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Free skill standards workshop in October

Are you looking to work with your local employers to update an existing technical program or create a new, cutting-edge technical program? Do you need help engaging with industry to get the feedback you need for your curriculum?

The “IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond” project – funded by a National Science Foundation grant – is hosting a free three-day, in-person workshop October 16-18 to teach attendees how to develop and leverage a future-facing set of skill standards for any technical discipline. This “ITSS Summit” workshop will be held at Collin College in Frisco, Texas just north of Dallas. The skill standard development process is powered by the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) BILT model that helps energize relationships between educators and employers and helps align curriculum with workforce needs.

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The first “ITSS Summit” was held in April and welcomed 19 educators – both faculty and administrators – from 8 colleges across the country. One April attendee noted that “The information and knowledge both with the creation of skill standards and the BILT model was exceptional.” Another stated that “We came up with a plan for implementation of our Data Science program.”

Travel expense reimbursement will be available via a travel stipend. There is no cost to register.

“ITSS Summit” attendees will…
* Understand the elements of the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) Model and the skill standards development cycle
* Discuss strategies for recruiting subject matter experts
* Practice preparing and hosting SME meetings to prioritize in-demand job skills and KPIs
* Convert the job skills into student learning outcomes
* Workshop implementing the skill standard materials into curriculum
* Develop mentored “action plans” for next steps after the “Summit” concludes

Participating schools must send at least two people: one faculty member and one administrator.

The ITSS program has already developed skill standard packages for six IT job clusters, which can be found here:

Learn more here.

Sign up here.

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