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Capital Area IT Council

West Michigan Tech Talent

Industry Data & Reports

Automation Alley Technology Industry Report

Updated IT Cluster Workforce Analysis (September 2014)

IT Cluster Workforce Analysis (January 2013)

Best Practices

coLearning (a Factory initiative)
“coLearning” is a community-wide educational initiative of the Factory which aims to help anyone who is interested in IT find a job, pursue a career change, or upgrade their skills. The program relies heavily on corporate partners who are asked to help “create” (curriculum, training programs, etc.), “Coach” (students, prospective employees, etc.), and “commit” (to hiring participants/retain tech talent in the region).

Collaborative Process to Align Computing Education with Engineering Workforce Needs (CPACE)
The goal of CPACE, A NSF-funded CPATH Community building (CB) project, is to develop, implement, and evaluate a process to create an academic/industry community as a lynchpin of curricular change. The specific project goal is to demonstrate the process in the context of meeting industrial needs for computational problem solving in engineering.

ExperienceIT is a non-profit collaboration between leading information technology organizations and workforce agencies in Detroit committed to facilitating the growth and resilience of the IT workforce in the region. ExperienceIT is a game-changing partnership between leading tech companies, workforce agencies and educational institutions – working together to teach, train and prepare the next generation of IT professionals in Detroit.

Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC)
The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with students and families in the Capital Region to build excitement for coursework and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Working with high school students, middle school students, and adults, ITEC offers programs that develop academic and leadership skills, increase educational performance and foster students’ confidence in their ability to compete professionally.

Washtenaw Community College IGNITE Michigan Initiative
WCC’s new IGNITE Michigan initiative (Intentionally Growing New Information Technology Employees in Michigan) is expected to train 225 unemployed and underemployed individuals in addition to military veterans for entry-level IT jobs over the next three years. Support to develop a curriculum based on their unique needs comes through a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Additional Resources

Connect Michigan, in partnership with the Michigan Public Service Commission, is working to ensure that all can experience the benefits of broadband. Technology, especially widespread access, use, and adoption of broadband, improves all areas of life.

Gig.U – The University Community Next Generation Innovation Network is a broad-based group of over 30 leading research universities from across the United States. Drawing on America's rich history of community-led innovation in research and entrepreneurship, Gig.U seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities.

Merit Network, Inc. is a nonprofit, member-owned organization formed in 1966 to design and implement a computer network between public universities in Michigan. After 40 years of innovation, Merit continues to provide high-performance networking and services to the research and education communities in Michigan and beyond.

Michigan Council of Women in Technology - Through mentoring, leadership development, networking, and technology experiences for all career cycles—from youth summer camps, to college and graduate school scholarships, to professional networking events, and more—the Michigan Council of women in Technology is inspiring and nurturing technologically oriented women.

The Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP) is an alliance of five 4-year institutions and ten community colleges. The overall goal of the MI-LSAMP is to significantly increase the number of under-represented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and to prepare them for entry into graduate STEM degree programs.

The Michigan STEM Partnership is a statewide collaboration of committed leaders from PK–20 education, as well as business and industry, philanthropy, economic development, government, military, and other organizations dedicated to elevating STEM literacy and proficiencies in a way that increases Michigan's economic strength to retain and attract desirable jobs.

The Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services is a public and private nonprofit collaboration dedicated to improving the healthcare experience, improving quality, and decreasing the cost for Michigan's citizens by supporting the statewide exchange of health information and ensuring data is available at the point of care.

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan is a statewide trade association affiliated with Mobile Monday, an international organization that works with local, regional, national and global mobile industry visionaries and developers fostering cooperation and cross-company business development through virtual and live networking events.

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