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Earns Senate-letter


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Earns Senate-letter

  1. 1. May 25, 2016 Honorable Orrin Hatch
 Honorable Patty Murray 104 Hart Office Building 154 Russell Senate Office Building United States Senate
 United States Senate Washington, D.C., 20510 Washington, D.C., 20510 Dear Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Murray, On behalf of CompTIA, TECNA, BSA | The Software Alliance, and the undersigned state technology associations, I would like to applaud you on the introduction of the EARNS (Effective Apprenticeships Rebuild National Skills) Act. The need to further develop our domestic pipeline of talent has long been a priority of both CompTIA and TECNA and this legislation recognizes the importance of apprenticeships as a means to a better-prepared high skilled workforce. Accordingly, we would like to offer our full endorsement of the EARNS Act. Apprenticeship programs provide an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom, in a field that requires a high level of skill, while beginning to earn a wage. In addition, apprenticeship programs can help the employer obtain the skills they need from workers while helping the employee smoothly transition their newly learned skills into a full time job. The Department of Labor also has compelling evidence that apprenticeships can increase one’s earning potential significantly. The importance of these programs cannot be stressed enough as limited high-skilled talent is an ongoing concern. In our current ecosystem, there are more jobs that require these skills then there are workers to fill them. In order to close the gap, there must be cooperation among the stakeholders. The EARNS act does just that by enhancing cooperation between the public and private sector as well as educational institutions. In addition to enhanced cooperation with educational institutions, the EARNS act will help to integrate apprenticeship programs into postsecondary education, allowing students to maximize their benefit from these programs. Again, we would like to offer our support for the EARNS Act and the valuable programs it will provide to members of the workforce across the country. We look forward to working with you and your staff as this bill moves through the legislative process. Sincerely, Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President CompTIA Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) Austin Technology Council (ATC) California Technology Council (CTC) Colorado Technology Association CONNECT Connecticut Technology Council (CTC)
  2. 2. Idaho Tech Council (ITC) Illinois Technology Association (ITA) KC Tech Council Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) Nashville Technology Council New Hampshire High Tech Council (NHHTC) New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC) New York Technology Council (NYTECH) North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) OHTech Orange County Technology Alliance Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Technology Association of Iowa Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK) Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) Tech Titans Utah Technology Council Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) Wisconsin Technology Council About BSA | The Software Alliance BSA | The Software Alliance ( is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 60 countries around the world, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy. BSA’s members include: Adobe, ANSYS, Apple, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, CA Technologies, CNC/Mastercam, DataStax, Dell, IBM, Intuit, Microsoft, Minitab, Oracle,, SAS Institute, Siemens PLM Software, Splunk, Symantec, Tekla, The MathWorks, Trend Micro and Workday. About CompTIA The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and nearly 2 million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. About TECNA "The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) serves as the voice for the North American technology community. TECNA’s members represent over 22,000 technology-related companies throughout North America. TECNA brings value to state and regional technology organizations in their effort to foster collaboration, innovation and the exchange of ideas within the fast paced and quick changing world of technology."