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WHAT IS A MEMBER ORGANIZATION

GITCA Member Organizations consist of the following types:

  • Community based IT User Groups.
  • Community based IT Associations.
  • Student IT Groups.
  • Industry Associations.
  • Professional Associations

Together they constitute the GITCA Federation of Members. Although each type of Member Organization has their own specific focus they all share some common traits:

  • They are collections of like-minded individuals who get together either in person or virtually to discuss topics that are relevant to them and the IT industry.
  • They work to develop the relevance and effectiveness of the IT industry as a whole.
  • They work to develop the careers of IT Professionals through:
    • Increasing financial stability by providing access to expert career guidance and networking opportunities.
    • Increasing job security by providing access to training on leading edge IT skills needed by the marketplace.
    • Building a sense of community by providing a collaborative environment through which knowledge and experience can be exchanged.
    • Increasing self-esteem by recognizing and acknowledging accomplishment in both the workplace and the community.
    • Encouraging personal and professional growth by providing learning challenges and promoting the concept of “lifelong learning”.

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The Strength and Unity of Community

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Specifically, it is estimated that there are over 100,000 community-based User Groups and Associations around the world. They have proven very valuable in providing feedback on products and services to IT solution providers essentially providing a vehicle for change. In addition many participate in community projects by providing free hardware, software and computer consulting services to schools and non-profit organizations.