CompTIA, Downers Grove, Ill. has launched a new mentoring program for women interested in joining or currently in the IT industry through their Advancing Women in IT community. In addition to educational resources and information on certifications, members can volunteer to become a mentor or request a mentor to be assigned to them. The Community page can be accessed here.
TechAmerica, Washington, has officially disbanded its Oregon chapter in an effort to focus the group's attention on national issues. TechAmerica Oregon had faced growing competition from Technology Association of Oregon, Portland, which recently rebranded itself after selecting a new CEO. TechAmerica has long roots in the region; the group began as the West Coast Electronic Manufacturers Association in 1943.
TechMaine, Portland, has re-formed as a for-profit organization with the association’s prior executive director, Joe Kumiszcza, at the helm. The group had disbanded in 2011 after declaring bankruptcy, blaming a loss in dues-paying members (see "Technology News in Brief, 10/28/2011"). Kumiszcza, who is also seeking a seat in the Maine House of Representatives, purchased the organization’s assets in June, according to the Bangor Daily News.