Presentation on theme: "Addressing Utah's Talent Shortage by Preparing Students for Jobs In Demand A Technology Company Perspective Jeff Weber SVP People and Places Instructure."— Presentation transcript:
Addressing Utah's Talent Shortage by Preparing Students for Jobs In Demand A Technology Company Perspective Jeff Weber SVP People and Places Instructure
Introduction Instructure –Transforming the way people learn online –1,200 Customers –Over 9 million active users –200,000 + in Utah –HQ in SLC
Recruiting Challenges Utah? Other locations? –Columbus Increase skills? –React training –Girldevelopit / Devbootcamp –Online courses Outsource? Retention? Backfill positions Benefits and perqs? Perspective of Utah technology companies… VC Company funding -2014 biggest year yet $1B Grow faster – higher more people
Technology Hiring Data Technology positions posted in SLC area - 2014 2,672 Software Developers 750 Web Developers 374 Computer Programmers 3,796 Total *Source Innovate+educate study
F-35 Lightning Program - HAFB Over 30 million lines of code Maintenance is primarily technical and engineering Talent shortage of trained engineers and technicians –Hiring 250 engineers per year for next three years F-35 Sponsored Programs –Engineers in the Classroom –FIRST Robotics –Engineers Week –Space Day –MATHCOUNTS
STEM High Demand Jobs Salt Lake City Area Job posting information from Burning Glass Technologies, Inc.
Ideas from Business Leaders Internships and on the job experiences School assignments / projects working with businesses Speaking with or interviewing business people about jobs in demand and skills / experiences needed Job shadowing along with site visits and career fairs Encourage online courses in technology –MOOCs, Puralsight, Community Colleges, etc. Industry can help with Utah Scholars, Junior Achievement Encourage students to pursue focused courses or certificates in areas of high demand –Continue to change the perception of 2 year degrees or code camps, etc.
Certificate / Focused Outcome Programs UVU –Workforce readiness, CTE training, Concurrent enrollment –Career pathways programs Davis Applied Technology College –http://www.datc.edu/programs Salt Lake Community College –Science camps –Bridge to Success –Customized job-specific training programs
Supporting technology careers Exploring Computer Science fulfills the Computer Tech graduation requirement Approved in June 2014 by State Board of Education Encourage ALL students to take Exploring Computer Science (ECS) class –No typing pre-requisites –Learn a little CS while meeting Computer Tech requirements
Wrap Up Learning is never done! Skill requirements change frequently –Encourage students to stay current on competencies and up to date on skills There are several options besides traditional 4 year degrees that provide career growth and development