Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership Awarded IBM Grant

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The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership is the recipient of a discretionary grant from IBM. The funds are being invested in initiatives including local robotics and coding programs.

The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership is the recipient of a discretionary grant from IBM. The funds are being invested in three initiatives including local high school robotics programs and student participation in the FIRST® Robotics Competition. Second, funds support the local National Center for Women and Information Technology (“NCWIT”) Aspirations in Computing program for more than 100 young women attending several area high schools to recognize their achievements in coding and using technology throughout the school year. Several of these students went on to compete in the Women in Technology national event. Third, the grant is applied toward the design and delivery of Raspberry Pi curriculum for more than 40 participants to learning the basics of coding and create a home media server. The class is designed for both youth and those adults seeking to build new skills to improve employability in the current job market.

“In addition to the financial support from the grant, IBM volunteer resources have also participated in several Tech Talk events produced by the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership held each month to connect the business and education communities together on key and relevant technology topics,” says Beth F. Tracy, IBM Corporate Citizenship Manager.

“This is an area of the country, like many others, seeing huge challenges in attracting and retaining technology skills across many industries and market segments,” says Linda Lyding, SWFL Regional Technology Partnership board member and retired IBM Vice President, Global Technology Services. “The IBM discretionary partnership grant has made a significant difference to the Southwest Florida region and our communities.”

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