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In-Demand Tech Skills Snapshot

Labor market analytics company Emsi joined the 2021 IT Summit and gave an overview of the most in-demand tech jobs and skills across Washington. What skills are employers looking for? Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Data Analysis, SQL and more – view the data or contact us for more details.

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Community Colleges Create a Pipeline of Quality Job Candidates for Employers

Roles and Perceptions of Community Colleges    Most people think of a community college as an economical alternative to more expensive four-year universities. It is where a student can complete two years of undergraduate class requirements and attain an associate degree without accruing massive loan debt. Because of significantly lower tuition costs, community colleges are also widely praised for providing lower-income students greater access to higher education. But […]

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Q&A with Center director Brianna Rockenstire

Q & A with Brianna Rockenstire, Director, Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technology  Brianna Rockenstire’s goal is to harness the IT talent being developed in Washington state’s 34 community and technical colleges to create a workforce solution that helps solve the nagging technology skills gap facing employers across many industries. A big job indeed.   Her background and experiences make her well-suited to the challenge. She has […]

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Product Inclusion: Why We Should Build With, Not For

The Center of Excellence is happy to announce the keynote presentation for this year’s IT Summit: Product Inclusion: Why We Should Build With, Not For – a conversation with Verizon Media The IT Summit kicks off on Thursday, May 20th at 10:00am. Faculty can register for the IT Summit here.

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IT Summit Agenda

The Center of Excellence is looking forward to welcoming faculty to this year’s IT Summit on May 20 and 21. Thursday, May 20th, 2021 | 10am-12pm Welcome & Announcements Keynote Presentation: “Product Inclusion: Why We Should Build With, Not For” Ramcess Jean-Louis, Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Verizon Media Cindy Joung, Head […]

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Opportunities for Women in Tech

Despite the ongoing conversation about the need for more diversity in tech, women continue to be underrepresented in the field and often face an uphill battle for their skills and talents to be recognized.  Many women pursuing careers in technology face barriers at every stage of their career development, from earning a degree to landing […]

Skills Roundup: Technical Interview Prep

Tech employers are looking for candidates with the right mix of technical skills, soft skills like collaboration and adaptability, and a portfolio that highlights their work. A critical first step in starting a career in information technology is passing the technical interview. Read the roundup below for tips: https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/technical-interview https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/technical-interview-preparation https://learntocodewith.me/posts/technical-interview/ https://dev.to/seattledataguy/the-dos-and-don-ts-for-passing-your-technical-interview-55ap https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-prep-for-your-technical-interview-advice-from-a-hiring-manager

Skills Roundup: Incorporating Soft Skills into Tech Curriculum

As educators prepare students with the technical chops needed to succeed in today’s increasingly digital workplace, employers are also emphasizing the need for soft skills like teamwork, communication, and creativity. Washington’s community and technical college information technology programs prepare students for careers with a mix of technical skills, practical hands-on learning, and professional skills. How […]