Despite the growing use of technology in our world, there is a lack of computer science education in Minnesota schools. Unbelievably, there are no computer science curriculum standards for secondary schools, and high schools are not required to offer computer science for students. This lack of access to I.T. education has created a skills gap that is creating a frightening tech workforce shortage for companies in Minnesota.
The I.T. Center of Excellence exists to help encourage youth and adults to pursue careers in I.T.. We collaborate with the tech industry leaders, I.T. professionals, and technology businesses of Minnesota to learn what they are doing with technology today and the skills they will need in a future workforce. Using this knowledge, we work with Minnesota educators to develop innovative ways to keep our state’s students on top through curriculum development, low or no cost resources, and hands-on events.