Partnership provides new generation of technophiles
The University is embarking on an innovative partnership with Folsom Lake College to produce more highly qualified computer science and information technology professionals.
Sacramento State is embarking on an innovative partnership with Folsom Lake College to produce a greater population of highly qualified computer science and information technology professionals in the face of a growing demand for such workers from employers in the region and elsewhere.
The partnership combines the expertise of the University with the broad reach and appeal of community colleges to create a pipeline through which the broadest and most diverse population of students can be educated. In turn, the students become computer and information technology pros, explains Emir Macari, Dean of Sacramento State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.
“At Sac State, we are all about partnering and opening doors,” Macari says. “To open doors in engineering and computer science, we need to develop a good pipeline with the community colleges.”
The program, called “Sacramento CPATH Community Building” and funded with a grant from the National Science Foundation, involves faculty at both institutions teaming to develop interdisciplinary components in computer sciences, establish an advisory committee, hold a regional symposium on undergraduate computing education, and develop a pilot program as soon as 2009.
The joint effort is needed because demand for computer and Internet technology professionals has increased sharply, but the supply of those workers from colleges and universities has failed to keep pace, Macari says.
The National Science Foundation’s description of the program says it “has the potential to serve as a national model for collaboration among two- and four-year academic institutions, government, and industry for improving American competitiveness.”
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