Creating IT Futures: 2014 Summit

Creating IT Futures (opens in a new window) CREATING IT FUTURES: 2014 SUMMIT

You are invited…

Who:  Up to two IT CTC Faculty from each college (Note:  a $300 (maximum) per faculty stipend to offset travel costs will be allocated upon delivery of receipts totaling up to $300 for faculty from Central, Eastern, North and South Western Washington to encourage attendance and engagement at this event) and select IT industry professionals. Faculty who attended the June 7, 2013 IT Futures Summit will be given the two slots to attend.  If faculty who did not attend that event register and those slots aren’t filled with the 2013 attendees, then their registration will be accepted in their place.  Be sure to coordinate with your Academic or Workforce Administrator to ensure this attendance coordination is understood.

What:  Will be happening?  This group will take up and complete issues that were address at the June 2013 Summit (held at Microsoft), including:

  • the six IT common courses that have been finalized and need final adoption,
  • standardization of IT BAS degree titles, IT pathways for worker retraining students,
  • new ways to offer IT certificates to students who already have a bachelor’s degree,
  • how to make YourFuturein.IT (opens in a new window)  website work for student populations other than high school students entering the CTC system, and,
  • how to track IT students once they leave the CTC system.

Note:  You provided feedback on the June 2013 Summit and we listened.  1.  A suggestion from Bates Technical College was that it would be good to have a two-day event so the first day would involve discussing, debating, contributing to a solution, and the second day would about coming to decisions and finalizing take-aways.  2.  Small group discussions work better when the environment is a bit quieter.  There will be three break-out rooms that can be created with dividers available in the main Summit room, (the Mercer Room).

Where:  Mercer Island Community & Event Center (opens in a new window) , 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040/tel (206) 275-7609, The Mercer Room.

When:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014 & 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014

Why:  Everyone has worked very hard to collaborate and create solutions that make it easier for IT faculty and students access and succeed in completing an IT program of study in the CTC system and enter the workforce prepared to meet employer needs.  We need to continue our collective work together and explore and create new innovative solutions for our system.

1.  Before you register (opens in a new window) , you are required to complete the common course survey (opens in a new window) .  We received 13 responses, which needs to move to 100% so the work at the Summit has everyone already familiar and ready to make decisions about the IT common courses that we worked on June 2013.
2. Register by Monday, April 28, 2014.
3. Review materials that will be sent to you before the Summit and be prepared to discuss, brainstorm, and make decisions.
4.  If possible bring your laptop or tablet.  There is wifi at the event.
Food will be provided (Thursday: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, Friday: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack).
Recommended hotel:  The Hyatt House (opens in a new window)  near Bellevue College (easy access to 1-90, and then you can hop off and reach the Mercer Island Community Center very easily). However, for our out-of-town guests, with the stipend you can decide where you want to stay.  Mention my name, the Center of Excellence, and Bellevue College to get the government rate.


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