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Jun 12, 2012

CompTIA, Minnesota High Tech Association Team Up to Support STEM Education in Minnesota Schools

Donation to Minnesota High Tech Foundation Part of National CompTIA Initiative

Downers Grove, Ill., June 12, 2012 – Today, CompTIA, through its TechVoice partnership with the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) and other state-based technology associations around the country, made a $5,000 grant to support SciTechsperience, Minnesota’s STEM-based internship program. 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 Minnesota.”

CompTIA will donate $5,000 to the Minnesota High Tech Foundation (MHTF), a nonprofit arm of the MHTA that promotes and supports excellence in science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM). The MHTA Foundation awards annual STEM scholarships and internship opportunities to qualified Minnesota students. It is also actively engaged in several STEM-based research projects focusing on identifying the attributes of successful STEM professionals and identifying the demand within various STEM-related fields.
“Preparing our workforce for technology jobs is an important part of MHTA’s mission to fuel Minnesota’s prosperity through innovation and technology,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and chief executive officer, MHTA. “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 its policy to support the creation of jobs in the technology industry. Its philanthropic arm, the 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 march to make STEM education a priority with our schools, legislators, parents and, most importantly, students,” said Kelliher. “Technology is the future for our world, 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.

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.orgwww.facebook.com/CompTIA and www.twitter.com/comptia.

About the Minnesota High Tech Association
MHTA, or the Minnesota High Tech Association (http://www.mhta.org/), is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity. We help bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology ecosystem and lead the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol and the local affiliate for our global partners, TechAmerica and TECNA. Our 350+ member companies, organizations, educational institutions and government agencies work the spectrum of technology — IT, advanced manufacturing, bio and life sciences and the fast growing clean, green and edutech fields — and range from long-established corporations to small and growing startups.

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.

Audrey Chang      
The Harbour Group      

Steven Ostrowski