Genworth Foundation contributed $25,000 (June 2014), Altria $15,000 (December 2014), and Capital One $15,000 (September 2014) to support the development of recommendations on how to better align IT curriculum with the industry demands of our region so that students are gaining the education they need to be workforce ready. To that end, Bridging Richmond is applying these funds to study two high-demand IT occupations, and develop recommendations on how to better align K-12 and higher education curriculum with industry demand.
Virginia Advanced Study Strategies, Inc. (VASS), a contracted partner, conducted two modified DACUM analyses of knowledge, skills, and abilities for two science/technology-related occupations: software developer and network engineer. The findings – a report and job charts – will inform curriculum recommendations and awareness efforts. The curriculum workgroup, which includes faculty or administrators from higher education, K-12, and nonprofits, is currently working on recommendations for curriculum and awareness alignment.