This past May, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill that would allow students to graduate with a high school diploma and associate’s degree related to technology -- all in the same amount of time it would take to graduate high school in the traditional way. This program, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, would enable more of the state to be prepared for the accumulating technology employment opportunities, especially those individuals who come from disadvantaged circumstances. In Colorado, one school will open with the P-TECH program for the 2016-2017 school year, with plans of opening more programs throughout the state over time. The students that recently graduated from the Brooklyn P-TECH are now poised to start 4-year college programs and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. This is huge -- especially when most of these teens would have been without the opportunity to pursue degrees beyond their high school diploma.
Being able to gain knowledge and experience in STEM positions is an invaluable resource for emerging IT talent these days. OIT has even established its own program to develop the workforce -- Tomorrow’s Tech Talent, or T3. We bring in students and interns who gain real-world experience working with us, while we benefit from their fresh perspective and know-how with the newest technologies. It’s a win for the students, for us, and for Colorado’s economy. If you know any tech talent superstars who would be interested in our T3 program, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Monica Coughlin: Chief Strategy Officer. Sports enthusiast, volunteer, proud aunt, world traveler. I tell the IT industry why Colorado is the place to be. Find me on Twitter at @MonicaCoughlin.|