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TAF’s newest Alliance Member, Nortal U.S., will connect hundreds of Seattle area students with technology industry experiences.

 In #TAFMedia, #TAFPartners, Press Release

Seattle, WA (January 6, 2021) – TAF (Technology Access Foundation) is excited to announce an official corporate partnership with Nortal U.S. to provide students, grades 6 through 12,  in underrepresented communities throughout the greater Seattle area with exposure to technology industry knowledge and experiences. 

As the newest TAF Alliance member, Nortal is committed to offering at least two student engagement opportunities in the coming year through corporate volunteerism and career-connected experiences, allowing students to build skills in software development and cutting-edge technologies with Nortal employees. This partnership is part of Nortal’s larger initiative to increase community engagement within the technology community. TAF is one of two organizations included in their pilot skills-based employee volunteer program.

“Nortal was looking for organizations to partner with and utilize our development skills for underrepresented communities,” said Leigh Wunderlin, HR Business Partner at Nortal. “Our team was impressed with TAF’s established reputation in the local grade school community and endeavors in technology and STEM access. TAF’s ability to provide guidance and staff to coordinate with our developers as we build out our pilot volunteer program at Nortal made the partnership an easy decision. We look forward to continuing to work with TAF while furthering their mission of creating access to learning for students and teachers of color to eliminate race-based disparities in an increasingly diverse society.”

Last October, before the official partnership, Nortal employees presented to TAF students during the virtual College and Career Fair to share interview tips for the technology industry and career possibilities in software development. In addition to working with students, Nortal has also provided TAF with integration support to improve communication efforts and donor relationships. With Nortal committed to both operational and programmatic projects, TAF will improve foundation-level efficiencies and expand exciting opportunities to students.

“Nortal’s strategic consulting services, industry knowledge, and Subject Matter Experts will enhance our ability to provide meaningful and impactful experiences for our students. Nortal’s specific experience within Healthcare, Government, and Enterprise can help our students build applicable 21st-century skills,” shared Tyrone Cunningham, Corporate Relations Officer at TAF. “I look forward to building this relationship, finding additional ways to collaborate, and hopefully in the future, Nortal hiring a TAF graduate.”

About TAF
TAF is a nonprofit leader in providing equitable public education opportunities and environments to students and teachers of color across Washington State. Through four core programs: TAF Academies, School Transformation, and Network for EdWork, TAF address three problems that keep students of color away from  STEM education, academic success, and careers: low expectations, a shortage of role models in STEM, and lack of access to quality, STEM-focused education. By partnering with public school districts, universities, businesses, and communities, TAF eliminates race-based disparity in academic achievement, promotes the highest level of student learning and teacher development, and empowers leaders. Learn more at https://www.techaccess.org.

About Nortal
Nortal is a leading digital transformation company with 1000 experts across 18 offices in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Our Seattle team enables enterprises to quickly meet high demands of scale, security, and performance empowered by the latest technologies. Learn more at https://nortal.com/us/.

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