WA State CTC IT Faculty Professional Development Training Scholarships for 2018-2019

The Center of Excellence for Information Technology is offering IT Professional Development Training Scholarships to CTC IT Faculty across Washington State

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The application process is open for the July 2018-May 10, 2019 period:

IT Professional Development must take place prior to May 10, 2019. Please utilize the shared resource, best practices, and examples to use in your classroom from these 2017-2018 recipient’s presentations.  Topics range from machine learning, blockchain technology, to quantum computing, using technology in education, to teaching entrepreneurial and growth mindset. Please submit your application to the Center of Excellence by October 29, 2018 for the first round of applications. 

IT faculty (professional/technical programs) must submit the following to the Center: The IT professional development scholarship rationale.

This must include:

  • the type of training,
  • what it will accomplish for the faculty member and students,
  • how it will be incorporated into the faculty member’s IT program and/or curriculum, and
  • what best practices, curriculum examples, and how to incorporate it into an IT program.
  • The scholarship recipient will also commit to present at the IT Futures Summit on May 17-18, 2018 (held at the Mercer Island Community Center).

The following are examples of the types of IT professional development training opportunities IT faculty could consider, if they don’t already have a training opportunity in mind.

The Center has updated new 2018 conferences and training opportunities. When 2019 conferences are announced the Center will add those too.

  • Geek Wire Summit 2018, October 1, 2018 to October 3, 2018, Seattle, Washington
  • Data Science Career, October 12, 2018 to October 14, 2018, San Diego, California
  • Blockchain & Decentralized Tech Super Summit, October 30, 2018 to November 2, 2018, Dallas, Texas (BDT SuperSummit is an international conference on blockchain, distributed and decentralized technologies. It will be a 4-day affair devoted to formal classroom training, conference presentations and discussion panels.)
  • Educause, October 30, 2018 to November 2, 2018, Denver, Colorado
  • Open Data Science Conference (ODSC West), October 31, 2018 to November 3, 2018, San Francisco, California
  • Pass Summit, November 11, 2018, Seattle, WA (Geek-out with a community of people who love data. PASS Summit is a global event providing three days of real-world technical learning by leading community and Microsoft experts. Developers, DBAs, Architects, BA/BI, IT Pros, DevOps, if you work with data, you’ll fit right in.)
  • AWS re: Invent, November 26, 2018 to November 30, 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • IoT Tech Expo, November 28, 2018 to November 29, 2018, Silicon Valley, California

Online or local in-person training is also an option for those who don’t want to attend a professional development or training conference are also available.


Once each of the deadlines have passed the Center and advisory board members will review the IT Professional Development Training Scholarship rationale.  WA State CTC IT faculty will be selected and informed.  Those not selected will also be notified, and their application rationale will be held for the next deadline for consideration. If any IT faculty member selected can’t commit to the training, then another faculty member will be selected.


Please be sure your rational includes the following specific information:

  • Name
  • Full Time/Part Time?
  • What IT program of study do you teach?
  • What is the proposed IT professional development opportunity you would like to attend or take?
  • Why would this enhance your teaching and how would you immediately use it in your classroom, or if not immediately, when?
  • What is the cost of the registration or training?
  • Gas/Airfare/Car Rental? Or, is this not applicable?
  • Hotel? Or, is this not applicable?
  • Can you commit to presenting for 30-minutes at the IT Futures Summit, May 16-17, 2019 at the Mercer Island Community Center, on what you learned, how it can be used in the classroom/program/curriculum, and how you’ve infused it into your IT program?
  • Your college is aware that you are applying for this scholarship and will support your attendance if you are selected as an IT Professional Development recipient.

Please send your rationale and the specific information requested to Maureen Majury, Center Director at

2017-2018 IT Scholarship Recipient’s Power Point Presentations (including resources and best practices for IT faculty across the state.

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