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January 23, 2015

Creating the Next Generation of Technologists

By Charles Eaton

Cincinnati IT-Ready students Some of the best of the best with our IT-Ready students embracing a
future in IT.
For the past two years, we’ve been honing new processes and programs at the Creating IT Futures Foundation. We’ve tested what works best in IT workforce development. We’ve reviewed and researched dozens of adult training programs as well as IT classes at secondary schools. We’ve talked to teens, their parents, out-of-work but hardworking Americans, industry leaders and educators – all in quest to see what will turn the tide.

Our goal: we want to create the next generation of technologists, not just users of technology. The next generation, and even the current workforce, needs to be more than people who use apps on a phone. We need to create workers that understand the underpinnings of technology to better use it as well as be the implementers, fixers and designers of technology products and services.

As Robert Reich, professor of economics at University of California at Berkeley and former U.S. Secretary of Labor, has been quoted, “Most new jobs in the modern economy...will not be pure technology, designing computer software and hardware products, but they will involve applying computing and technology-influenced skills to every industry. These workers will be needed in large numbers to install, service, upgrade and use computer technology in sectors like energy and health care. These are jobs for what I think of as digital technicians. And they are at the core of the new middle-wage middle class.”

Throughout this year, watch the Creating IT Futures Foundation blossom as we showcase the best in workforce development and the programs that truly get kids to embrace the T part of STEM education. We know we’re on the right track. Already this year, our IT-Ready apprenticeship program in Minneapolis has attracted its largest pool of applicants ever, with the next class set to begin their hard work and training on February 9.

If you’ve seen a great program in IT workforce development or IT-STEM, let us know. We want to shine a light on the best of the best.