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Jul 23, 2012

CompTIA, Tampa Bay Technology Forum Team Up to Support STEM Education in Florida Schools

Donation to Florida-Based Tampa Bay Technology Forum Foundation Part of National CompTIA Initiative

Tampa, Fla., July 23, 2012 – Today, CompTIA, through its TechVoice partnership with the Tampa Bay Technology Forum 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 Florida.

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 Florida and in other states across the country.”

The Tampa Bay Technology Forum Foundation has been designated the recipient of CompTIA’s grant. Founded a decade ago, the TBTF Foundation encourages and equips at-risk youth in the Tampa Bay area to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. They have donated computer labs to local Boys and Girls clubs and awarded more than 40 college or vocational school scholarships to at-risk kids interested in pursuing STEM careers.

“Improving STEM education in our schools is an important part of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s mission to educate, promote, influence and unite Florida’s growing technology community,” said Heather Kenyon, chief executive officer, Tampa Bay Technology Forum. “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 Tampa Bay Technology Forum Foundation is part of CompTIA’s policy to support the creation of jobs in the technology industry. Its Creating IT Futures Foundation 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 Robert Riddell, TBTF Foundation chairman. “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.org or follow CompTIA at www.facebook.com/CompTIA and twitter.com/comptia.

About Tampa Bay Technology Forum
The Tampa Bay Technology Forum is a membership organization dedicated to growing and promoting Tampa Bay’s technology’s “eco-system. Through events, education, networking, advocacy, and philanthropy programs, TBTF provides targeted forums to bring technology and business leaders, investors, government, researches and educators together.

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