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Colorado Technology Association unveils new Foundation

Tuesday, September 2, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Media Contact: Megan Ryan, Marketing & Events Director, 303.592.4069, megan@coloradotechnology.org or Wendy Nkomo, COO, 303.592.4077, wendy@coloradotechnology.org

Colorado Technology Association unveils new Foundation

Efforts will focus on STEM education and workforce development to build the technology talent pipeline

Denver, CO – The Colorado Technology Association is pleased to announce the launch of the Colorado Technology Foundation (CTF), a Rose Community Foundation fund. Colorado is at a critical juncture where the growth of technology jobs across sectors is accelerating, yet our ability to develop more IT leaders is not keeping up to demand in the marketplace. The CTF will exist to deliver on this talent building well into the future, fueling Colorado’s economy through technology.

"For 20 years, our association has been assisting with programs to promote technology education in Colorado. Now, with CTF, our association and member companies can accelerate programs and deepen impact to strengthen our technology economy through talent development,” said Erik Mitisek, CEO of the Colorado Technology Association.

The CTF will bridge companies in the technology sector to education, technology and workforce programs in Colorado. Companies fundamentally require a qualified talent pipeline to fill technology jobs in Colorado in order to grow and remain competitive nationally and globally, yet producing the future workforce through the complex education and workforce development system requires focus, agility and excellence. CTF exists to make it easy for companies to meaningfully engage with teachers, students and administrators to create the future workforce they need, because building a talent pipeline for the technology industry requires sustainable and scalable partnerships between educators and employers from pre-school through higher education.

"The Colorado Technology Foundation, working in cooperation with education and work force development organizations, strives to address one of the most compelling issues in Colorado – the challenge of growing the pipeline of a technology ready workforce,” said Wendy Nkomo, Executive Director of CTF. "We will work closely with the Colorado Education Initiative to support the execution of the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap.”

Currently, the World Economic Forum ranks the United States 52nd globally for STEM education. Changing this ranking will require many more companies to get involved in educating our youth. CTF will focus on helping small to medium sized companies meaningfully plug into impactful STEM programs across the state in alignment with their company core values and community giving objectives. CTF will maintain a portfolio of STEM education programs and partners that technology companies and technology departments can access to effectively and efficiently engage along the spectrum of the pipeline from pre-K through employment. Programs in the portfolio will span internships, career pathways, job shadowing, mentoring, advisory council participation, teacher externships, equipment donations, competitions and educational events.

"The CTF is helping to build the pipeline of tech workers for the future of Colorado and thereby addressing one of the most important issues in our economy,” said Annette Quintana, CEO of Istonish and Colorado Technology Association board member. "CTF will initially focus on building an internship program for STEM students and providing ‘externship’ support for educators.”

Learn more about the CTF here: www.coloradotechnology.org/page/Foundation.

About Colorado Technology Association: The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) leads the network of companies and professionals fueling Colorado's economy, through technology. Since 1994, the association has represented Colorado’s technology industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the state. The CTA leads an inclusive network that benefits our member community, advocates for a pro-business and technology-friendly climate, influences the development of a robust talent pipeline and leads initiatives to help companies grow. For more information on Colorado Technology Association, please call 303.592.4070 or visit ColoradoTechnology.org.

 

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