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Yearly Archives: 2014

IT Workforce Demand & Technology Trends Panel (Aligning Demand, Skills & Training with Industry Needs) September 30, 2014

On September 30, 2014, the Center assembled its IT industry panel for the “The HR Policy Foundation Workforce Development Round Table and the Community College Workforce Consortium”. The panelists discussed sound, practical tips, tools, and resources to improve the quality of the IT classroom experience and generate well-rounded, work- and IT-ready graduates.

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News & Updates: Fall 2014

Center News & Updates: Fall 2014 – Find out about the statewide IT program marketing plan, progress on IT common courses, what technical knowledge and employability skills make the ideal IT graduate, standardization of IT BAS degree titles, and more…

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Building an IT Career Ready Washington: 2015 and Beyond: Introduction

In considering what transforms someone who has even a mild curiosity about pursuing an academic and career pathway in IT, one of the primary questions is, what are the critical components that can produce an ideal IT
• student,
• graduate,
• job candidate, and finally,
• worker?

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For an IT graduate (whether a 2- or 4-year degree) about to enter the workforce, we asked our IT Professionals what are the top five IT courses and subsequent IT concepts/competencies they should have mastered? For example, networking, programming, database design/development, etc.

For an IT graduate (whether a 2- or 4-year degree) about to enter the workforce, IT Professionals list the top IT courses, subsequent IT concepts/competencies, and employability skills they should have mastered by the time they are ready to look for a job.

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What new technology competencies should the IT graduate be anticipating and searching out to master either in college, a training program, opportunities provided online, or by self-mastery (reading a book, or IT content-specific website)?

What new technology competencies should IT graduates anticipate, seek out, and master for a successful IT career pathway?

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Often, IT employers bemoan the lack of innovation and critical thinking in an IT graduate. Why do you think that is? What can a student do to “grow” their own capacity to innovate think critically?

Find out what IT students should be learning in order to “grow” their capacity to innovate and think critically.

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When you are training and/or mentoring a new IT employee, what are the main things you spend the most time on with them to improve their performance?

Find out what employability skills faculty could be incorporating in the classroom to improve on-the-job performances for college IT graduates.

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What Constitutes the Ideal IT Student?

IT faculty can think about the ideal IT student attributes and consider how they might embed them as part of the IT student’s classroom experience.

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Bryan Stevenson Talks About the Challenges and Opportunities of Creating the Ideal IT Career Pathway

• Who is the ideal Information Technology (IT) student?
• What did they do to forge a successful career in IT?
• Can such a student’s experiences and education be distilled into relevant recommendations and considerations for future IT students?
Find out about Bryan Stevenson’s challenges and opportunities forging a successful IT career pathway.

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Building an IT Career-Ready Washington: 2015 and Beyond

Building an IT-Ready Washington: 2015 and Beyond outlines in-demand technical skills and knowledge, including employability skills, IT students should become familiar with as they are required by prospective employees.

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