In the information, knowledge and innovation economies of the
21st century, we increasingly depend on information and
communications technologies - and the increased connectivity
and productivity they enable.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is an umbrella term, widely used outside the U.S. and in the United Nations, to
encompass all rapidly emerging, evolving and converging computer, software, networking, telecommunications, Internet, programming,
information systems and digital media technologies.
Improvements to deployed ICT technologies, infrastructure,
systems and solutions, and people’s abilities to productively
use them, are strategically important issues to individuals
and organizations of all kinds – and to local, state, national
and global economies.
To enhance education initiatives in this field, the
Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
program has awarded a 4 year, $3 million
grant to establish the
Mid-Pacific ICT (MPICT) Center, at
City College of
San Francisco in 2008. In 2012, that grant was renewed at
similar annual amounts for 3 years.
MPICT’s mission is to coordinate, promote and improve the
quality of ICT education, with an emphasis on 2-year colleges,
in a region consisting of California, Nevada, Hawaii and the
To accomplish this mission, MPICT launched in 2008 with 4
Regional Partner schools:
Foothill College and
Junior College, which together with City College of San
Francisco, represent the San Francisco Bay Area. Fall of 2009,
MPICT added a new Regional Partner,
Community College in Reno, NV, which adds connections to
ICT programs at all 4 Nevada community colleges through the
NVITE project. In the Fall of 2010, a sixth Regional
Partner College representing Hawaii,
Kapi'olani Community College, was added.
MPICT endeavors to:
Champion the importance of ICT
Build collaborative relationships with the rich ICT industry
resources of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley
to improve ICT education
Coordinate efforts to harmonize, improve and communicate
educational and career pathways and experiences in ICT
Expand and diversify the skilled ICT workforce
In 2011, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office,
Division of Workforce and Economic Development Career
Education Practices Unit awarded a Perkins IV, Title 1B
Leadership grant to create the
California Community College (CCC) ICT Collaborative. Its
mission is to:
advance ICT education programs at California community
colleges and enable a diverse student population to succeed in
meeting industry and business ICT workforce needs.
The CCC ICT Collaborative works closely with MPICT to provide
statewide leadership for the strategically important ICT
sector throughout the California Community College system. One
in four community college students in the U.S. attends a
California community college, the
largest higher educational
system in the U.S.
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