DOD, IC leaders push for diversity in IT workforce

by Billy Mitchell

Diversity in thought, diversity in culture and diversity in experiences are critical to national security, according to leaders from the DOD and IC.

How STEAM education can prepare students for the workforce

by Colin Wood

Commentary: Technology is a key to students integrating into an increasingly global economy, says edWeb.net’s Eileen Belastock.

Study finds digital alerts boost STEM student success

by Betsy Foresman

Recent research found students were more likely to stay enrolled in their universities if they opted into receiving digital alerts.

Arkansas expands stipend program for computer science teachers

by Betsy Foresman

With the goal of expanding the availability of computer science programs in the state, up to $10,000 will be awarded to computer science teachers.

Virginia forms STEM education commission to tackle workforce issues

by Colin Wood

The new advisory body will seek opportunities for public-private partnership and improve educational access across demographic groups.

Congress wants to give DOD a top IT workforce recruitment official

by Jackson Barnett

The latest versions of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would aim to upgrade the Department of Defense’s IT workforce by adding a new high-level position for digital recruitment. Provisions in both the House and Senate versions would make retaining a digitally capable workforce a priority. The new position included in the Senate legislation would

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…

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,…

Dallas schools are winning back students with new focus on innovation

by Ryan Johnston

Over the last 15 years, Dallas Independent School District has lost 35,000 students to new charter and private schools in the city. The plan to get them back, led by Deputy Chief of Transformation and Innovation Angie Gaylord, is to redesign all 230 schools in the district with new academic focuses. Many schools are getting new buildings and principals, while others are narrowing in their curriculums on skills that reflect…