January Tech Upload
New IT News
Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to help us tackle 2020.
NEW IT Alliance Factsheet
One of the major projects we have worked on since the NEW IT Alliance’s inception has been to collect data about the IT community in Northeast Wisconsin. The Alliance was founded after a study in 2015 among regional IT employers showed that by 2021 the region would have 3000 new IT positions.
Since then we have focused on growing the pool of available talent in the region – primarily through collaboration with K12 and Higher Ed institutions. We set strategic goals for ourselves at the higher ed level that include growing enrollments in IT programs in the Technical Colleges by 7% and in the 4-year universities by 15%.
This week we published an IT factsheet of some of the data we collected over the past few years which shows the progress made in the region. With the help of Microsoft, we collected data from regional high schools about their computer science offerings in both 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. The data shows a sharp increase in the number of students enrolled in CS courses from 5% to 11% and that the TEALS program has become very popular among high schools with 18 schools now participating.
At the college-level, enrollments in IT programs at UW-Green Bay, UW Oshkosh, Lakeland University, Fox Valley Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College, and Moraine Park Technical College have risen by 46% from 2015-2016 to 2018-2019 with almost 2,500 students now enrolling. We also looked at the gender breakdown of the students, and found that while 32% of the students in CS classes in high schools were female this number drops to 18% at the college-level. While we would like to see a higher proportion of female students at both levels, these numbers are largely in line with national trends.
You can find more details on the NEW IT Alliance Factsheet page on our website.
Data Collection for Surveys
Data collection among K12 and higher is an ongoing effort with annual surveys sent each spring.
New for 2020, we are developing a survey that will go to regional employers to help us better understand the regional IT employment needs. The Alliance has already had a couple of organizations contact us looking for this type of data. We hope to have this data collected, and ready to share at our annual TechTalent Summit in June. We will also be sharing the annual data from K12, and Higher Ed. More information on this event will be shared in future newsletters.
The data on the factsheet page represents a subset of the data we have available. If you love data, we could use your help in analyzing and disseminating all the data we have available now. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to volunteer a few hours of your time. Thank you!
New Executive Director for NEW ERA
Since our inception we have collaborated with NEW Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA), which is a regional working collaboration among the senior leadership of six public colleges and universities and the College of the Menominee Nation in Northeast Wisconsin. We were happy to see a familiar face step into the vacant executive director role. Jerry Murphy, who helped launch the NEW IT Alliance when he was the Executive Director for New North, started January 6 in the role.
Congratulations Jerry! We look forward to continued collaboration between the alliances.
Learn more about NEW ERA and Jerry’s role as Executive Director on our blog!
Code.org is leading an effort to introduce state legislation to support CS education in K12. NEW IT Alliance is a supporter of this effort, which includes three elements: 1) Fund Professional Development for Computer Science Teachers, 2) Create a State CS Position at DPI, 3) Create a State Plan for Computer Science.
If these efforts prove successful it will be a big boost to our efforts to increase the number of IT Professionals in Northeast Wisconsin. You can learn more here, and provide your support by contacting Sean Roberts at [email protected].