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A third of U.S. workers say they lack data skills

by Katya Schwenk

Research by the online course provider edX reported on Tuesday that 39 percent of U.S. consumers they surveyed across industries feel they lack proficiency in data skills — though respondents also said they are reluctant to ask their employers for additional training. The survey, conducted by a 3rd-party data vendor, polled 1,000 adults, 917 of whom were or had previously been employed. Another 37 percent of the respondents said they…

Public-private partnerships can build IT workforce pipelines, say education leaders

by Betsy Foresman

To address the technology workforce shortage, stakeholders in business, government and education must work together to train students for a wide range of emerging careers, education leaders said at an event in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. Speakers in one panel at Amazon Web Services’ Public Sector Summit agreed that amid the growing demand for workers trained in the latest technological skills, strong public-private partnerships will prove a key component of…

Louisiana announces state's first cybersecurity education center

by Betsy Foresman

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new partnership last week to create the state’s first cybersecurity education center. The new “Cyber Center” will provide training in-person and online for people in Louisiana and beyond, and it aims to solidify the Shreveport-Bossier area, where the center will be located, as the cyber hub of Louisiana, Edwards said. In recent years, Louisiana has made investments to strengthen its public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, creating what…

Congress considers bills on student privacy, workforce, school security and STEM diversity research

by Betsy Foresman

Lawmakers moved on a host of bills this week centered around educational technology, including legislation aimed at restoring student privacy, bolstering the nation’s cybersecurity workforce, funding school security and better understanding participation in science and technology-related subjects among underrepresented groups. The Building Blocks of STEM Act, introduced in March by Sen. Jacky Rosen, a Democrat from Nevada, passed a voice vote Wednesday by the Senate’s Science, Commerce and Transportation committee. The…

U. Virginia team defends national cybersecurity competition title

by Betsy Foresman

The computer network of a fictional agricultural firm is secure for another day, thanks to students from the University of Virginia, who won first place at the 2019 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for successfully thwarting simulated cyberattacks. The key to success, the team’s captain said, was communication. For the second consecutive year, UVA’s team won first place at the cybersecurity championship, held on April 25 in Orlando, Florida, prevailing…

How one charity is boosting the STEM workforce by teaching underserved adults

by Eileen Abbott

When Dennis Bragg recently learned that a student on the autism spectrum who was struggling to find a job had been hired by a major technology company, he was very happy. “It was a great moment to watch him go from playing video games in his room to getting a job with Microsoft,” reports a joyful Bragg. It also speaks to the success of Bragg’s Agile Charities Software Development and…

Higher education is rethinking its fundamental model, Horizon Report says

by Colin Wood

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 high rates of student debt and a more diverse student…

How Virginia Tech's innovation campus could transform the technology talent pipeline

by Betsy Foresman

Northern Virginia, like many regions in the U.S., is confronted with a shortage of technology professionals, which the state and Virginia Tech hope to mitigate through a $1.1 billion investment designed to bolster and expand educational opportunities in computer science and other STEM fields, university officials told reporters in a media briefing Wednesday. Although the Washington metro area has the most computer science graduates of any region in North America,…

St. Louis universities build consortium for cybersecurity students

by Colin Wood

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 an executive director and is attracting new members. Mary Abkemeier,…

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