ERIC Number: ED463008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-28
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Information Technology Program Capacity in the Community and Technical College System: Recommendations and Strategies for Closing the Information Technology Skills Gap in Washington State. Final Report.
This report offers an economic overview of Washington's information technology (IT) industry, stating that between 1990 and 1997 the state added 36,000 IT jobs and moved the state from 21st to 16th nationally in high-tech employment rankings. Washington also took the lead in high technology salaries, with an average wage of $81,000 in 1997. Furthermore, enrollments in IT increased 91% between 1995 and 1999, making IT the fastest growing area in the two-year college system. In light of these trends, this report presents recommendations and strategies for improving the quality of IT instruction and learning in the Washington State Community and Technical Colleges System (WSCTC). A committee comprised of IT industrial representatives, college presidents, and WSCTC Board members met to discuss ways to help the community college system meet IT industry needs. Four general recommendations came from the committee: (1) increase IT faculty compensation to keep up with private industry salaries and help retain quality instructors; (2) provide more professional development on IT innovations and changes to keep faculty up to date; (3) recruit and hire more IT instructors with industry experience; and (4) upgrade college facilities to improve IT capability and stay current with the IT industry. Tables with specific strategies for each recommendation are included in the report. Feedback from an IT faculty forum are also included. (MKF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.