IT Futures Labs
Creating IT Futures established IT Futures Labs in 2015 to discover new approaches to IT career on-ramps. Rather than taking a purely academic approach, IT Futures Labs learns by doing — through collaborating, asking good questions and measuring outcomes.
IT Futures Lab discovers and develops:
- Marketing Research to increase understanding of different populations who may make IT a career. Our Teen Views on Tech Careers is one example.
- Process Improvement Projects to advance the effectiveness of IT workforce development programs. For example, we’re currently testing the effectiveness of mentorship program software with adult learners.
- New IT Workforce Programs that IT Futures Labs may develop either on its own or in conjunction with other organizations. We have several youth-centered programs currently under development.
- Best Practices in IT Workforce Development that we can promote to target audiences, whether schools, for-profit corporations, or other nonprofits.
With additional funding, IT Futures Labs will be able to launch projects that bring more youth, women, minorities and under-employed adults into the IT field. Here are just a few of the projects we’re currently investigating:
- Developing after-school IT programs for youth.
- Connecting community college graduates to employers.
- Testing Creating IT Futures’ IT-Ready model with new target populations.
- Helping women in dead-end careers switch to a tech line of work.
- Creating a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to orient students to tech careers.
- Developing and promoting a career assessment tool for tech careers.
- Sharing best practices in classroom IT training.
- Providing tools for HR departments to hire the best IT help.
- Establishing better tech career pathways for military veterans.