Advance IT Minnesota has Moved
We are now located in St. Paul at Energy Park Place (EPP), Suite 104, 1380 Energy Lane, one block south of Energy Park Drive. Our new offices are in the west section of of EPP.
Ahhh, summertime when you're young ... barbecues, swimming pools, hanging out ... debugging code with tech professionals.
Actually that last one might pertain mostly to select young women such as Darartu Gamada, a 2014 Aspirations in Computing Award recipient who recently job-shadowed at Peoplenet in Minnetonka, MN. As part of her day, Darartu sat in on Scrum planning and hardware project review meetings, lunched with Peoplenet's director of program management office, met with hardware engineers to see what their days are like ... and, yes, spent an hour debugging code with a developer.
Job-shadowing and professional mentoring opportunities such as Darartu's are a prime component of the Aspirations in Computing Awards, a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) designed to increase women's meaningful participation in computing careers. Job-shadowing helps connect recipients with networks of other technical young women in the Twin Cities metro area. Advance IT Minnesota partnered with a number of Minnesota organizations to offer the 2014 Awards, including: Cargill, CollegeRecruiter.com, ESP-IT, General Mills, Marco, Maverick Software Consulting, Microsoft, The Nerdery, Pearson, PeopleNet, Securian, Sport Ngin, Symantec, TC Chapter of the Association of Women in Computing, Thomson Reuters, Unisys, Upper Midwest Security Alliance (UMSA) and ViaWest.
June 20, 2014 - Final sessions and a cybersecurity skills assessment marked today's culmination of the 2014 Cybersecurity Skills Innovation Boot Camp taking place at the Minneapolis Campus of the University of Minnesota. For five days, information technology/security technology students from MnSCU institutions and the University of Minnesota collaborated with industry professionals to enhance and develop skills in cyber defense, vulnerability analysis and testing, security operations and forensics, application security, and more. The camp included IT enterprise/employer-hosted site visits and field trips to give campers first-hand insights into real-world security activities and operations, along with networking and career success guidance. Today's comprehensive skills assessment validates a week of skill development.
A June 4 story at The Line, a Twin Cities media company covering the new creative economy, highlights the Fusion program, specifically how the partnership between Advance IT Minnesota and Metropolitan State University drives IT Residencies that "place students in various technology degree programs with local employers—ranging from cutting-edge startups to Fortune 500 firms—that need flexible, entry-level IT labor." Check out the full story at The Line.
What is the IT Discovery Network? Bruce Lindberg, executive director of Advance IT Minnesota, offered the answer to that question during the Minnesota High Tech Association Spring Conference, May 6 2014.
To promote IT career interest and choice to a young audience, in order to close the IT talent gap, the IT Discovery Network, an association of businesses, nonprofits, school districts, individuals, and higher education institutions offer a wide array of activities that promote IT career interest and readiness among students in grades K-12.
During the presentation, panelists Cindy Drahos, business education teacher, Burnsville High School; Marty Hebig, president and founder, Maverick Software Consulting; Rebecca Schatz, founder Code Savvy; and Michael G. Wulf, National Board of Directors Twin Cities Chapter Volunteer Leader, BDPA explained what they do, why they do it, and who they serve along with their primary outcomes.