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CAN ILLINOIS MEET THE DEMAND FOR STEM SKILLS?

Change the Equation Business leaders in Illinois have sounded an alarm. They cannot find the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent they need to stay competitive. Students’ lagging performance in K-12 is a critical reason why. To address this challenge, Illinois is raising the bar. The state has joined 44 others in adopting high math standards for K-12 — …

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Is your company looking for free IT interns?

Andi GrabemeyerProgram Developer and Director/Manager- I create and execute effective human service and employment programs Need a NO-COST Intern? Want to get Unemployed Chicagoans Back to Work? Here’s your chance! Microtrain, through the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, has been awarded an NEG grant to administer a program to help get unemployed Chicagoans back to work. National Emergency Grants (NEGs) temporarily …

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Will ‘open source talent’ shatter the long-standing workforce model?

By Joe McKendrick  Smartplanet Open source software has been a major disruption for the tech industry, offering community-built and supported solutions at no cost, or at a fraction of the price of existing commercial software. Now, some analysts suggest talent is following the same pattern, with open source labor and expertise becoming increasingly available on a community basis to organizations. READ …

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NASA Preparing To Launch 3-D Printer Into Space

By MARTHA MENDOZA – AP NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need. READ MORE

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ITF – STEMfest

Saturday, October 19, 2013, the Illinois Technology Foundation will host its next field trip for girls between the ages of 8 and 13. Our group will be attending the NIU STEMfest. Northern Illinois University hosts a STEMfest each year. This year we will be attending STEMfest as a group, looking to focus in on exhibits, talks and demonstrations targeted at continuing to …

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8 hot IT Skills for 2014

Computerworld – When it comes to overall job prospects for IT professionals, 2014 will look a lot like this year, with 32% of companies expecting to increase head count in their IT shops, compared with 33% in 2013, according toComputerworld‘s annual Forecast survey. READ MORE

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3 Ways Big Data is Transforming Government

Bill Cull – FCW There is enormous opportunity ahead for government agencies to use big-data technologies to manage data growth, gain new insights and innovate in ways they couldn’t before. Here are some of the ways big data is already beginning to transform government. READ MORE

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MVCC and ITF Kick Off Professional Development Series

Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) and the Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) team up to provide professional development seminar to 30 future information technology professionals. The two organizations, working with partners from industry including: Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, Moran Structure Technologies, AITP, SIM, Acxiom and PMI to name a few. The program kicked off at the MVCC campus on September 25. Alan …

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How to Improve Your IT Job Prospects by Volunteering

Sharon Florentine, CIO  September 23, 2013 When Randal Carr and his wife moved from the Washington, D.C. area to Maine in 2002, they did so to slow down and escape the rat race. But Carr didn’t want his IT skills, honed as a network administrator, to languish, so he began looking for volunteer opportunities that would let him use his …

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16 IT Skills in High Demand in 2013

Rich Hein, CIO.com What IT skills are the hottest with employers and what forces are driving those career trends? We examined Foote Partners recently released quarterly IT Skills and Certifications Pay index and we spoke with industry experts to find out. READ MORE

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