October 13, 2016
Connecticut Skills Challenge

All over the country, tech companies state that the biggest pain points for sustainability and growth are having a skilled workforce and a pipeline of talent. Similarly, in Connecticut, you read in the headlines everyday a new story about the need for CT to retain more young talent, often in the areas of technology and engineering.  

In an effort to address this challenge, the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) has taken on the challenge of helping the state’s technology companies fill the gaps in their employment needs. Its Computer Science and Engineering Skills Challenges is intended to help with just that.  

Over the next few weeks, across college campuses in Connecticut, students will be taking part in these challenges to demonstrate their coding and engineering skills. Once challenged, students are included in an online directory where tech companies search for local talent.  In addition, winners at the local campuses are then eligible to participate in the statewide competition for each challenge which will be held in November along with a job fair as well.

CCIC is happy to support this important effort by connecting the CTC to its member campuses.  As this week’s matter of fact illustrates, Connecticut lags behind Massachusetts in the number of computer science and engineering degrees that it produces. We need to support and collaborate on efforts like the Skills Challenge to highlight the great talent that we have and to connect these young people with our states’ employers in an effort to retain as many of these grads as we can.

Matter of Fact
Annually, Massachusetts produces more than 5 times the number of Computer
Science Bachelor’s Degrees than Connecticut and more than 3 times the
number of Engineering Bachelor’s Degrees.
Campus Updates
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St. Vincent’s College and Bridgeport Public Schools Launch College Readiness Program Partnership

New Physician's Assistant programs at Sacred Heart University and the University of Saint Joseph.

Higher Education Headlines

New Clearinghouse Data on Time to Degree

Student loan default rate dips, but ‘considerable work remains,’ education secretary says

Gains in Minority Grad Student Enrollments



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