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May 17, 2019 8:45 am

CTA is partnering with the local Boys and Girls Club to advance STEM learning

The Consumer Technology Association is making sure Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington members understand their career options in tech fields.

CTA is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington.

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The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is partnering with the Boys and Girls  of Greater Washington (BGCGW) to advance STEM learning and career development.

The collaboration that launched last month is helping local students understand their career options in tech fields. They will also learn some tech skills from CTA that they’ll need for tech jobs.

“Tech and science are the future of the workforce and our country’s job creation,” Gabrielle Webster, president and CEO of BGCGW, said in a statement. “Our collaboration with CTA will make a tremendous impact on our members, as they get more hands-on experience in STEM-related activities and get to know and emulate the diverse team of professionals at CTA. With the growing demand for a skilled workforce in our community, CTA’s support, mentorship and encouragement for our youth will be invaluable.”

Since the partnership launched, local Boys and Girls Club members went to CTA’s headquarters in Northern Virginia to network with staff, learn about tech trends and participate in interview skills sessions. Members also got the chance to demo virtual reality headsets and audio equipment. As the partnership continues, club members will also have a chance to engage with CTA’s member companies. Financially, CTA is supporting BGCGW with proceeds from its Digital Patriots dinner that took place on April 29 to celebrate the achievements of government leaders who support innovation in consumer technology.

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Tiffany Moore, SVP of political and industry affairs at CTA, said she hopes the partnership will demystify STEM and create a rich pipeline for future tech jobs.

“CTA is committed to supporting the organization in helping develop the tech leaders of tomorrow. I know first hand the value Boys and Girls Clubs as a former club kid and I’m excited to support their work,” Moore said in a press release.

CTA is also partnering with D.C.-based edtech company EVERFI to work with high school students in Las Vegas to help them learn entrepreneurial skills and pitch venture ideas at CTA’s annual trade show CES.

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