The National Workforce for Emerging Technologies and the Center for Career Connections at Bellevue College partnered with the Community College Research Center (CCRC) of Teachers College at Columbia University on a three-year grant to examine the hiring process for entry-level information technology (IT) jobs and the role of community college IT programs. The project was funded (2007-2010) by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program. Research activities in two labor markets (Seattle and Detroit) were conducted as part of a larger project to develop connections between industry and community college faculty and students (“STEM to Stern: An Education to Industry Research, Action, and Change Project to Develop Long-term Employer-Education Partnerships”). The national research, statewide Faculty Learning Collaborative (in Washington state), and local Bellevue College STEM Student Learning Cohort activities all serve to provide replicable models and inform community college efforts to engage with employers in their own labor markets.
The following resources were developed and are available for download and dissemination.
Bringing Together Student: Success and Workforce Development: The Next Challenge for Community Colleges by Dr. Jim Jacobs, Macomb Community College
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- IT Skills Gap Forum: PowerPoint, Questionnaire Results, Session Summary Notes & More…
- Building an IT Career-Ready Washington: 2015 and Beyond
- Building an IT Career Ready Washington: 2015 and Beyond: Introduction
- Section 2. 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)?
- Section 3: 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?
- Section 4: 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?
- Section 5. What Constitutes the Ideal IT Student?
- Section 6: Bryan Stevenson Talks About the Challenges and Opportunities of Creating the Ideal IT Career Pathway
- Section 1. 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.
- 2019 Washington State IT Faculty Salaries: Challenges and Possible Solutions
- Robotics and Automation: A Retrospective and the Reality of Bot Nation
- State of the Gaming Industry in the King County Region
- STEM to Stern: An Education to Industry Research, Action, and Change Project to Develop Long-term Employer-Education Partnerships
- Emerging Trends in Information and Computing Technology Report
- Disruptive Technology: Presentation