High Demand for High Tech Workers
College’s IT Center of Excellence fills training need for Ohio’s growing tech sector
A recent employment analysis of Ohio’s technology sector underscored the demand for training offered through the Information Technology Center of Excellence at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).
The state added nearly 3,000 tech industry jobs in 2017, expanding total technology employment to about 384,000 workers. Tech jobs now account for 6.6 percent of Ohio’s workforce, according to the Cyberstates 2018 report by CompTIA.
Job postings related to emerging technologies increased by a whopping 50.4 percent in the state between 2016 and 2017, the report showed. That lifted Ohio to 10th in the nation in net tech employment.
The tech trade group noted that Ohio posted a significant jump in its Cyberstates Innovation Score, which reflects tech patents awarded and tech business startups.
“Emerging technologies offer the key to growth for Ohio businesses — and the pace of innovation is only gaining speed,” said Monique Umphrey, vice president of workforce innovation and dean of the College’s IT Center of Excellence.
“The future of our economy hinges on a trained workforce that can thrive in this evolving environment,” she continued. “Tri-C graduates bring the skills that companies need to stay ahead of the competition.”
The College recently announced partnerships with three technology giants — Apple, IBM and Microsoft — on a series of initiatives aimed at attracting and training new talent for the IT field.
March 30, 2018
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