This year, NWCET celebrates its 12th anniversary as a national leader in IT education and workforce development. Over these past 12 years, NWCET has completed a number of education and technology projects and grants, and has developed several nationally recognized products and services including: IT Skill Standards, Standards Based Curriculum Applications, IT Program Design and Implementation, National IT Faculty Development Outreach, and IT and Technology Horizon Research. NWCET is affiliated and co-located with the Washington State Center for Information Technology Excellence (CITE), a statewide resource for community and technical colleges, the K-20 educational system, and the information technology (IT) industry.
We serve Faculty, Educational Institutions, Business and Industry, Students, and Counselors as well and Government in areas related to education and technology infusion. Download NWCET’s brochure.
The Annual IT Futures Education Summit: Friday, May 29th at Microsoft
“Redefining IT/CS/BT Programs for 21st Century Industry & Students”
The 2009 Washington State IT Futures Education Summit was held Friday, May 29th, 2009, at the Microsoft Corporate Conference Center. Technical and workforce development instructors across our state discovered new and innovative ways to improve IT education. This one-day free event featured several industry and education speakers in various disciplines of IT that shared the impacts, challenges, growth and demands of technology.
This year’s panel presentation and question/answer session explored: “Keeping WA State IT & CS CTC Programs Current and Relevant to Meet Changing Industry Needs”. Panelists included CTC faculty and administrators who have experienced first-hand reviewing, refreshing, redefining and creating IT/CS/BT programs on their campuses.
Benefits of attending:
Learn about current upcoming technical skills sought by businesses.
Focus on integration of new technologies and strategies for classroom learning.
Choose a break-out session with industry and faculty co-presenters for a specific area of interest.
Network with other instructors to build a community amongst our institutions.
This year’s key note speaker was Jim LeValley, Group Product Manager for the Academic Segment, Microsoft Learning at Microsoft Corporation. Mr. LeValley spoke about “Job Market Outlook for IT Professionals.”
Session titles are below. Included within the day’s activities were drawings for great giveaways (books, seats to the 2009 Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institute, and more)!
8:00 – 8:30 AM Check-in & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 AM General Session
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Paul Boyum, Vice President of Workforce, Bellevue College
Sandra Mikolaski, Associate Director, NWCET
Keynote Speaker – Jim LeValley, Global Education Programs Director, Microsoft Learning at
Presentation Topic: “Job Market Outlook for IT Professionals”
9:30 – 9:45 AM Networking Break
9:45 – 10:45 AM Session #1 Presentations
Cascade Auditorium: How to Refresh Your IT Program –
Alan Carter, Green River Community College & Jeff Johnson, Academy Manager, Microsoft
St. Helens: Visual Studio 2010 – Jason Olsen, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Rainier: Elluminate Your Classes – Mary Corcoran, Bellevue College
10:45 – 11:45 AM Session #2 Presentations
Cascade Solar Auditorium: Windows Server 2008 RC2 –
Ward Ralston, Group Product Manager, Microsoft & Melissa Dehaan, Columbia Basin College
St. Helens: Cloud Computing and Windows Azure – Ryan Dunn, Senior Technical Analyst, Microsoft
Rainier: Adobe Creative Suite – Ron Austin, Bellevue College
11:45AM – 1:00 PM Lunch & Roundtable Discussions
Cascade Auditorium: “So What Does a Green IT Job Look Like?” –
facilitated by Michele Royer & Agnes Figueroa-Martinez, Bellevue College
St. Helens: “Learn about the new Microsoft Technical Achievement Certifications:
What they are and how you can use them.” – facilitated by Jeff Koch, Sr. Product Manager of Certifications,
Rainier: Microsoft Project
1:00 – 2:00 PM Session #3 Presentations
Cascade Auditorium: Advanced Office 2007: Sharepoint – “Why Employers Want Your Students to Know It” –
Steve Fox, Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft & Mary Corcoran, Bellevue College
St. Helens: Windows 7 – Stephen Rose, Senior Community Manager, Windows OS & Melissa Dehaan,
Columbia Solar Basin College
Rainier: Camtasia Studio, Snagit, & Jing Project: Creating Rich Media for Your Students, Jean Kent
2:00 – 2:15 PM Networking Break – West Hall
2:15 – 3:15 PM Aligning Your IT/CS Program to Industry Needs – Cascade Auditorium
Moderated by Marcia Williams, Bellevue College
Alan Carter, Green River Community College; Mary Corcoran, Bellevue College; Steve Hailey, Edmonds Community College; Mike Kelley, Grays Harbor Community College; Clyde Rasmussen, Big Bend Community College
3:15 – 3:30 PM Closing Remarks and Giveaways – Auditorium TBD
Kelley Beverly, Academic Program Manager, Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Corporation
Maureen Majury, Senior Program Manager, NWCET, Director for Center for IT Excellence
Please note: Program is subject to change.
Special thanks to Microsoft Learning, Microsoft IT Academy Program, the Microsoft Conference Center, Wiley Publishing Prometric, the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, Washington State Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institute, and the League for Innovation in the Community College for support of this year’s Summit.
Third Annual Careers in IT: The Real Story – Wednesday, April 29, 2009 (Free Event!)
Are your students curious about Information Technology (IT) or do they think IT is only for geeks? Do they think offshore outsourcing has eliminated all high paying technology jobs in the United States? Do your students believe they don’t have the computer skills, technical competence or aptitude to do well in the information technology sector? Tell them to think again!!!
There were drawinsg for exciting prizes!
Bellevue College, N201, N-Building
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
8:30AM – 9:30AM (Check-in, Light refreshments and networking)
9:30AM – 11:30AM (Program)
11:30AM – 12:00PM (Lunch provided)
2007 IT Summit presentations and related materials are available below
Daniel Rasmus, Director of Information Work Vision, Microsoft:
Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College (IT professor and author)
Everything Just Changed: Office 2007
Dr. Mark Minie, Affiliate Instructor, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Washington
Dr. Michele Royer, NWCET, Bellevue College
Watch the videos from the 2007 IT Education Futures Summit.
Keynote speaker, Daniel Rasmus, Director of Information Work Vision, Microsoft
IT Employer & Hiring Panel Discussion
Workforce Education Council/Continuing Education Council Presentations – February 8, 2007
The Center of Excellence and National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET) were honored to present data on the “Future IT Workforce & Trends in IT Education and Careers” (Jerry Bunce, Boeing, and Michele Royer, NWCET) at the statewide WEC/CEC meeting February 8th at Bates College in Tacoma. The informative presentations are available for download here: Jerry’s presentation, Michele’s presentation.
You can also link to a podcast of the program, (click on right-hand menu) including a brief introduction of the event and speakers by former Center of Excellence director Jeff Johnson.
The podcast was produced by Greg Marshall of Whatcom College. The February 8 event was attended by over 100 representatives from thirty-four community and technical colleges. Thanks to Jerry and Michele for their excellent insights, detailed presentations, and IT workforce and education information shared with the group on behalf of the Center of Excellence.
Future Potential in IT Event – February 18, 2007
Videos of the Future Potential in IT are now available for viewing. ‘Major Nelson’ (Larry Hryb) the Director of Programming for Microsoft’s Xbox Live: Windows media, Real player. Larry discusses the development process of the Xbox and gaming. Joel Chaplin of Infospace, Inc. was the keynote speaker, and speaks on his experiences in the IT industry: Windows media, Real player. The industry panel, with eight computing and IT professionals, discuss why students should consider “looking for a great major” in IT: Windows media, Real player.
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NWCET presented a podcasting workshop in partnership with Apple in November 2005. To listen to the workshop click here.