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President’s Message

When it comes to career opportunities, everyone deserves a chance. That’s the message a group of Arizona 3 Science for All Technology Council members and I took Tax credit supports STEM efforts in to Washington, D.C., recently as we met Title I schools with lawmakers and their staff on Capitol 4 Tech Champion Steven G. Zylstra, Hill as part of the annual CompTIA DC President and CEO, Arizona Council CEO gets national honor Technology Council Fly-In. (More details on page 4 of this from peers section.) 5 Arizona Science Bowl In meetings throughout the day, we Students compete for chance to shared our concerns about workers shine in national spotlight lacking the skills needed to sustain a new economy built on technology. The state of this “skills gap,” as it is known, were detailed in a 2017 report issued by the The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association for trade association CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association). For example, science and technology companies. 96 percent of the 600 IT and business executives surveyed believed too many workers lack advanced skills. Phoenix Office However, instead of telling members of the Arizona delegation to just fix it, we 2800 N. Central Ave., Suite 1530 offered a ready-made solution. We asked them to cosponsor the bipartisan Championing Phoenix, AZ 85004 Phone: 602-343-8324 • Fax: 602-343-8330 Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act info@aztechcouncil.org that was introduced in both the House and Senate last summer. The proposal would provide hands-on, real-world upskilling by creating educational Tucson Office and job opportunities for high school students, early college STEM students, and The University of Arizona Science and Technology Park postsecondary students. It would encourage high schools to redouble their career 9040 S. Rita Rd., Ste. 1150 (near I-10 & Rita Rd.) training efforts, ensuring students are provided with a strong STEM and IT career Tucson, AZ 85747 technology curriculum and diverse career pathway counseling. Additionally, it would Phone: 520-382-3281 • Fax: 520-382-3299 create an intermediary body to drive industry-led, public-private partnerships to prepare tucson@aztechcouncil.org a bigger pipeline of tech professionals. Why is the measure focused on technology? If you think about it, which MANAGEMENT AND STAFF industry is not touched by technology? The gross output of the sector Steven G. Zylstra President + CEO exceeds that of legal services, automotive, airline, motion pictures, hospitality Leigh Goldstein COO + Vice President, Programs + Events and restaurants, to name just a few examples. Additionally, the skills are Linda Surovick Director, Finance + Administration highly transferrable, as 80 percent of technology jobs are standard to related Lauren Witte Director, Marketing + Communication jobs in healthcare, manufacturing, financial services and others. Deborah Zack Senior Director, Membership Services Brian Krupski Director, Membership Services Even better, the public-private partnership created would be industryLaura DeGeorge Executive Assistant to President + CEO led, not just another program dictated by government. And no new taxpayer Jeff Sales Executive Director, Southern Arizona Regional Office dollars would be needed. In the last budget, $90 million was set aside for Jamie Neilson Operations Manager, Southern Arizona Regional Office apprenticeship activities, which could be used to help fund the bill. Don Rodriguez Editor It was a pleasant surprise for our group to learn in our meeting with Rep. Ron Schott Executive Emeritus, Phoenix Kyrsten Sinema that she already was aware of the proposed CHANCE in Tech Don Ruedy Executive Emeritus, Tucson Act. In fact, she immediately agreed to sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill. Justin Williams Executive Emeritus, Tucson As for the others we met that day, we worked to bring them up to speed ARIZONA TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL FOUNDATION on the issue as we made our case. Fortunately, they all seemed to believe they Jeremy Babendure, Ph.D., Ex.ecutive Director could support the measure based on what they heard from us and committed Kelly Green, Director, Arizona Operations to have their staff study it further. A “maybe” is still better than a “no.” Marisa Ostos, Director, Arizona SciTech Festival Kaci Fankhauser, AmeriCorps VISTA All we want is a CHANCE. Committee quickly moves into new arena of eSports

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