What is the FITC Alliance?
The Florida IT Career (FITC) Alliance works with high schools, colleges, and information technology employers across the panhandle of Florida. Through a partnership between Florida State University and Florida A&M University, we are developing IT Career Pathways that will engage the K-20 education system in recruiting, retaining and placing qualified graduates into IT and computing professions (and keeping them in the Panhandle). This effort will take advantage of the comprehensive suite of technology related academic programs already available and focus on IT, Computer Science and Engineering. The Alliance is funded by a State Board of Governors (BOG) TEam grant. Check out
http://fitc.cci.fsu.edu/ for more information.
What will we do?
The BOG funding will enable the members to expand their network and engage educational institutions and companies throughout the North Florida region. Our long-term goal is to expand the Alliance to institutions across the state. During the first stage of the project, companies participating with the Alliance will coordinate with Florida State University on engaging students in the benefits of pursuing an IT, computer science or engineering career. This will be done by inviting you into the classroom (in high schools and colleges), working with you in focus groups to determine your employment needs, connecting you to our career services experts, and providing details on our programs.
In addition, the Alliance will visit various technology conferences across the state, as well as host two Information Sessions/Career Fairs in October 2014 and February 2015 focused on IT, Engineering and Computer Science careers. These events are designed to connect you with college students, with high school educators, and with career service professionals. The Alliance will work in combination with educational institutions as well as technology companies to decipher the following issues:
- What is the best way to approach a relationship between your company and local educational institutions? (i.e. Guest Lectures, Career Fairs, Hosted Employer Events, etc.)
- What qualifications are intern/job applicants missing that are fundamental for a career at your company?
- What is missing from the current educational and employer pipeline?
- What is the best way to educate high school and college students about your organizations?
How can you participate?
If you are interested in partnering with the grant, visit fitc.cci.fsu.edu/employers to apply to become a part of the Alliance. The Alliance encourages all information technology, computer science and/or engineering companies across North Florida to join. Applicants will be invited to the October and February Career events. We will also share your information with high school students as part of our outreach to Panhandle schools.
TalTech Alliance invites you to attend TechExpo 2014 “TE3: Entrepreneurship, Education, Enlightenment,” to be held on May 8 at the Florida State University Turnbull Center in Tallahassee, Florida. TechExpo is the only annual technology conference in Tallahassee dedicated to bringing the techie community new industry developments, time and money-saving techniques and tools to optimize your organization’s productivity and profitability. This is your opportunity to network with other technology-based business leaders and interact with our knowledgeable speakers and exhibitors. Whether you are already a business leader, want to start your own business, or you’re in college; TechExpo 2014 will guide you through your journey to enlightenment with various tech-centered topics ranging from entrepreneurship to education. We encourage you to register early. Space is limited.
Our speaker at this month’s luncheon is Micah Widen. He will be discussing DOMI Ventures, a local incubator opening May 1st, 2014.
Micah is a social entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in a vast array of industries. Most relevant as a partner and CEO of Domi Ventures, LLC; a new startup incubator in Tallahassee, FL. Micah has an unyielding passion for creating relationships that drive growth in communities and is currently serving as a board member for Capital City Youth Services.
The mission of DOMI Ventures (www.domiventures.co) is to create an environment where high-growth entrepreneurs can develop and become sustainable companies by providing education, mentoring, a network of resources, capital, a collaborative working environment (Domi Station) and business services aimed at accelerating business success.
Come to the TalTech Luncheon on April 16th to hear more about DOMI Ventures.
Yesterday’s luncheon was all about the future of 3D Printing. Ken Baldauf from FSU gave us a glimpse of what to expect in the future as a result of 3D printing, which he called the ABCs of XYZs. To see media coverage of the event, please visit: Luncheon Coverage on WCTV, Luncheon Coverage on Democrat, Luncheon Coverage on Tallahassee Talks
Join us at Madison Social by FSU on March 3rd from 5-7pm as we host our fundraising event for TalTech Alliance and a charity to honor the life of Curtis Clifford. Amanda Kuff and Shelby Howard will be bartending the event and 100% of the tips will be donated. The event time is concurrent with their great happy hour specials! Hope to see you there! For more information or to RSVP, please email AmandaKuff@Taltech.org
It’s with great sadness that we report the loss of our Treasurer, Curtis Clifford. Curtis was a good friend to many and his presence will be dearly missed.
If you are interested in presenting at the 2014 TechExpo Conference on May 8th at the Turnball Center, please visit TalTechExpo.com and sign up today!
TalTech Alliance would like to thank CenturyLink for their Diamond Sponsorship of this year’s TechExpo “TE3: Entrepreneurship, Education, and Enlightenment”. CenturyLink has been the Diamond Sponsor since the first TechExpo and TalTech honors their loyalty.
We look forward to an amazing event this year with double the attendance and triple the media coverage. If you would like to be a speaker or if you’d like to sponsor the event, please visit the NEW TechExpo website: TalTechExpo.com or contact AmandaKuff@Taltech.org
TalTech Alliance will be hosting the Leon County Sheriff’s Office for the first luncheon of the year at the Capital City Country Club. This event, sponsored by Carousel Industries, will demonstrate how the Sheriff’s Department utilizes and integrates emerging technology to enforce the law and keep Tallahassee safe. Guest speakers Major Michael Wood, Director of the Law Enforcement Division, and Gene Griffin, Chief Administrative Officer, will be discussing how tax dollars and grant monies are spent on local technology industries to maintain these operations. Not to mention, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office bomb truck, patrol car, and helicopter will be “on the scene” demonstrating various atypical, technologies that keep us protected. Register now through the “Upcoming Events” tab. P.S. There will be robots.
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