TREVOSE, PA – Data Systems Analysts, Inc. (DSA), a leader in delivering secure information management solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense, is pleased to announce that Fran Pierce, DSA’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board was honored at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in Philadelphia’s Ignite Opportunity Benefit held on June 16th at WHYY at 150 North Sixth Street.
Fran was chosen as an honoree along with Lucinda Duncalfe, President and CEO of Monetate, as entrepreneurial role models and strong supporters of NFTE and its vision. “NFTE teaches young people entrepreneurial thinking,” said Fran Pierce. “So not necessarily just to be an entrepreneur but the characteristics that entrepreneurs possess, and taking those characteristics into any workplace so it definitely benefits business whether you start your own company or join another company.”
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization that helps young people take charge of their studies and future by learning how to become an entrepreneur. It brings together educators and business leaders to give Greater Philadelphia’s most disadvantaged students the cutting edge skills and experience they need to start successful careers as entrepreneurs and business leaders.
NFTE teaches the “entrepreneurial mindset”, which focuses on the assets of opportunity recognition, comfort with risk, creativity and innovation, future orientation, flexibility and adaptability, critical thinking and problem solving and communication and collaboration.
On a national level, NFTE is making a significant impact on the outcomes of our students’ academic and career success. In a recent survey of nearly 1,300 NFTE alumni nationwide, 99% of those age 25+ have attained a high school diploma – compared to 85% for the general U.S. population. School age NFTE alumni are 50% more likely to be in school and 88% of NFTE high school graduates are employed compared to 69% for the U.S. population.
NFTE alumni earn over 50% more than their peers, even more when they work for themselves, and NFTE alumni are twice as likely to become self-employed entrepreneurs than the general population.
Giving these youths a strong base and building their confidence will enable a healthy transition into adulthood. With a vision to pursue business opportunities, at-risk youth are inspired to invest in education, in their futures, and in their own development.
DSA is an employee owned professional services provider that is ISO 9001: 2008 registered and appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 3 for Service Projects, which enables its customers to reliably achieve sensitive, mission critical goals. Founded in 1963, DSA has deep expertise and comprehensive understanding of the operational, security, and collaboration challenges our customers must address. Our solutions encompass program and knowledge management, business process engineering and security. Our services include cyber security, software development, SharePoint solutions, data analytics, and systems engineering and integration. DSA is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, and has major operations in Washington DC, Aberdeen, MD, Tinton Falls, NJ, O’Fallon, IL, San Antonio, TX, Honolulu, HI, and Denver, CO. For more information, please call toll free to 1-877-422-4DSA.