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Connecticut Institutions Bridge Tech Skills Gap with Talent Accelerator Initiative

Seven Connecticut higher education institutions are participating in a new initiative called Tech Talent Accelerator, which aims to boost high-demand technology skills by fostering partnerships between business and higher education in areas such as cybersecurity, virtual modelling, software development and numerical analytics. The Saint Joseph University, Quinnipiac University, University of Bridgeport, Mitchell College, University of Hartford, University of New Haven and Connecticut State Colleges and Universities will receive a combined $180,000 in grants from the New England Higher Education Council (NEBHE) and the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), supported by funding from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Tech Talent Fund.

The objective of the Tech Talent Accelerator is to help each institution to:

  • Develop short-term certificate programs to prepare students for entry-level technology-focused jobs;
  • Incorporate industry-recognized benchmarks (such as those offered by Google and IBM) in curricula and degree programs;
  • Incorporate industry-aligned and regionally relevant technology knowledge, skills and competencies into curricula and degree pathways;
  • Provide pathways to high-value and in-demand technology skills and credentials to help Connecticut residents secure jobs in the region; and
  • Incorporate digital skills and industry-recognized degrees into liberal arts programs and provide work-based learning to increase student employability.

At Saint Joseph’s University, for example, a $30,000 Tech Talent Accelerator grant is funding the development of a data analytics degree concentration tailored to the needs of employers in the Greater Hartford area.

“This grant comes at a critical time when USJ seeks to establish closer collaboration with business partners and develop several new programs, including computing and data science, digital media and communication, and business management. sports,” USJ computer science and mathematics professor Hong Zhou said in a statement. “The grant will allow us to integrate Google Data Analytics into our data science and business and management courses and align our curriculum with the technology needs of Connecticut businesses.”

“By investing directly in faculty-industry relationships, NEBHE and BHEF will accelerate capacity building, unlock existing innovations within Connecticut’s higher education system, and pave the way for sustainability that will benefit the entire higher education system. higher education, employers and learners in Connecticut,” said BHEF CEO Brian Fitzgerald.

For more information visit the NEBHE website.

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