Welcome to the 1st edition of the CompTIA AITP Region 18 CommuniGram for 2018! What will 2018 bring for AITP? We’ve already had a very interesting 2017 since the acquisition by CompTIA. Hopefully more exciting things will come about as the dust begins to settle and CompTIA AITP comes into its own.

Chapter Leaders, Members, and Students, do you have a news item or article that you would like to see included in the next CommuniGram? Drop me a line! Region Members would love to hear about what your chapter is up to!

Do you have new members? Make sure to have them visit our Region’s Website and sign up for the CommuniGram. New members are no longer added automatically.

Thank you!

Jen Addair, Editor

Region 18 News

Region 18 President’s Message – 01-17-18

I’m excited about the positive changes occurring due to our merger with CompTIA. I ask everyone to make sure and visit AITP.org and review the new benefits provided by CompTIA. Also, don’t forget to sign up for their SmartBriefs – they’re excellent.  I know some of our Chapters have been classified as Tier 2 and Tier 3.  There’s help coming to assist these Chapters in growing and becoming viable Chapters for their respective geographic areas. For those affected, you’ll need to have some patience, but don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’ll take a high degree of effort on the Chapter’s part in conjunction with guidance/assistance from CompTIA. Their Ambassador’s program is primarily focused on assisting and helping our Chapter’s continue to grow and provide value. I’m also proud to have been selected to be an Ambassador.

As CompTIA Region 18 we’ll have some challenges defining our deliverables in 2018 and beyond. CompTIA is talking about having three regional conferences in the U.S. – Eastern, Central, and Western U.S. The location, costs and content of these has yet to be defined. In the interim, we as CompTIA Region 18 need to define our goals for 2018 and what we are going to provide to our member Chapters. The first meeting where we’ll start addressing this is our RD meeting on Thursday evening, 01/25/2018.

Our previous Region 18 BOD teleconference meeting was held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Our next Region 18 teleconference meeting is scheduled for the 4th Thursday in January, the 25th of the month. Our Region 18 Board of Directors meetings are normally on the fourth (4th) Thursday evening of every month. The meetings are usually held via teleconference. If you’d like to participate in future RD meetings, please contact your RD for the dial in numbers or any of your Region Officers. If you’re not an Officer or RD, please contact Mary Jane Scruggs at “mjscruggs@att.net” and let her know you’ll be attending so you can be added to the roll call.

Our Region 18 Mission:

  • Providing professional and leadership development for the IT professionals and students attending.
  • Creating opportunities to network with other IT Professionals and students.
  • Staying on the forefront of information technology through

Your 2017 Region 18 Officers are:

  • President – Brad Moses – Research Triangle Chapter
  • Vice President – Carolyn Walters – Tarheel Chapter
  • Treasurer – Nick Regopoulos – Akron-Canton Chapter
  • Secretary – Mary Jane Scruggs – Akron-Canton Chapter
  • Immediate Past-President – Harvey Schoenman

As things progress in relation to Region 18 status and the ongoing merger with CompTIA, there may be Region 18 Officer changes occurring during 2018.

Jen Addair, addair.jen@gmail.com, is our Communigram editor. Please keep her updated on your Professional and Student Chapter activities so they can be included in the next Communigram, which she normally publishes during the first week of each month. Please submit your updates/articles to Jen NLT than the end of the last week in the current month.

I’m proud to have the opportunity to be your Region 18 President. We have a dedicated team of Region Officers and RDs to help your Region deliver value to members – but, we can’t do it alone.  We need your help also. So, please step up to the plate and volunteer a few hours of your time and talent to your Region and/or Chapter.

Thank you and let’s have a great 2018.

Brad Moses
AITP Region 18 President
mobile# 919-395-7926


Chapter News

Akron Chapter

The Akron Chapter is on hiatus until March.  However, look for them at the Cleveland SQL Saturday on Saturday February 3rd.  To signup for the event please go to http://www.sqlsaturday.com/708/EventHome.aspx .

Greater Wheeling Chapter

The Greater Wheeling Chapter will held its January meeting on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 meeting at the White Palace in Wheeling Park, Wheeling, WV.

The meeting was an Open Discussion led by 2018 GWC President Bill Fairbanks.

Some points of Discussion were:
  • Why am I here?
  • Why isn’t everyone here?
  • What do I expect out of AITP?
  • What do I expect out of AITP Meetings?
  • How can I make AITP meetings better?
  • Where do you see AITP in the future?
  • Is this where you want to see AITP?

RTP Chapter

The Research Triangle Chapter will hold their next meeting on Thursday, February 8th. The topic of discussion will be Tips, Trends, and Tactics To Get Your Dream Job –Talent Acquisition Expert Panel

Have you ever wondered how to get through the online application black hole in HR when applying for jobs? Do you need to know the latest tech trends to help focus your training and continuous education to launch your next career move? Need tips on standing out from the crowd and being the candidate everyone wants? Come meet our amazing group of Talent Acquisition professionals from local companies, and level up your career.

Ryan Batchelor – TalentARB – Founder
Trey Lanza-Church – Cree – Sr Corporate Recruiter
Mark Weinberg – Align Technology – Sr Talent Acquisition Advisor

More Information and Registration

In Other News…

New Collegiate IT Competition

Instructors and Students, as CompTIA has done away with the annual National Collegiate Conference, there is a new option for 2018. The Foundation for IT Education (FITE) is PROUD to announce the debut of the U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference (USITCC) in San Antonio, Texas April 6-7, 2018 at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel. The event will be held in conjunction with ISECON2018 and is open to ALL IT/IS/CS/CIS/MIS college & university students and faculty.

Click here for more information.