April 2022 Tech Upload
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Even though winter is hanging on and having a hard time letting go, we are seeing signs of spring. Robins and blackbirds are back. Daffodils are peeking up. People manage to catch a ray of sunshine while on a walk in between the snow and rain showers. And so it is in IT – new beginnings are here with a new crop of graduates looking for jobs, and a cohort of hardy teachers about to become licensed CS teachers.
The NEW Digital Alliance Quarterly Meeting was on March 24 with a great conversation about Registered IT Apprenticeships. Tom Caldie and Jessica Williams from the Department of Workforce Development presented on how companies can get started and sustain an adult IT Apprenticeship program. Such a program has the potential for companies to attract an alternative pool of candidates for badly needed IT roles. Many companies have found that adult apprentices are more committed to the company and stays employed longer than other new hires. These apprenticeships have been defined for a number of different IT pathways, including service desk, cybersecurity, and software analyst.
Meeting participants also received valuable advice to avoid problems, such as how to ensure apprentices stay on after they complete their apprenticeships. During the discussion portion of the meeting, we were fortunate to hear how Associated Bank and Kohls have implemented adult apprenticeships. We also heard from Secura who have started a Youth Apprenticeship program for high school students. This allowed us to compare and contrast Youth and Adult Apprenticeships.
Last month’s CS Advisory Board meeting brought together many K-12, higher ed, and IT professionals to discuss progress and future of how K-12 school districts create pathways for their CS programs to help guide which courses to offer and provide value to students who can tailor their course selection towards specific college majors and careers.
Our next CS Advisory Board meeting will be on May 4 where we will discuss opportunities to integrate Artificial Intelligence in K-12 courses. This will dovetail nicely with Day of AI on May 13. DayOfAI.org provides a wealth of free hands-on activities to introduce K-12 students to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the role it plays in their lives (How did my phone recognize my face? Why am I being shown these social media posts?).
Over the past year, we have had a group of dedicated teachers working very hard as a cohort to earn a CS teaching license. In fact, one of them, Harley Griesbach from Shiocton has already taken and passed the licensure exam. Congratulations, Harley! Another 11 teachers are planning to take the exam in the next couple of months. Best of luck to all of you! It has been a wonderful experience to work with you over this past year. For comparison, in the last five years, only two teachers in the entire state have earned a CS Teacher License. We could have six times that number very shortly, which will go a long way towards helping school districts be able to increase computer science offerings.
Dates to know
April 21: NEWDA Cybersecurity Roundtable – Building a Cyber Team, Skills and Tools
May 4: NEW CS Advisory meeting
May 7: World Password Day
May 13: Day of AI (https://www.dayofai.org/)
We look forward to sharing the positive impact we are making in the year to come.
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