NEW IT Alliance – July Tech Upload
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Happy 4th of July!
Happy July! It’s been a busy month for the NEW IT Alliance. We started June with a collaborative event with Microsoft, finalized our venue for the NEW Connect IT event, started plans for a NEW CS Advisory Board, and booked our speakers for the July Tech Community meeting. What do all these things have in common? They all focus on the value the NEW IT Alliance is bringing to the region by connecting organizations and partners to work on developing solutions to build our IT talent pipeline in Northeast Wisconsin.
On June 11, Microsoft and NEW IT Alliance hosted a Digital Learning Opportunities event focused on the challenges of offering Computer Science (CS) courses in K12 and attracting students to IT careers. The event was well attended by area school district administrators, colleges, and business representatives for a morning of presentations, panels, and discussion among all the participants. While recognizing the importance of providing CS classes at their schools (91% of the schools participating in the survey offer some form of CS class), administrators were surprised to learn of the IT talent shortage predicted for the region. At the same time, industry leaders learned of the challenges schools face in recruiting females into the CS classroom, and district’s struggles in finding and retaining CS licensed teachers. In order to keep the dialogue going and help find solutions to the challenges districts face with implementing CS pathways, the NEW IT Alliance is forming a NEW CS Advisory Board – see below.