CompTIA Applauds President Obama's State of the Union Address that Focuses on Job Preparedness, Creation and Retention

Feb 13, 2013, 09:45 ET from CompTIA

IT Industry, Small and Medium-Sized IT Firms Key Engine to Positive Outcome

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement about President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday evening was issued by CompTIA President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Thibodeaux.


"Each year we turn to the State of the Union as a blueprint of our nation's aspirations. This year we welcome the focus of the Administration on the relationship of job preparedness, creation and retention to our knowledge-based economy. The information technology (IT) industry and small and medium-sized IT firms in particular, can be a key engine for these outcomes. 

"High skilled immigration is an important component to this mission. Retaining the best and brightest foreign students here in the U.S. will help this country lead in building the next generation of innovative products and services leading to new jobs and generating economic strength.

"CompTIA is particularly invested, however, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, but with a particular emphasis on the role of career and technical education. We have a skills gap in this country and it is not just a gap related to computer sciences.

"We must ensure that young people have access to career and technical education; can get industry-recognized certifications; and have the choice to gain a great job in technology after high school graduation or pursue higher education in STEM fields. We need to feed conversations and partnerships between public institutions and private companies so that technical education matches the skills and certifications needed by new market trends and job vacancies."

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