Purpose First Convening, Indianapolis, IN, June 2017

Purpose First Convening, Indianapolis, IN, 6/17

Representatives from UH Mānoa, Honolulu CC, Kapiʻolani CC, Leeward CC and Hawaiʻi P-20 gathered at the June 2017 Purpose First Convening in Indianapolis, IN, to network with other states working on Purpose First initiatives and link their purpose-driven strategies with partner organizations such as NACADA, AACRAO and NCDA. Purpose First focuses on better aligning academic and career plans from the start of degree or credential program. It includes redesigning academic advising, using relevant tools to connect labor market information to majors, providing career guidance in the curriculum and connecting employers for work-based learning opportunities.

2017 Hawaiʻi Information and Communications Technology Conference

2017 Hawaii STEM Conference program cover

The Office of STEM Education (OSE) hosted the 2017 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Consortium in January 2017 at UH Mānoa. The focus of the consortium was to a) incorporate and grow the ICT pathway in support of the Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative, b) discuss how to better guide students who are interested in fields relating to information and computers into ICT majors at UH, c) align various UH course, student learning outcomes and articulation requirements and d) hear from industry on workforce opportunities in ICT.

More than 40 participants from across all 10 campuses discussed current and future ICT workforce needs, heard from students and academic counselors on the barriers and challenges of navigating through the UH curriculum, and shared ideas on improving transfer pathways.

A panel of Hawai‘i Chief Information Officers council and business leaders in Information Technology discussed the state’s job forecasting and human resources professionals shared how UH can prepare its students for ICT jobs. OSE will continue to convene the ICT group to work on furthering these efforts.

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