Donation to Future Founders Foundation Part of National CompTIA Initiative
Downers Grove, Ill., May 14, 2012 – Today, CompTIA, through its TechVoice partnership with the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) and other state-based technology associations around the country, made a $5,000 grant to support education in STEM fields in Illinois. The grant is one in a series of grants CompTIA is making on behalf of its TechVoice partners to support community-based efforts to promote IT and IT workforce development, education and training.
“The advancement of STEM education is critical to building our nation’s future technology workforce,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “Students who are better educated in these areas can become more effective and innovative employees in technology companies and in IT jobs supporting companies in almost every sector of the economy. Through our Creating IT Futures Foundation and partnerships such as TechVoice, CompTIA is contributing to local STEM education – and workforce readiness – in Illinois and other states across the country.” On behalf of the ITA, CompTIA will donate to the Future Founders Foundation, a non-profit organization that expands entrepreneurship and career exploration programs for low income students in Chicago. The organization, which works with schools throughout Chicago, seeks to inspire teenagers to explore new careers and connect them with successful mentors from a range of professions.
The foundation operates two career exposure programs:
“Improving STEM education in our schools is an important part of the Illinois Technology Association’s mission to educate, promote, influence and unite Illinois’ growing technology community,” said Fred Hoch, president, ITA. “Engaging technology leaders like CompTIA to help promote STEM education is one way that we are supporting the development of a technology workforce for our local technology community.”
CompTIA’s grant to the Future Founders Foundation is part of CompTIA’s policy to support the creation of jobs in the technology industry. Its Creating IT Futures Foundation provides training and certification opportunities to people who have historically been under-represented in the IT workforce, including individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth, women and military personnel and their spouses.
“We are honored to receive this grant from CompTIA and are pleased that other members of the technology community are joining in the campaign to make STEM education a priority with our schools, legislators, parents and, most importantly, students,” said Scott Issen, president and chief executive officer, Future Founders Foundation. “Technology is a key component of our future, but we need an educated workforce to keep our state, and nation, at the forefront of innovation.”
“Overall, we hope to further the growth and development of the IT industry through the creation and support of programs that increase the size and improve the quality of our technology workforce,” said Thibodeaux.
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About the Illinois Technology Association
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is the driving force behind the growth of Illinois’ vibrant technology industry. Providing programs and services focused on business development, visibility, and talent attraction, ITA accelerates the growth of member company’s businesses. ITA brings growth-stage industry companies together, leveraging the connections and experiences of the community to increase the overall success rate of the local industry. Championing the development and application of technologies and leveraging its transformative nature, ITA is an invaluable resource for growing companies.
TechVoice (www.techvoice.org) is a partnership of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and participating regional technology associations. Collectively, we represent thousands of technology companies across the country employing millions of workers. We are dedicated to empowering and mobilizing the grassroots tech community to impact legislative and regulatory issues important to growth, innovation and job creation
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