TechUp SLO is offering people a free opportunity to upgrade their tech skills, explore a new career path, or gain their first IT certification. “We want to help people who are looking for the first steps to a new career, or students exploring career options, during these uncertain times,” said Steve Burnside, TechUp SLO’s project coordinator.

TechUp SLO is a private Facebook group, offering residents of San Luis Obispo County basic technology knowledge and ongoing membership in its group for questions, comments, and networking, plus a completely free online technology course from CompTIA. The national firm is making available its ITF+ curriculum until May 31, 2020 to TechUp SLO members.

For more information and to sign up for this opportunity, go to . “After interested people sign up online, they will receive an email explaining how to enroll for the free CompTIA course, normally $179, with links and instructions from Clever Ducks, and an invite and links to join the TechUp Facebook group,” explained Burnside.

TechUp SLO is virtually hosted by Clever Ducks, an IT service company founded in 1992 by Peter and Amy Kardel in San Luis Obispo to service the computer consulting needs of small businesses on the Central Coast of California. “Digital skills are more important than ever, and whether people want to improve their skills or consider a career in tech, we want to help with free learning and information for our community,” added Peter Kardel.

CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) is a nonprofit trade association made up of more than 2,000 member organizations and 3,000 business partners headquartered near Chicago. Although the organization focuses on educating and certifying IT professionals, it also figures prominently in philanthropy and public policy.