Cultivate New Pathways to IT Careers
Within the United States, we have hundreds of thousands of open IT jobs; this was true even at the height of the recession. By helping students and unemployed people find new pathways to IT careers, we can fill that gap.
In Illinois, we serve as a lead entity for the IT Learning Exchange
. This online public/private network shares resources and information about IT learning, jobs and careers with high school and community college students.
Spearheaded by CompTIA in partnership with state education and IT industry groups, the IT Learning Exchange seeks to promote academic and work-based technical learning to prepare more students for IT careers.
A Raspberry Pi competition sponsored by the Illinois IT Learning Exchange recently prompted dozens of high-school students to submit innovative ideas for applications. Raspberry Pi — a low-cost, palm-sized, single-board computer — is changing the face of STEM education worldwide thanks to its ease of use in classrooms.
Funding for the exchange comes from a Race to the Top grant that the Illinois State Board of Education received from the U.S. Department of Education to support college and career readiness for students.
Want to contribute to the learning exchange or replicate it in another state? Contact Joan Matz