10 Sponsored Work Initiatives Under Consideration for Funding

10 Sponsored Work Initiatives Under Consideration for Funding

This past May, the Minnesota IT Center of Excellence (MNSITCOE) hosted it’s third annual New Directions in IT Education Faculty Conference at the North Hennepin Community College campus. Those who attended and participated in the conference workshops shared their feedback with us. Nearly 60 faculty and 20 industry leaders came together to share, learn, and create collaborative opportunities.


Tracy Bibelnieks ,Faculty Member at University of Minnesota – Duluth  said, “First – the IT Center of Excellence conference was amazing. Wow – such great information and contacts.”

I would encourage all IT and related faculty to attend (both full and part-time)" Karen LaPlant, Faculty Member at Hennepin Tech Community College shared.

"The best session this year was the fishbowl – because it enabled both industry and the educators to collaborate” says, Janet Johnson, Faculty Member at MN State Community and Technical College


Through the collaborative efforts of faculty and industry leaders, ten sponsored work initiatives ranging from Agile Course Module Creation to Data Research Colloquiums were developed. Funding award announcements for these projects will be made June 4th. Subscribe to the Faculty IT Connect Community Group to received project updates and announcements!


The current Faculty Projects that have been approved are:

  1. CADSCOM 2018 – Colloquium on Analytics, Data Science and Computing – Firasat Khan – Full Funding

  2. Agile Dev Ops Curriculum Student Modules and Faculty Training – Mary Lebens and David Bahn -Full Funding

  3. My Risk Assessment Proposal – Amos O – Move idea and work into Cyber Security Cur Dev Project

  4. High School Collaboration – Tracia and Pam – Funding and work in progress

  5. Cloud Based Shared Infrastructure – Janet Johnson – Full Funding

  6. Data Analytics cert using google – Tricia and Karen – Funded with alignment to Data Cur Dev Project


We are still reviewing additional submitted proposals and working diligently to identifying creative ways to create and provide support for all the amazing projects presented!

Julie Urban, Veritas along with Mary Lebens, Faculty member at Anoka Tech led conference participants through a variety of Agile working methods and concepts.  Attendees had Fishbowl, Lean Coffee, Do, Doing, Done and other options to take back to their campuses and offices to try as faculty members and industry leaders.

SAS presenters walked us through data visualization and the world of Artificial Intelligence. Audience members were treated to a video of a robotic dog clumsily sliping on a banana peel and received a lesson on the influence of data as a decision making tool. Participance also got the opportunity to listen to panel members from the healthcare, food industry, and marketing industries all shared their thoughts on how data can and has change their respective industries.

Finally Terre Verde Security’s Ed Vasko’s presentation made conference participants  think critically about their own personal data privacy. Collectively, all of this year’s New Directions in IT Education Faculty Conference speakers and presenters agreed that it is imperative that we begin to think out of the box when recruiting and training the next generation of information technology talent.  “Invite Others to the Table” — a phrase echoed by panel members to imply the need for diversity and inclusive practices in the technology.



Please direct all inquiries and questions to Janice Aanenson at Janice.Aanenson@metrostate.edu or call (612) 659-7221.