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Jul 13, 2012

CompTIA, Washington Technology Industry Association Team Up to Support STEM Education in Washington Schools

Donation to Washington-Based Technology Access Foundation Part of National CompTIA Initiative

Seattle, July 13, 2012 – Today, CompTIA, through its TechVoice partnership with the Washington Technology Industry Association and other state-based technology associations around the country, made a $5,000 grant to support education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in Washington.

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 states across the country, including Washington.”

The Technology Access Foundation (TAF) has been designated the recipient of CompTIA’s grant as it is a nonprofit leader in science, technology, engineering and math education geared toward students of color. TAF partners with public education, businesses and the community to engage these students in STEM-related activities.

“Improving STEM education in our schools is an important part of the Washington Technology Industry Association’s mission to educate, promote, influence and unite Washington’s growing technology community,” said Susan Sigl, president and chief executive officer of the Washington Technology Industry Association. “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 Technology Access 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 very excited to receive the TechVoice Grant from CompTIA. As our nation continues to integrate technology into the classroom it is vitally important for our teachers to understand how to use various technology tools to facilitate learning and engage students,” said Trish Millines Dziko, executive director and co-founder of TAF. “This grant will not only support teacher growth, but it will also help us prepare incoming TAF Academy sixth and ninth graders for the rigors of project based learning in a STEM environment.”

“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 Washington Technology Industry Association
The Washington Technology Industry Association (www.washingtontechnology.org) is one of the oldest and largest statewide technology trade associations in North America. They have 800 member companies with 100,000 tech workers statewide and affiliations with 40 technology trade associations across the country.

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