ERIC Number: ED480961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-10
Reference Count: N/A
Information Technology Workforce Development: Public Policy Review and Discussion.
Keeping the existing information technology (IT) workforce viable and rapidly increasing the number of these workers presents a United States public policy workforce development (WD) challenge at all government levels. Public policy human capital investments have been undertaken to address the IT workforce supply and demand mismatch. States seem to be best positioned to be the pivotal public policy creators and implementers in the high-skill, high-tech economy. States' education systems are their primary public policy levers. The National Governors Association's activities show high-tech clusters and ITWD are high on states' public policy debate agendas. The state-managed college/university system supporting ITWD is inadequate to meet IT labor and skills demands. To supplement existing higher education systems, states are pursuing new ITWD public policies. Three significant state ITWD approaches are improving ITWD in their existing state-managed education system; implementing the "cluster" as the new vehicle to support improved ITWD; and dividing major cities into groups to encourage cooperative ITWD efforts. City ITWD efforts are most effective as part of state or federal programs. The fundamental federal role in ITWD has been to monitor and report on IT workforce needs and to facilitate states in dealing with their individual IT workforce needs. National ITWD public policy examples are the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act and Workforce Investment Act. (Contains 30 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Demand Occupations, Educational Objectives, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Higher Education, Human Capital, Information Technology, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Local Government, Occupational Clusters, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Role of Education, Secondary Education, State Government, Technological Advancement
For full text: http://www.cete.org/wpapers/pdfdocs/ITWDE-robertkerr.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998