New Jersey Technology Council and SetFocus Award Over $25,000 in Technology Training Scholarships

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Six scholarships awarded to help address the growing need for skilled IT workers among New Jersey’s technology sectors.

SetFocus President, Jerry Masin, states, “SetFocus believes that education is the pathway to employment. Individuals who posses relevant skills will add value to companies and can sustain long-term careers.”

SetFocus has announced today that it has awarded scholarships totaling over $25,000 through the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC). These need-based scholarships were awarded to six individuals who demonstrated an aptitude for technology, a passion for learning and a desire for a long-term career in IT.

The scholarship recipients represent individuals from all walks of life, at various stages in their careers; from recent college graduates just starting out, to mid-life career changers to experienced professionals looking to re-tool in today’s technologies. The scholarships can be applied to any .NET programming or database management program offered at SetFocus. In addition, recipients can supplement their technical skills with career mentoring and coaching sessions, designed to develop job strategies and personal marketing skills.

The Bridging the Gap Scholarship program has been an extension to NJTC’s successful Technology & Entrepreneurship Talent Network, an infrastructure and support network that provides training for individuals seeking a career in technology. Maxine Ballen, CEO, New Jersey Technology Council states, “These scholarships not only help deserving individuals, but they also support the technology community by encouraging more people to enter the technology field and become programmers, software and database developers and business intelligence analysts – careers that are in great demand in the state.”

SetFocus utilizes innovative training and career counseling techniques to prepare IT professionals for sustainable employment and fill the IT needs its national network of employers. SetFocus President, Jerry Masin, states, “SetFocus believes that education is the pathway to employment. Individuals who posses relevant skills will add value to companies and can sustain long-term careers.” Masin adds, “The Bridging the Gap Scholarship and our relationship with NJTC has helped us get this message in front of the right audience.”    

About the New Jersey Technology Council
The primary mission of NJTC, or the New Jersey Technology Council is to support its membership - the technology and tech support companies of New Jersey- by raising the visibility of technology in New Jersey and emphasizing its importance to the future economy of our State. The NJTC maintains an active Government Affairs committee comprised of representatives of private companies, state government agencies and educational institutions - all committed to the advancement of the technology community.

About SetFocus
SetFocus was founded with the premise that everyone deserves a good education and a good job. Since 1997, we have been delivering on-site and virtual job-specific training programs combined with career counseling services on The GRID to allow individuals to achieve economic viability by learning new technologies, building their employment brand and maintaining job sustainability. Over the past 15 years, our proven formula has propelled the careers of more than 2,300 IT professionals.

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