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New Podcasts Series: WaInfoTechTalks Focusing on Disruptive Technologies

If you haven’t heard the Center of Excellence’s brand new podcast series you should. IT industry professionals and Maureen Majury, Center director, talk disruptive technologies impacting workforce and the future impact of these technologies including robotics, security, hacking, data and predictive analytics, the entertainment technology and more… They inform, forecast, and entertain. Go to WAInfotTechTalks.org and start listening.

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Creating IT Futures: 2016 Summit

Washington State IT CTC faculty are invited to the Creating IT Futures 2016 Summit sponsored by the Center of Excellence. It will be taking place Thursday/Friday, May 19/20, 2016 at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. This is free for our faculty. Topics will include: Dr. Li, IBM, will present on System T, Disruptive Technologies and how IT programs can get ready for a very different future… We’ll have an industry panel, marketing updates, a robotic demonstration, and more…

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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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