House Introduces Tax Credit to Ease IT Worker Shortage; Technology Workforce Coalition Says Bill Helps Individuals Get IT Training, Fills Available IT Jobs.Business Editors/Hi-Tech Writers
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2001
Congress may soon provide a powerful new tool to help thwart the shortfall of IT-skilled workers.
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His brother, Brian Moran, is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. (D-VA) announced the introduction of TETA at a Washington IT conference hosted by the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses. This grassroots event is used by hundreds of IT consultants to fan out across Capitol Hill and meet with representatives on issues of concern.
Figuring prominently in those discussions will be the IT worker shortage.
"IT jobs remain vacant because companies can't find skilled people to fill them," noted Grant Mydland, Director of the Technology Workforce Coalition. "TETA helps American workers get necessary IT training, while providing a steady stream of IT-skilled workers for companies."
Mydland applauded the bill's introduction - which has a Senate companion, S. 762 - and urged Congress' quick consideration and passage of TETA.
-- Provides a tax credit of up to $1,500 for IT training expenses paid by employers -- Amends the HOPE and Lifetime Learning tax credits so individuals can better access IT training courses at all of the available institutions and training centers -- Allows tax credits of up to $2,000 for small businesses, as well as for people residing in and companies operating in empowerment zones and other qualified areas
"Over 400,000 of the 900,000 IT jobs needed in 2001 won't get filled," Mydland added. "IT drives our economy, but does so only through the talent of our IT-skilled workers. TETA gives individuals and companies the right incentives to meet America's rapidly evolving IT needs, keeping this nation truly competitive. The House should be congratulated for its foresight (graphics, tool) Foresight - A software product from Nu Thena providing graphical modelling tools for high level system design and simulation. in working to halt the IT worker shortage and to help transition America's workforce to the new economy."
About the Technology Workforce Coalition
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TWC Texas Workforce Commission (also seen as TWFC)
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TWC Trustworthy Computing was created by the Computing Technology Industry Association See CompTIA. (CompTIA) and the IT Training Association (ITTA ITTA Information Technology Training Association
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While TWC supports a multi-faceted approach, it believes that IT training tax credits will have the greatest impact. Please visit www.techcoalition.org for more information.