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Using Skill Standards to Advance Your College IT Curriculum
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IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond

ITSS 2020 mission is to create a contemporary and future-facing set of IT Skill Standards for the most critical IT job clusters, led by employer thought leaders and subject matter experts (SMEs) nationally.
The IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond project is developing employer-led, up-to-date skill standards and student learning outcomes with the goal of expanding the pipeline of right-skilled individuals to fill the many open IT jobs across the nation over the next several years.

  • The last comprehensive IT Skills Standards were developed in 2003 and were widely used by educators and employers.
  • Some groups have addressed portions of IT; however, there is no comprehensive, easy-to-use set of standards for the most critically-needed IT job clusters looking into the future. Standards already developed will be used as a basis for this work as appropriate.

New IT Skill Standards will be used by:

  • Faculty across the country to help widen the pipeline of workforce-ready IT workers through a model curriculum that a broader range of training providers, especially smaller institutions, can adopt.
  • Smaller companies in writing forward-facing job descriptions.

Most Critical IT Job Clusters

In February 2019, we brought 98 IT thought leaders (mostly CIOs and CTOs) from across the nation together across 4 virtual meetings. The information gathered from these meetings was synthesized and put into a survey. The survey results from the thought leaders was the identification of the most immediate and critical future-focused job clusters. Job clusters with published skill standards are noted in green below. To access the skills standards for a given cluster, click on the job cluster name in green.

ITSS 2020 Process Flow Chart

This chart outlines the process ITSS 2020 is using to identify and create future-facing skill standards in collaboration with employers and educators nationwide.

ITSS flowchart updated June 2020[1]

Companies who have participated

ITSS 2020 has had the great pleasure of working with over 235 companies, this engagement continues to expand as the project continues.  Some of the companies who have participated are listed below.

A Bigger View
Advanced Technologies Consultants
AI AppStore Inc.
Alaska Airlines
Alliance GTM
Apsaco LLC
Booz Allen Hamilton
Burtch Works
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
CodeSmart, Inc.
Collin College
Community Learning Network New
Mexico TechWorks
Converged Technology Group
Free Agents Inc
Htachi Consulting
InfoSEC Consulting
Iterative Consulting
J Strategies
Basal Nuclei
K12 Inc

Lee Engineering
Mayo Clinic
McLane CO
Miniat Holdings LLC
NM Department of Workforce Solutions
Pioneer Square Labs
Protocol Analysis Institute, Inc./ChappellU
RDM Innovation Training
ReefPoint Group, LLC
Resonance AI (formerly Transform)
Skillspire LLC
Snohomish County
Texas A&M Corpus Christi
The Provenance Chain Network
Thomson Reuters
Vespa Group LLC
WCA Waste
Zeevo Group LLC

And a host of other large and small companies

For more information contact Program Director Christina Titus

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1838535. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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