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New Mexico ‘Boot Camp’ Curriculum Addresses IT Skill Gaps

  • 3 mths ago

As demand for IT professionals continues to grow in today’s digital workforce, higher-ed institutions are establishing a variety of new, accelerated certification programs to meet those needs. And some schools have looked to other successful skill-building programs for inspiration on how to establish their own IT-centered training initiatives.

The author of one of these programs, Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque announced plans this month to help other institutions establish tech training courses based on its own Deep Dive Coding and Technology “boot camps,” led by the college’s economic development nonprofit, CNM Ingenuity.

According to a news release, the college will provide support for other schools to develop their own IT boot camp courses by licensing its entire curriculum, which includes training in Full Stack web development, data science, Java/Android app development, Internet of Things (IoT) and digital media. As part of the initiative, CNM Ingenuity will provide “train-the-trainer” workshops for new instructors and staff, as well as instructor mentorship programs for an institution’s first cohort of participants.

Mary Gallivan, CNM Ingenuity’s senior director of program management, said schools could previously expect to invest up to $250,000 to develop just one course from the ground up, with much of those costs geared toward hiring and retaining personnel and program launch. With the help of their curriculum program, she said colleges and universities can drastically cut those costs.

“You have to dream up the program, put the curriculum framework in place, design it, create the materials, and all of the program supplements around it,” she said of the typical costs. “You need subject matter expertise, curriculum designers and experts and employers in the field weighing in.”

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions is offering $80,000 startup grants for other institutions in the state to establish similar IT certification courses. Licensing is also available to schools and organizations throughout the U.S., the announcement noted.

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