ORLANDO - The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation has kicked off its Advancing Cable Excellence (ACE) campaign and has already has raised nearly $1 million to help advance the capabilities of the cable telecommunications engineering workforce.
A core group of donors, including 10 operators and vendors, as well as individual contributors, has committed $965,000 to the Foundation. Corporate donors include:
- Alpha Technologies;
- Cisco Systems, Inc.;
- Liberty Global;
- Power & Telephone Supply; and
- Time Warner Cable.
The funding was announced Wednesday night by Mike LaJoie, executive vice president and CTO of Time Warner Cable and chairman of the SCTE Board of Directors, at the Chairman’s Reception at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2012 in Orlando, Fla.
“As our industry continues to evolve, there is a growing need to ensure that current and prospective members of the cable workforce have access to new opportunities that can foster career growth,” said Tony Werner, Executive Vice President and CTO of Comcast and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SCTE Foundation. “The commitments that have been made by our initial ACE donors will enable the Foundation to offer programs that support the educational goals of cable engineering and operations professionals and increase the skills and the knowledge base of the industry.”
Established in 2005, the SCTE Foundation is intended to increase the technical, business and leadership skills of the telecommunications engineering workforce, attract and recruit women and minorities into engineering careers, and position the telecommunications industry as a desirable career opportunity for aspiring young people in the early stages of their careers.
The Advancing Cable Excellence campaign offers four levels of corporate involvement—Platinum ($100,000), Gold ($50,000), Silver ($25,000) and Bronze ($10,000)—as well as a variety of giving opportunities for individuals. Funds generated through the campaign will be used to facilitate a variety of educational opportunities, including the creation and availability of online courses and tuition assistance for approved higher-education experiences.