Evaluations 2011

Evaluation Data and Return on Investment

Date of Event: April 20, 2011; 8:30am-1:00pm
Location: Carlson Theater
Host Institution: Bellevue College
Number in attendance: 268

Survey Results (aggregated averages)

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being poor, 3 being average, and 5 being excellent)

How would you evaluate today’s keynote speaker, Rich James, F5 Networks
Usefulness of the information presented 4.60 or 92%
Applicability to you 4.30 or 86%
Level of detail 4.46 or 89%
Overall 4.63 or 93%
How would you evaluate the industry panel discussion
Usefulness of the information presented 4.70 or 94%
Applicability to you 4.33 or 87%
Level of detail 4.68 or 94%
Overall 4.74 or 95%
As a result of attending the session today, how likely are you to considering entering an IT-related field?
Likelihood 5 43%
4 39%
3 14%
2 2%
1 2%
82% indicated a 4 or 5
How would you rate the overall value of Careers in IT: The Real Story
Use the scale of 1 to 5 4.63 or 93%


  • Would I be able to receive the PPT from the keynote speaker.  Uploaded on CoE website on 4.22.11
  • Next year there will be mics on stands for questions at the bottom of the two main stairways.  The lights make it difficult to see who is asking a question. So, that will be a change for 2012.  Thanks for the feedback.
  • Would be helpful to hear about entry-level jobs.
  • There won’t be a projected image of the desktop on the screen during the panel next year.  Thanks for the suggestion.
  • 5++ overall rating for the event (Thanks!)
  • Great speakers.  Very informative. Great learning experience.
  • Interesting experience from the panelists.
  • Nice presentation.  Definitely interesting information.
  • Surprisingly useful.  I didn’t expect to take away as much as I did today.  Thank you.
  • The panel was very full of useful information and nicely detailed.
  • Really good information.  Very useful.
  • I loved the enthusiasm brought to the panel.  Love the real life stories the panelists announced to the audience.
  • I’m a teacher. The conference was excellent! My students have clear information on how to prepare for this awesome field!  Thanks.
  • Rich James:  Great examples of how it relates to us. Very informational.  Dima Protchenko: Helpful, as his presence helped show that technology will open up doorways to the world.  Shows connection to students, with life experience.
  • Nice!
  • Outstanding!  Concepts: Math, communication.  How can I find a mentor? (The student was contacted via email for additional information so the CoE can assist in helping this student).
  • I really enjoyed the whole presentation 🙂
  • Very good.
  • Good.
  • Rich James: Great! Panel: Thank you for highlighting the additional skills needed re: communication, people skills.
  • Wonderful!  I will use the information I learned to advise students.
  • I love this event.
  • Valerie Goulds is an inspiration.  I’m glad the panel was comprised of such a rich group of people.
  • Rich James: Great speaking to young adults.  Thanks you for all the information you provided to the students.  Very important for future leaders.

Return on Investment

Students were provided with a 40-minute presentation and question/answer session with Mr. Rich James, Director of Staffing for F5 Networks, on working for an IT company, opportunities, career pathway hints on beginning a career in IT, and how a student can make the most of their academic experience.  He also discussed emerging trends in IT, as well as explaining the technical details. This was followed by a six-member IT industry panel (the aim in selecting panelists was their past educational experience as a CTC student, as well as juggling a career and education) who answered a variety of questions about their careers in IT, educational experiences, and current professional experience. Panel members included: Jenae Andershonis, Telligent; Valerie Goulds, Microsoft; Micah Gregorio, Best Buy; Lisa Edwards, Boeing; Dima Protchenko, Bellevue College; and, Dan Waters, Microsoft.  A question/answer session was facilitated by the moderator, Maureen Majury, Center of Excellence Director.  (Note: speakers were not reimbursed for their time or for travel; they donated their time). Finally, there was a drawing for a number of prizes, including a Microsoft X-Box 360/Kinect package.  All prizes were funded through non-state dollars (in-kind monetary value of $607).  A hot, full breakfast and lunch was provided to the student attendees.  Additionally, transportation and substitute teacher costs were covered for three groups that between them brought over 150 high school and middle school students.  The remainder of the audience comprised of CTC students, faculty, career counselors, and high school teachers.  Facility fees were waived as the event was held at Bellevue College.

In reviewing the average registration fees for a comparable event, the fee for a one-day event is between $100 and $250 (average $175).  For a half-day, $90.  Food, in many cases, is not provided.

Expense Cost
Facility $1,620 *
Food $3,475
Printed Material $660
Prizes and giveaways $607*
Travel for bus/subs. $1,500
Travel/Time (speakers) $1,000*
Video Production $1,500 ($750*)
Labor $4,200 ($3,000*)
Total $14,562 ($6,977*)

Total expenditures through the CoE totaled $7,585.  In-Kind/Donations totaled $6,977 (denoted by *) and covered 48% (an increase of almost 10% over 2010) of the total costs associated with this event.

If in-kind donations had not been solicited it would have adversely affected the quality of the event, while at the same time increase the total CoE funds needed to cover expenses.  If approximately $50 dollars had been charged to cover actual CoE expenses it would have negatively impacted the budgets of school districts that sent their students (bus, substitute teachers, as well as the actual registration fee), and it would have adversely impacted access for students and school districts who couldn’t afford approximately $1,500 to send 168 students (registration, substitute teacher, transportation).    If students paid a minimum of $90 to attend a half-day event featuring IT industry speakers and panelists discussing careers in IT, it would cost the state and taxpayers approximately $24,120 (based upon the 2011 attendance number of 268).  Careers in IT: The Real Story, at a cost of $28 per participant (this does not include the associated financial value of the in-kind donations), saved $16,535.  The event was well attended (almost at capacity in the venue), well-received (see evaluative data above), and at least 82% of the attendees indicated there is an 80 to 100% possibility they will consider pursuing a career in IT.

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