WhyITNow.org: Leading Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Professionals gather this week in Toronto ON, to strategize and develop methodology for a comprehensive study of foundational ICT workforce competencies in Toronto and GTA.
Participating industry and professional organizations include:
•California Department of Education
•Mid Pacific ICT Center San Francisco
•California Workforce Development Board
•California Community College (CCC) ICT Collaborative
Participants will explore methodologies to validate and improve SEO Foundational Guide competencies being developed in a collaboration of the Canadian Department of Labor, the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the National Science Foundation funded centers, WebProfessionals, Mid-Pacific ICT Center (MPICT), the CCC SEO Collaborative, CCC Economic and Workforce Development Centers of Excellence, and Ontario Workforce Investment Boards.
The goal of Why IT Now is to agree on foundational Search Engine Optimization Workforce competencies which can be used to create a “common core” of “Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) for SEO related programs at community colleges throughout California and across the nation.
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James Jones, Executive Director Mid Pacific ICT Toronto Center said, “We want to be able to answer the question: What is it that employers expect IT workers to know and be able to do, no matter what their specific Toronto IT specialization or workforce role is, no matter what industry they are employed in? If we can start by aligning programs and credentials to that, we are adding value to all conforming ICT related academic programs and credentials at community colleges in our region.”
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Foundational knowledge and skills are those expected of all workers in Information Technology (IT) departments, regardless of specialized role. The initiative hopes to translate final foundational IT Worker competencies into academic SEOs and use those to adjust and align programs and credentials, improve articulation and transfer, increase the value of CCC programs and credentials, improve Workforce Investment Board services related to ICT, and improve SEO Expert job and career marketplaces.