Dear Colleague and IT Industry Partner:
As you are aware Washington State is not producing enough Information Technology (IT) workers. With the community and technical college now able to offer four-year applied baccalaureates to our state’s students, we have a unique moment to create a cohesive process for coordinating our efforts, sharing best practices, and unifying in order to address the shortage of work-ready IT four-year graduates. Ms. Sigl succinctly summarizes below this call to action for all of our state’s IT educators.
Our economy has been transformed, with tech now the state’s major economic driver. The Washington Research Council reports that technology-related employment increased 119 percent over the past two decades, while the underlying state economy grew only 14 percent. The IT sector created two-thirds of Washington’s job growth and more than half of employee-compensation growth over that time. It now represents 27 percent of all jobs in the state. Highly skilled employees are important for all employers, but they’re the lifeblood of high-tech.
Susan Sigl is the president and CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association
To address this increasing demand for a skilled workforce, the Center of Excellence for Information and Computing Technology is holding a one-day IT Futures Summit: Pathways to IT Applied Baccalaureate Degrees for Washington State Students on Friday, June 7, 2013 at Microsoft’s Conference Center, Redmond, Washington.
- Attend a luncheon presentation and networking session Washington State’s IT Industry Sector: The Need for Multiple IT Academic and Career Pathways & Baccalaureate Degrees
- Work with college IT faculty from across the state by providing your IT industry expertise on new and proposed IT applied baccalaureate degrees, reviewing new and emerging curricula, as well as helping them identify vibrant and emerging career pathways for our state’s IT 4-year graduates from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
All travel expenditures, including mileage and a $150 stipend will be provided to you as an IT industry professional in attendance.
We look forward to your attendance as you are all valued partners in creating: Pathways to an Applied IT Baccalaureate for Washington State Students! Please share this invitation with colleagues who you feel could be valuable contributors to, and participants at, the Summit. Register here.
Maureen Majury, M.Ed.
Center of Excellence for Information and Computing Technology
3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., A255E
Bellevue, Washington 98007
More information about our Pathways to IT Applied Baccalaureate Degrees for WA State Students Summit
- Industry Invitation to Pathways to IT Applied Baccalaureate Degrees for WA State Students
- ROI and Evaluative Data
- 2013 IT Pathways Summit: Videos, PowerPoint Presentation, and Curricular Materials
- Pathways to IT Applied Baccalaureate Degrees for WA State Students Summit Agenda