November Tech Upload
NEW Digital News
NEW Connect IT
How about that game on Sunday night? With snow flying in true Wisconsin fashion, the Packers held strong to the very end, pulling off a victory. The magic of Lambeau Field is rubbing off on the NEW IT Alliance as we complete our final preparations for the annual NEW Connect IT event. With an anticipated 560 students from 20 high schools across the region, we expect record participation for the third year in a row. Students will be joining us to learn about IT careers, companies who hire IT talent, and the programs available from local colleges to prepare students for those careers. The event is scheduled for November 21 at Lambeau Field. Doors open at 8:30 am and close at 2:00pm. We have reserved a few booths for late entry companies looking to participate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
TechTalk 2019 @UW Oshkosh
Kicking off our winning streak, NEW IT Alliance held the first TechTalk of the 2019-20 season at UW Oshkosh, with record attendance of 60 students and faculty. Thank you to Ethan Bagley, Director of Innovation at J. J. Keller who spoke about his career path. He also shared the technologies J. J. Keller & Associates is exploring to help keep America’s highways and workplaces safe. With each new technology, Ethan discussed the skills needed on the teams working with AI, VR/AR, data analytics, and other exciting technologies they are looking at. TechTalks are being scheduled at campuses around Northeast Wisconsin, and are open to the community to attend. Check out https://newdigitalalliance.org/events/ for upcoming TechTalks near you. Companies are encouraged to participate and network with students from the campus. Last year, NEW IT Alliance member Stellar Blue hired four students who had attended TechTalks.
NEW Computer Science Advisory Board
At the next meeting of the Higher Ed Committee, the NEW IT Alliance will continue its focus on student centered activities and professional development with a visit from the presidents of the local chapters of AITP and IIBA. They plan to discuss how their organizations can connect with students to help engage and excite them about careers in technology and as business analysts, as well as provide them with valuable networking opportunities to help keep students in the region after graduation. Recently the committee was expanded with a liaison from our executive committee who will represent local technology employers. Thank you Pat Rothe, VP of IT Global Infrastructure and PMO at Plexus, for taking on this leadership role. As we formalize this committee we’ve elected a chair to help lead us into the next phase of growth. Thank you Doug Waterman, Dean Information Technology and Learning Innovations at Fox Valley Technical College, for taking on this challenge.
Rounding out the past month, the Department of Workforce Development has kicked off revisions to the IT Youth Apprenticeship program. The NEW IT Alliance is working with DWD and IT leaders from around the state to modernize requirements and help re-launch this program throughout the state. IT Youth Apprenticeship will tie in with the IT Career Pathways launched last month by the Department of Public Instruction, and create a bridge between the Pathways and adult IT apprenticeships rolling out throughout Wisconsin. Interested in learning more about how your company can get involved in offering youth and adult IT apprenticeships? Stop by the DWD booth at the NEW Connect IT Event on November 21!