Lighthouse Computer Services and Tech Collective Present IT Scholarship

Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center Student receives $1,000 scholarship to pursue IT education and career path.

Lincoln, RI, June 26, 2009 --( Lighthouse Computer Services, one of Rhode Island’s fastest growing technology solutions providers, and the Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Industry Partner for Information Technology and Biosciences, has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC) senior, Myles Kalf. Kalf received the scholarship on June 16th at the WACTC’s annual awards night held at Wright’s Farm.

The scholarship was awarded by a selected committee on the criteria that the applying student be a Rhode Island resident affiliated with Military service and entering an IT, MIS or Computer Science field program at a Rhode Island college or university. Kalf’s mother is a retired Captain of the US Army Reserves; Kalf is planning to enter the Game Development and Simulation program at the New England Institute of Technology this fall.

When asked of his interest in IT, Kalf proudly described the computer he recently built from scratch and outfitted with three operating systems. The scholarship is going to make affording college “a lot easier,” he said, noting attending college in the fall would be both he and his brother, Adam – who spun him around in a gripping hug as his name was announced and crowd cheered wildly.

“Lighthouse Computer Services continues to grow as a Rhode Island IT services business, now serving more than 450 customers across the Northeast,” said Lighthouse CEO Tom Mrva. “Sustaining our growth requires access to high caliber IT talent. We feel an obligation to help attract young people to this rewarding profession. The scholarship is one way we can do that. We’re pleased it will be used by such a deserving student – and that we are able to recognize and give back to America’s Armed Forces.”

The scholarship was presented to Kalf by JoAnn Johnson, manager of youth and education programs for the Tech Collective, on behalf of Lighthouse Computer Services, who financed the scholarship, and Tech Collective, who administered it. Johnson reiterated for both organizations the importance of building a strong, viable workforce pipeline for the state’s industries: “It is our goal that this and future scholarship opportunities will work to supplement the rising costs of living and tuition for our students to enter and prosper in Rhode Island’s high-tech and high-wage STEM fields.”

About Lighthouse Computer Services:
Lighthouse Computer Services, a 110-employee firm, is one of R.I.'s fastest-growing technology companies. Founded in 1995, the company now provides technology products and services to more than 450 midsize to large enterprises throughout the Northeast. Today, Lighthouse offers consulting, integration and maintenance services on the latest hardware and software technologies available, including those from IBM, NetApp, VMware, Microsoft and more. Lighthouse placed number 268 in VARBusiness 2009 ranking of the top 500 IT solution provider firms in the U.S. Lighthouse is also winner of IBM's 2009 Beacon Award for Outstanding Service Management Tivoli Solution; 2009 Tivoli Business Partner Innovation Award; 2008 IBM Business Partner Excellence Award for North America; IBM's 2007 Award for Best Compliance Solution; and IBM's 2006 Beacon Award for Overall Technical Excellence in a Business Partner. For more information about the company, please visit

About Tech Collective:
Tech Collective is the technology industry association of Rhode Island. Focusing on Community Building and Workforce Development, we are driving technology growth, innovation and prosperity by uniting industry, government and education. Tech Collective builds and strengthens community by creating partnerships, offering thought-provoking forums and organizing state-wide participation in events like Forward Thinking, Bio Ed, GRRL Tech and Technology Laureate’s Night. In promoting and developing a highly-skilled Rhode Island workforce, Tech Collective drives technology-based education and training programs for students in grades K -16 as well as for incumbent and transitioning workers. For more information about Tech Collective initiatives and events, visit

Giselle LaFrance
Tech Collective
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David Sylvestre
Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc.
401-334-0799 ext. 155

Tech Collective
Giselle LaFrance, Manager of Media Relations
(401) 829-8321