to find out more?

We have a few ways for you to contact us.  Use the ‘Contact Us’ button, or the chat box on the bottom right. We look forward to hearing from you!