Colin Wood

Colin Wood

Training

All high schools in Georgia must teach computer science by 2024

by • 1 month ago

Just one out of every two hundred high school students in Georgia takes a computer science course before graduating, but new legislation signed by Gov. Brian Kemp this month aims to change that. The new law, which will become active July 1, mandates a gradual increase in required computer science offerings at high schools throughout the state. At the start…

Training

Wisconsin energizes mainframe workforce with interns

by • 2 months ago

Cybersecurity specialists and data scientists may be in high demand, but Wisconsin Chief Information Officer David Cagigal said Monday that he knows of a technology people can study that will make them attractive to employers and eligible for lucrative positions in the workforce: mainframes. Though at least one recent survey showed that some states are attempting to distance themselves from…

Policy

Higher education is rethinking its fundamental model, Horizon Report says

by • 2 months ago

As American universities face an existential crisis, a new report published this week says higher education’s most pressing long-term goals are to fundamentally redesign how institutions work and to disaggregate the degree process. The latest Horizon Report for higher education cites “economic and political pressures” behind fundamental changes in how institutions of higher education function. In particular, the report points to…

Training

St. Louis universities build consortium for cybersecurity students

by • 2 months ago

To help meet a growing need for cybersecurity professionals, universities in the St. Louis region are banding together to share resources and provide their students with new opportunities as they prepare to enter the workforce. The Gateway Higher Education Cybersecurity Consortium was initially formed in late 2017 by six St. Louis-area universities but in recent months has developed bylaws, hired…

Culture

Why state CIOs should embrace 'the power of purpose'

by • 2 months ago

This article is part three in a series of articles written by former North Carolina Chief Information Officer Chris Estes to advise new state CIOs. “Three pointers for incoming CIOs” highlighted the importance of rallying around a mission that matters. “New state CIOs should ‘slow down to go fast’” emphasizes the importance of developing an IT budget, roadmap and strategy.…

Culture

States are struggling to attract top IT talent from the workforce

by • 3 months ago

Attracting new employees is the top workforce challenge facing government administrators, according to a new survey released Monday by the consulting firm Accenture, with 42 percent of respondents citing difficulty in recruiting new hires as their top challenge. The findings affirm concerns raised by top state officials in recent years. The survey, conducted in conjunction with Neogov, a publisher of human…

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