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May 5, 2006 at 12:32 PM

Microsoft seeks another kind of growth

At Seattle University today, the National Center for Women & Technology announced that it’s getting $1 million from Microsoft to encourage more women to enter the tech industry.

“Ensuring a diverse, professional IT workforce is a priority, not an option, for the United States as our country faces a critical personnel shortage in IT and the potential erosion of the U.S. position as a leader in IT innovation,” NCWIT Chief Executive Lucy Sanders said in a release.

Expect to hear more about the issue next week when the organization hosts a “town hall” meeting in Washington, D.C. The featured speaker is Microsoft Research boss Rick Rashid.

Microsoft hopes that its collaboration with the group will “inspire the imagination of students everywhere and encourage each one to pursue a career in the sciences,” Rashid said in the release.

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