The Information Technology Association of America's (ITAA) will hold its fifth annual National Information Technology Workforce Convocation in Arlington, Virginia on May 6-7, 2002. Keynote speakers will include U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, and Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA).
Convened to address the public policy issues, high tech training, and education priorities necessary to strengthen the U.S. high tech workforce, the Convocation will also feature ITAA's newest data on the demand for high tech workers in the U.S.
Typically, ITAA Convocations bring together hundreds of key practitioners from industry, government and education.
Other speakers will include:
-- Alfred R. Berkeley III, Vice Chairman, NASDAQ Stock Market
-- Phillip Clay, Chancellor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
-- Rita Colwell, Director, National Science Foundation
-- Terry Crane, Vice President of Education, AOL/Time Warner
-- Clare Dolan, Senior Director, Workforce Development, Oracle Corporation
-- Jim Goodnight, Chairman/President/CEO, SAS Institute
-- Jeff Joerres, President/CEO, Manpower
-- Albert Siu, Chief Learning Officer, AT&T
Discussion tracks will include Education in the e-Environment; Recruitment and Retention; Public/Private Partnerships and Diversity and Image. Full program details are available at www.itaa.org
The ITAA provides global public policy, business networking, and national leadership to promote the continued rapid growth of the IT industry. ITAA consists of over 500 corporate members throughout the U.S., and a global network of 41 countries' IT associations.
The Association plays the leading role in issues of IT industry concern including information security, taxes and finance policy, digital intellectual property protection, telecommunications competition, workforce and education, immigration, online privacy and consumer protection, government IT procurement, human resources and e-commerce policy.
Other ITAA Workforce Development initiatives include replicating a successful program to train and place people with disabilities for IT jobs through a US Department of Labor grant; implementing a program to train low income women for entry level IT jobs; a program encouraging IT involvement among African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics Americans; and implementing a nationwide program to engage IT employers in educational activities, also with US Department of Labor grant support.