March 15, 2000

Proposed legislation will help tech industry shortage and educate/train Americans for future

Washington, DC- The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has sent a letter to Congressman David Dreier (R-CA) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) in support of the Helping to Improve Technology Education and Achievement (HITECH) Act of 2000. CCIA believes it is balanced legislation, which helps American companies answer their employment needs, while providing much needed training and education to the U.S. workforce.

“The HITECH Act of 2000″ is a testament to what can happen with bipartisan cooperation and a desire to help the technology industry and American prosperity. This legislation addresses the critical shortage of high-tech workers, while dedicating significant resources toward providing the U.S. workforce with education and training for the Information Age,” stated Ed Black, CCIA President/CEO.

The success of the American economy has been largely due to the information technology industry, with more than one million jobs in the U.S. workforce having been added since 1993. The Commerce Department estimates that more than 1.3 million additional technology workers will be needed over the next decade.

“This legislation will ensure that the United States has sufficient qualified high-tech personnel, which will be crucial for the industry’s continued success,” stated Black.

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