2014 MnSCU IT Talent Match & Meet Up

2014 MnSCU IT Talent & Employer Match Up Slated Oct. 16

Where: Wilder Foundation Center
451 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104 / MAP

When: October 16
5:30 – 6 p.m. Appetizers and check-in
6 – 8:30 p.m. 'Speed Connect' with Employers

Connect with TOP IT Employers ...
Come meet representatives from MNIT, Robert Half, CliftonLarsonAllen, Spok, ESP, ProtoLabs, Marconet, redpath, Deluxe, Maverick Software, the Nerdery, JAMF, OATI, NativeX, and more.

... make your pitch ...
Drop a business card and a 2-minute "about me" pitch outlining the unique qualities that make you valuable to employers.

... and also earn a chance to win an iPad Mini, other prizes
Attain an event "passport," get it stamped by at least 15 employers with whom you share your 2-minute "personal pitch," and earn entry into a drawing for an iPad mini and other prizes.

FREE for MnSCU students, faculty and alumni; all others $7.
Registration includes refreshments.


Finding and Nurturing the Next Generation of Tech Stars:

Advance IT Minnesota Announces Third Annual “Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing” Awards for High School Girls

Applications accepted online Sept. 15 through Nov. 2, 2014   More [...]

September 2014 eResources Bulletin - Advance IT Minnesota Student & Alumni Association.

FUSION Program in the News

Fusion Program participant, NativeX (Sartell, MN/Minneapolis/San Francisco), cites its work with Advance IT Minnesota's FUSION PROGRAM in this St. Cloud Times online story, Coding classes strive for broader interest in tech:

One key to recruiting IT talent is connecting with college students. Collaborations such as the FUSION Program help NativeX show students what the work is like and how to prepare for it.
-Jeff Bollinger
Chief Technology Officer
NativeX, Sartell, MN

Discussing the benefits of expanding interest in IT careers in order to fill available industry opportunities, Jeff Bollinger, NativeX's chief technology officer in Sartell, explains how one key to that process is reaching out to college students. NativeX helps students understand what the work is like and how to prepare for it. Along with college internships, the company is taking part in Advanced IT Minnesota's Fusion program, an application and Web-development program that pairs students with employers to provide training while students are in school. The program serves the University of Minnesota, Minnesota State University, Mankato and Metropolitan State University.
Read the full story

Kelly Martin, BDPA, Lori Sieg, Dawson-Boyd High School, Michael Grzincich, Anoka Ramsey Community College (trainer), H. Leslie Grebe and Jayne Tiedemann, District 287/South Education Center Alternative, Vicki Kapaun, Tartan High School, Darcy McGee, Sleepy Eye Schools, Rose Hobson, District 287/South Education Center Alternative, Mandy Fletcher, Granada Huntley East Chain Schools, Jena Splettstoeser, St. Louis Park High School, Russell Fraenkel and Firasat Khan, Advance IT Minnesota (trainer), Julie Wolner, Northfield High School, and Leonard Runck, Red Rock Central, Lamberton.

More instructors prep to ‘teach tech’ using IT Exploration curriculum

By Russell Fraenkel, Advance IT Minnesota — On August 20, eleven more teachers from the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota experienced day-long training to use the IT Exploration curriculum developed by Advance IT Minnesota, Inver Hills Community College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College and other MnSCU institutions.

IT Exploration Curriculum

Many participants expressed excitement about partnering with their local MnSCU campus to enhance the learning experience and to expose their students to college faculty expertise and campus resources. “It’s all set up for me and free,” said one participant. “And lots of fun games and videos to add in and keep students' attention. I plan to propose the entire curriculum as a high school class next year.”

“It’s all set up for me and free. And lots of fun games and videos to add in and keep students' attention. I plan to propose the entire curriculum as a high school class next year.”

The curriculum features five modules that can embed separately into middle- and high-school classes, or can be used as stand-alone material. Students engage in hands-on learning, preparing them for what employers are seeking in the areas of office productivity skills, systems administration/networking, software development, security and analytics. High School juniors and seniors demonstrating mastery of the coursework will be awarded MnSCU college credit.

To date, 38 teachers from 31 schools and organizations have undergone IT Exploration training. Development costs for the 60+ hour curriculum were largely covered by grant funding and monies from the MnSCU Chancellor’s office to collaboratively design and implement innovative workforce development opportunities. For more information about the IT Exploration curriculum and training options, visit