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Mid-Pacific ICT Center Quarterly Newsletter

 

2012

Quarter 2

Volume 15

San Francisco ICT Pathways Project Launched

On April 20, 2012, the Mid-Pacific ICT Center (MPICT.org) and California Community College ICT Collaborative (CCCICT.org) kicked off a project to create K-12 and community to college to work pathways in ICT fields and programs in San Francisco. This effort is funded by the BATEC National ATE Center and also supported by the California Department of Education.

According to an April 5, 2012 San Francisco Chronicle article:

"Tech workers make up an increasing share of the city's workforce. This year nearly 1 in 4 nongovernment office jobs in San Francisco - 22.3 percent - are in tech. In 2000, tech jobs accounted for just 14.5 percent of the jobs.

ICT is hot! The ICT Workforce currently employs 1 in 20 private sector employees in California. On average, these roles pay twice the median wages in the State; job growth is strong; and employers are reporting difficulty finding appropriately skilled workers, even in this period of high unemployment.

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Great Summer Faculty Development Week Participation!

This quarter, MPICT and the California Community College ICT Collaborative hosted two excellent Faculty
Development Week events:

  • Orange County/Southern California

    • June 11-15 at Coastline CC in Garden Grove, CA

  • Silicon Valley/Northern California

    • June 25-29 at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA

Faculty development funding has dried up in most colleges in this economic crisis. Yet, staying current with quickly changing ICT technologies and teaching practices is imperative for ICT teachers and programs to remain relevant. We made these events FREE for qualified instructors in CC ICT related programs, and we helped faculty attend with stipends or travel expense reimbursements.
 

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Inside This Issue:

National Cyber League (NCL) Alpha Pilot Season Completed

This spring, MPICT participated in organizing and conducting an initial alpha pilot, experimental season of a nationwide cybersecurity competitive learning environment: the National Cyber League (NCL).

The NCL creates fun, engaging, experiential learning opportunities for students to apply ICT security knowledge and skills.
 

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