Information Communication Technologies & Digital Media Sector Team

When Steve Wright was asked by the IT Certification Council (ITCC) how certification providers can create and nurture collaborative relationships with the California Community Colleges, he had some important insights to share.

With more than 27,000 students taking at least one IT course each year, 45% of whom are working adults looking to upskill, there is a strong need for industry certifications that support in-demand skills. Wright suggests industry partners that provide online mentoring support, connect students with employers, and offer discounted certification exams are a huge help to students.

Developing relationships with faculty champions is also key to building a strong collaboration. “IT training and certification providers can accelerate the adoption of their certification training when they share resources and knowledge with faculty and develop employer engagement opportunities for students,” Wright said.

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