"As the state of Colorado seeks to remain competitive in an increasingly advanced global economy, it is imperative that our system of higher education have the necessary equipment and resources to build the skilled workforce we'll need now and in the future", stated Larry Penley, president of Colorado State University, one of the recipients of a grant. "The Colorado Institute of Technology, through this programme, is providing vital support that will better enable us to meet that need for our students and our state."
In this first of two rounds of grants in the Colorado Institute of Technology (CIT) Equipment Programme, grants were made to programmes that will support the development of a statewide Grid computing initiative, along with new curriculum in bioinformatics, homeland security, digital media, and various other technology areas for students in the colleges and universities of Colorado.
"The response, both in terms of submission of proposals and enthusiastic support of CIT sponsors, to this inaugural phase of the CIT Equipment Programme has been very strong", stated Midge Cozzens, CIT president and chief executive officer. "The programmes that will use CIT sponsor equipment are designed to accelerate the economic recovery in Colorado's technology industry in two key areas: workforce and innovation." Submissions will be accepted in the second phase of the programme starting April 30, 2004.
"Sun's support of CIT in the form of cash and equipment is aimed at making tangible and measurable improvements to the technology environment for Colorado companies and helping develop the Colorado workforce", stated Terry Erdle, vice president of marketing and strategy, Sun Services. "Together, Sun and CIT are driving innovative educational programmes that can lead to economic success."
"Hitachi sees its investment in the CIT Equipment Programme returning value to the technology sector and Colorado's economy at large", stated a Hitachi Data Systems spokesperson. "Higher education is frequently identified as a key to the future of Colorado's economic growth. With this programme, institutions receive state-of-the art products that inspire innovative results", he stated.
The higher education institutions who will receive equipment and funding as a result of this round of grants are Arapahoe Community College, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Colorado System, and the University of Denver.
The primary objective of the CIT Equipment Programme is to support the development of new curriculum in various technology areas for students in the colleges and universities of Colorado. Areas of particular interest to CIT are areas related to global telecommunications, enterprise systems, digital media, bioinformatics and homeland security. A second objective is to provide seed equipment and software for start up research projects in the initiative areas.
Colorado Institute of Technology is a partnering of industry and academia, initiated by Governor Bill Owens, to define their needs and align their collective resources to meet these needs. CIT is working to ensure the availability of a highly qualified workforce for the State's industries which are focused on technology or utilize technology; and to establish Colorado as a centre of innovation and development of new knowledge in technology applications, processes, products and services. The CIT is financed entirely by private contributions from companies including EDS, Hitachi Data Systems, Level3 Communications, Oracle Corporation, Qwest Communications and Sun Microsystems.