Wednesday, May 19, 2010

IT Industry Leaders Needed for IT Business Advisory Council (Bay Area)

Got the following missive from Doug Spindler, a community leader in the Bay Area:

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Pac IT Pros members: As you know, I am a Technology Instructor at Diablo Valley College (DVC) in Pleasant Hill. Earlier this year I applied for DVC to become part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant which was accepted. As part of the grant I need to create an IT Business Advisory Committee to assist the NSF mentors and DVC faculty on the skills tomorrow's IT workers need. I am looking for IT Industry leaders, from a wide variety and sizes of companies and industries. The people need to be CIOs, CTO's, IT Director, and IT Managers - or the people who are doing the IT planning. (We are not looking for IT Workers, Server/Network Admins.)

I'd like to ask you to ask your boss, employer or customers to be a member if they would become a member of DVC's IT Business Advisory Council. (Below you will find a letter you can forward to them.) The reason why you should do this it because you will be the ultimate beneficiary of the NSF grant and DVC's renovated IT program. You will be able to get the job skills and certifications employers are looking for in IT workers.

I could really use your help with mid-size to large size companies.

Thank you for your assistance.

Doug Spindler

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Dear IT Industry Leader:

Diablo Valley College's Information Technology Program is participating in a $2.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant program to improve IT programs for students. Our goal is to give today's students the IT skills and training your company will be using in the future. In order to do this, we are asking IT Industry Leaders like yourself to become a member of the DVC's Information Technology Business Advisory Committee (BAC).

The Business Advisory Committee determines what skills and classes students should be studying today to have the job skills employers will need in the future. We have designed this process to ensure that our graduates meet your company's future IT employee needs; by reducing training time for new hires, our program can save companies like yours both time and money.

Diablo Valley College would like to invite you to become an honored member of this committee. While your time commitment will be minimal, (about 8 hours per year), your impact on our program will be far-reaching. The Business Advisory Committee will meet for half a day, once per year, face to face, and have three one-hour conference calls per year to make certain DVC's IT program is meeting the employment needs of company's like yours.

Your involvement and contribution is critical to our IT program's success.

DVC's next BAC face to face meeting is Friday, June 18, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on DVC's Pleasant Hill campus.

This meeting will be led by Dr. Ann Beheler, Primary Investigator and Lead for the NSF grant, and DVC IT instructors Cheryl Martucchi and Douglas Spindler. Dr. Beheler will have participants perform a Job Skills/IT Program Analysis, to validate your company's IT requirements against DVC's IT program and its goal to ready our students to meet future employment opportunities. On the three conference calls, we will use the results of our face to face meeting to review and redesign our curriculum to confirm we correctly assessed your needs and have created the best IT Program in the Bay Area.

It is imperative a diverse group of employers is represented on the Business Advisory Committee. We are looking for large, mid-size and small companies from all types of industry. If you hire IT workers, we would like you to be represented.

To become a member for Diablo Valley College's IT Business Advisory Committee, please send an email to [email protected] or call Doug Spindler at 925-258-6600. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Thanks, Doug! And good luck with the search.


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