Magazine article Workforce

Government Bolsters IT Initiatives

Magazine article Workforce

Government Bolsters IT Initiatives

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The U.S. government has been playing an increasingly active role in an effort to promote the information technology profession. Spurred on by the Arlington, Virginia-based Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and other concerned industry groups, the Departments of Education, Commerce and Labor have issued reports, generated publicity, and sponsored major conferences to address the issue. Major funding and other incentive programs have also been launched.

Here are examples of the U.S. government's current IT development initiatives:

President's Educational Technology Initiative

This initiative is designed to encourage the advancement of technological literacy among all students by the beginning of the century. The four specific goals of the program, called the "Four Pillars" are: *Modern computers and learning devices will be accessible to every student.

*Classrooms will be connected to one another and to the outside world.

*Educational software will be an integral part of the curriculum-and as engaging as the best video game.

*Teachers will be ready to use and teach with technology.

Other government steps include:

*Expanding industry involvement in school-to-work: The Department of Education and the Department of Labor will provide up to $6 million in grants for industry groups that expand private-sector involvement in school-to-work. …

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