The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation announced that it had surpassed the $2.2 million mark in money raised to advance the capabilities of the cable telecommunications engineering workforce as part of its Advancing Cable Excellence (ACE) campaign.

At a meeting of the SCTE Foundation Board Wednesday at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the Foundation recognized more than a dozen new donors, including nine who have platinum-level contributions of $100,000 each.  In addition, the foundation announced that new members have joined its board of directors.

New platinum contributors include: Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, Bright House Networks, Charter Communications, Corning, Dycom Industries, Netcracker Technology, Pace,PPC Broadband, and Samsung Electronics America.

The Foundation also has received gold $50,000 pledges from Harmonic and Suddenlink Communications, a silver pledge of $25,000 from Times Fiber Communications and $10,000 bronze commitments from Aurora Networks, the Broadcom Foundation, CSG, Evolution Digital, Intel and TVC Communications.

The following individuals were named to the SCTE Foundation board of directors: Tim Baxter (Samsung Electronics Americas); Nomi Bergman (Bright House Networks); Mike Calabrese (Alcatel-Lucent); Joe Cozzolino (Cisco); Gary Ervin (Ervin Construction/Dycom); Andrew Feinberg (Netcracker); John Igel (Corning); Dave Jackson (PPC Broadband); John Phillips (Accenture); and Mike Pulli (Pace America). Existing members include:  Tony Werner (Comcast Cable); Jim Hughes (CommScope); Chris Whitaker (Time Warner Cable); Tom Gorman (opXL); Julian Brodsky (Comcast); John Civiletto (Cox Communications); Mark Dzuban (SCTE); Marwan Fawaz (Sarepta Advisors); Bob Gold (Bob Gold & Associates); Keith Hayes (Charter Communications); Mike LaJoie (Time Warner Cable); Dr. Vish Nandiall (Ericsson North America); Bill Warga (Liberty Global); Ken Wright (Wright Solutions); and Drew Zogby (Alpha Technologies).

“The overwhelming response to our ACE campaign shows the deep commitment our industry has to advance the career goals of the cable workforce,” said Jim Hughes, senior vice president of worldwide broadband sales for CommScope, vice president of the SCTE Foundation Board of Directors and Fundraising Chair for the the SCTE Foundation.  “I look forward to working with the SCTE Foundation Board to develop programs that will support the educational goals of cable engineering and operations professionals and increase the skills and the knowledge base of the industry.”

Established in 2005, the SCTE Foundation is intended to increase the technical, business and leadership skills of the telecommunications engineering workforce, attract and recruit women and minorities into engineering careers, and position the telecommunications industry as a desirable career opportunity for aspiring young people in the early stages of their careers.

Funds generated through the campaign will be used to facilitate a variety of educational opportunities, including the creation and availability of online courses and tuition assistance for approved higher education experiences.