What needs to be done at the regional education level to cultivate IT skills to meet the future demand of southeastern PA employers? This was the question up for discussion at the March 9th ITAG Board Meeting at AVE in Malvern.
The objective was to follow up on the Economy Leagues’s presentation on January 12 on technology workforce needs and trends in the Southeast PA region. The Economy League’s report emphasized that IT employers are struggling to fill high skill positions particularly software developers, DevOps engineers and data scientists. The panel explored if there is a disconnect between what ITAG employers want and the skills of the students coming out of colleges, universities and school programs.
Art Campbell, Headmaster, STEM Academy and Dr. Kirk Williard, Division Director Chester County Intermediate Unit represented K-12 educators on the panel discussion, joining Dr. Deke Kassabian, CIO, West Chester University and Erik Gudmundson, Pegasus Technologies; Thelma Haylock, Director, HR at Pfizer and Pratheep Nair, Knowledge Architect Manager, Cerner. Susan Boardman, Internships and Partnerships Leader, STEM Academy served as panel moderator.
Photo courtesy of the Chester County Economic Development Council