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Technology Employers: Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Your input makes a difference! Understanding employers’ IT workforce needs is critical to driving tech talent growth in our region. The ITAG Industry Partnership and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia have partnered to conduct an employer needs assessment survey. Your responses on IT hiring and training needs will be used to guide training funding, infrastructure initiatives, and other projects which will benefit all technology employers in the region.

The deadline to take the survey is June 30, 2017. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for letting your and your company’s voice be heard by completing the annual ITAG employers needs survey.

Click here to respond to the survey.


Economy League of Greater Philadelphia to Host Driving Tech Talent Growth in PHL

Employers in Greater Philadelphia have created 25,000 net new tech jobs since the early 2000s – equivalent to 25% of total net employment growth in the region during that span. Tech is positioned to be a major engine of sustained job growth in our economy, but firms report difficulty finding candidates with the needed skills and credentials to fill many positions.

Join the Economy League during Philly Tech Week on May 2 as they release an in-depth analysis of the region’s IT workforce and present a strategic framework for expanding and deepening the tech talent pool in Greater Philadelphia.
Keynote Speaker:
Charles Eaton
CEO, Creating IT Futures; Executive VP, Social Innovation, CompTIA

To register, click here.

ITAG Hosts Discussion on Cultivating IT Skills at the Regional Educational Level

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The ITAG Industry Partnership hosted the latest of our “discussion series” with an interactive group meeting on March 9th a AVE in Malvern, PA.

Over 35 attendees, including ITAG Board members and guests, joined together to expand on our discussion series around the topic of the development of the technology workforce in the region. Panel members led us through a deep dive into: What needs to be done at the regional education level to cultivate IT skills to meet the future demand of our SE PA employers. This discussion was moderated by Ms. Susan Boardman, Internships & Partnerships Leader, Downingtown STEM Academy. Susan was joined by panel members representing Technology Employers and Educators:
Mr. Erik Gudmundson, VP of Business Development, Pegasus Technologies
Ms. Thelma Lawson Haylock, Director HR at Pfizer
Mr. Pratheep Nair, Knowledge Architect Manager, Cerner and STEM Academy Advisory Board Member
Dr. Deke Kassabian, CIO West Chester University
Dr. Kirk Williard, Division Director CTCE (Career, Technical and Customized Education) at CCIU
Mr. Art Campbell, Headmaster, Downingtown STEM Academy

In addition to coding positions, for which there is a less of a demand than in years past, employers are hiring for IT generalists, customer service, enterprise projects, cyber security. What is changing is the type of candidate that employers need and schools are producing. There was a strongly voiced common thread: it’s not just about having the right degree or courseware or technical skill. It’s equally, if not more, about developing and hiring of candidates that have the critical thinking and creative skills to adapt to evolving challenges. The best candidates have the ability to learn, collaborate, take initiative and successfully engage with diverse team members. Candidates get this experience and skill development in many different ways: internships, co-ops, work assignments with experienced team leaders, working in a different field (i.e., a firefighter who transitioned to technology). It is also critical that courses at the High School and College level provide a variety of skills, not just tech skills. With almost all courses and students using technology, there is no longer one path to a technology career (i.e., digital humanities didn’t exist 10 years ago!). Students are using technology in all majors today so focusing on one path may no longer be the right approach; getting practical experience and learning how to apply learnings to different scenarios is more important. Schools are doing a better job of, and want to do even more, producing degree students that are better prepared for the world of work. When asked for a show of hands as to “who today is working in a field for which they got their original degree?” Only 3 hands were raised! One panel member offered that their original degree was in English and now they are working in technology. As one attendee put it: “The focus is more on what are we USING and not so much on what are we LEARNING”

Everyone agreed: It’s more about the well-rounded knowledge, practical experience, critical thinking and ability to adapt that will make a candidate stand out and be competitive. To that, there were several mentions of the “Success in the New Economy” video by Kevin Fleming which gets to the same point. The Video is a little over 9 minutes long and is a TED-Ed video available on You Tube and by clicking here .

Many thanks to the professional team at AVE for providing the excellent meeting space and sponsoring the generous networking session refreshments for our attendees!

CCEDC Seeks Technology and Program Coordinator

TITLE: Technology and Program Coordinator

REPORTS TO: SVP/CMO and Partnership Manager

PRIMARY FUNCTION: To work directly with the CCEDC Marketing Team and Industry Partnership staff to develop and implement marketing and partnership initiatives. Function as the liaison to create, communicate and coordinate partnership information across internal and external contacts.

PROJECT RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist SVP/CMO and Project Directors/Managers in coordinating workforce development programs and industry partnerships with particular emphasis on marketing (websites maintenance, social media and SalesForce CRM database), events and partnership support.
Develop and manage project websites and social media tools for internal and external utilization including updating information on a weekly basis.
Provide coordination for industry partnership programs, breakfast briefings and general events.
Assist with preparing and submitting proposals, requests for payments, progress and final reports, contracts, and final budget reconciliations
Coordinate events and meetings, including development of announcements, registrations, facilities, catering, meeting packets, and presentation needs
Maintain database and file information for partnership and programs
Coordinate technology needs for CCEDC including SalesForce administration and point of contact for social media tools.
Interface with and maintain communications with company and partner personnel
Participate in partnership and subcommittee activities as needed for marketing or events
Provide coordination and support to project staff as required, including meeting scheduling, telephone inquiries, meeting minutes and maintaining electronic and hard copy files
Provide backup support to the marketing and development coordinator.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in marketing and technology fields.
Prior experience in project coordination preferred.
Proven experience with website maintenance and social media and technology tools preferred.
Advanced computer skills, especially in web tools, database management, spread sheets, and presentation software. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator a plus.
Ability to multi-task and handle multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, work independently and have an attention to detail.
Strong communications skills required including writing and editing abilities.
Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to interact effectively with various internal and external groups, and maintain superior files
Ability to operate within an entrepreneurial environment

HOURS REQUIRED: Full Time

Please forward cover letter and resume to mdivincenzo@ccedcpa.com.

DATE: 1-16-17

Don’t miss out: Technology Training Funds are Available

The ITAG Industry Partnership can help your organization maintain a competitive workforce with grant funds to offset partial costs of tech-related training. Funding is provided by the PA Department of Labor & Industry & the Chester County Workforce Development Board.

Easy and simple eligibility: trainees must be employed residents of Pennsylvania and training must occur between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017. Several courses have already been approved: SQL, Technical Project Management, .NET, Business System Analysis, Agile Development, Java (Certified Sun Java Associate) Network Administration and Security (CISCO), (CCNA), (MCSA), Business System Continuity, and Disaster Recovery.

If you or your employees have taken any of the classes listed above please contact us. If you have a tech industry-related class in which you are interested in taking, or have already taken, during this time frame and it is not on the list, please contact us; we may be able to revise the list.

For more information contact Marianne Stack, ITAG Project Manager, mstack@ccedcpa.com or 610-321-8222.

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