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May 09, 2012

CompTIA, New Jersey Technology Council Team Up to Support STEM Education in New Jersey Schools

Donation to NJTC Education Foundation Part of National CompTIA Initiative

Downers Grove, Ill., May 9, 2012 – Today, CompTIA, through its TechVoice partnership with the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) and other state-based technology associations around the country, made a $5,000 grant to support education in STEM fields in New Jersey.

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 foundation, Creating IT Futures, and partnerships such as TechVoice, CompTIA is contributing to local STEM education – and workforce readiness – in states across the country, including New Jersey.”

CompTIA will donate to the NJTC’s Education Foundation. The Foundation is committed to the continued development of a highly educated technology workforce in New Jersey and brings business and academia together to help NJTC’s member companies connect with member schools, colleges, and universities to find interns, cooperative education students or new graduates seeking placement.

“Improving STEM education in our schools is an important part of the New Jersey Technology Council’s mission to educate, promote, influence and unite New Jersey’s growing technology community,” said Maxine Ballen, president and chief executive officer, NJTC. “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 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.

“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.

About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA at www.facebook.com/CompTIA and twitter.com/comptia.

About the New Jersey Technology Council
The primary mission of NJTC, or the New Jersey Technology Council (http://www.njtc.org/index.asp), is to support its membership - the technology and tech support companies of New Jersey- by raising the visibility of technology in New Jersey and emphasizing its importance to the future economy of our State. The NJTC maintains an active Government Affairs committee comprised of representatives of private companies, state government agencies and educational institutions - all committed to the advancement of the technology community.

About TechVoice
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.

Contacts:
Audrey Chang
The Harbour Group
202-295-8779
audrey.chang@harbourgrp.com

Steven Ostrowski
CompTIA
630-678-8468
sostrowski@comptia.org