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CompTIA To Launch 'Engagement Platform' for IT Gender Equity

CompTIA, a nonprofit association for the IT industry, is seeking volunteers to help build and deploy an evangelism platform in an effort to raise interest in IT careers among women and girls.

Launched by the organization's Advancing Women in IT Community, the effort is part of a goal to reach out to "10,000 individuals about the opportunities available to women in the IT field," according to a CompTIA news release.

"Our goal is to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to young women in junior high and high school," said Michelle Ragusa-McBain, manager, Global Ingram-Customer Partner Experience for Cisco and community vice-chair, in a prepared statement. "We're also interested in reaching out to female veterans seeking post-military careers and professional women in other fields who may be ready for a career change."

"There are huge numbers of opportunities for women in many areas of IT," said Doriana Allyn, senior environmental health and safety manager for Brother International and community chair, in a prepared statement. "It's not just tool bag and repair, but careers in legislation, environmental issues, marketing and many other areas."

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