Group to launch education program clearinghouse
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Feb 24, 2000
The American Electronics Association will launch an online clearinghouse
to compile all the national data on educational projects sponsored by high-tech
companies as well as the impact those programs have on students and workers.
Anecdotal information shows that U.S. high-tech companies do more for education
reform than any other industry, but the data to demonstrate that is not
being properly collected and distributed, according to AEA president and
chief executive officer William Archey. The AEA, (www.aeanet.org) is a national
high-tech trade association.
The AEA receives hundreds of inquiries each year from parties interested
in educational programs sponsored and established by technology firms, and
how they can adopt them. The Web-based clearinghouse, called the National
Clearinghouse for High-Technology Education Initiatives, will enable the
AEA to respond to the queries with specific information from locations across
the country, while also demonstrating to policy officials the large investments
being made by technology companies, Archey said.
"Many of these programs are having a very salutary effect on student and
teacher performance but will not be replicated because teachers, administrators,
local governments and indeed other companies are not aware of these programs,"
Archey said in a release. "Also, there has been no single source of data
on the financial investments American technology firms are making in seeking
to improve our schools and universities and the skills of the American work
Fundraising for the project, which is expected to cost $500,000 in each
of its first two years, has just begun. But Intel Corp. and Texas Instruments
Inc. have donated $25,000 apiece for each of the initial two years.