IT Innovators is sponsored by the WhyITNow.org initiative and is supported by a consortium of IT professionals, educators, government organizations and entities including WebProfessionals.org, Monster.com, the Santa Clara office of Education, CompTIA and many more.
The purpose of promoting IT Innovation, education, career pathways and IT jobs.
WhyITNow.org is supported by a consortia of IT industry professionals, publishers, educators, government agencies and groups coming together for the benefit promoting awareness and jobs within the Information Technology (IT) profession.
The WhyITNow.org initiative aims to support and promote opportunities within IT by:
• Providing resources that will assist students, career changer and the IT professional to succeed
• Sharing resources regarding IT employment opportunities that are available across the IT sector including the Web and Communications industries
• Identifying where the jobs are and the steps to land then and keep them
• Sharing what salary surveys are telling us
• To promote IT Career Cluster resources, course of study and standards
• Promoting IT success stories
• Promoting diversity within the workforce
• By proving you with simple steps to foster business and industry partnerships in your community
• Serving as a bridge between practitioners, those that teach, governments, education program managers and business and industry
• Sharing resources regarding the the role and the responsibilities of jobs within IT
• Developing an effective communication strategy to articulate that WhyITNow is good for business, commerce, competitiveness and jobs
•Provide the legwork and the research of the employment data the state needs via analysis of existing and future data resources
•Improve collaboration between K-12, community colleges, 4-year colleges an universities, business and government
•Aggregate an effective advocacy effort with state and national policy makers on behalf of the IT community in Sacramento and Washington D.C.
•Focus on promoting diversity and serving under-represented groups, difficult to reach populations and non-traditional learning organizations including women and minorities and the incumbent workforce
•Deploy relevant, workable, accessible instructional design strategies for learners (traditional and online methods) in partnership with California education including high schools, community collages, universities and ROP centers statewide.
•Work to build and promote IT literacy into general education curriculum in order to equip all graduates with these basic skills
•Support strategies to promote and support small business in California (where 90% of the jobs are)