NEW IT Alliance – July Tech Upload
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Career pathways…everyone seems to be talking about them lately. What are they, and why should we all care? Career pathway development is an initiative driven by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) with the aim of developing a series of connected education, training, and support strategies designed to help students achieve their own definition of success. Documented career pathways help align education and training from K12 through higher ed based on the needs of the local job market. Career pathways are being developed and regionalized around the state for high demand jobs in manufacturing, nursing, and information technology.
Within IT, DPI has defined five career pathways: Data Technology, Cyber Security, Software Developer/Programmer, Network Systems/Infrastructure, Business Analyst/Project Management. These correspond to most of the job openings in our local member companies as well as the educational offerings by our higher ed institutions in the region. School districts and students alike benefit from knowing what skills and knowledge to cover in K12, so students can see what job roles are available in IT, as well as how to get to those jobs. By focusing at the k12 level on career readiness skills and credentials, colleges can focus on taking students to the “next level” as basic concepts will have been covered in high school.
The NEW IT Alliance received a grant from DPI to help regionalize the state-defined career pathways within IT. On June 13, we reported the results of the Digital Learning Opportunities survey showing the current state of IT offerings in K12 across the region. The next step in this process is to provide employers with an opportunity to help inform and shape the future talent pipeline within IT in Northeast Wisconsin. We will collect input from employers at a meeting on July 18. For more information and to register for the IT Career Pathways Discussion, click here. Note that this is the ONLY opportunity to provide employer input into the official IT pathways to be used across Northeast Wisconsin.