Cincinnati faces a significant shortage of Information Technology (IT) workers in the next 7 years. IT is one of the fastest growing and highest paying careers in Cincinnati.
These careers include:
- Information Security Analyst
- Software Developer
- Computer Network Architects
- Database Administrators
Many IT jobs require post-secondary education but preparing students for IT careers starts before college. Unfortunately, many high schools do not have the ability to incorporate IT into the current curriculum. The University of Cincinnati (UC) DITLE project will help change that.
The Design Based Information Technologies Learning Experiences, or DITLE, is a project funded by a National Science Foundation ITEST grant. This project will prepare secondary schools, students and communities for IT post-secondary education and jobs. It will strengthen the current regional partnerships between secondary schools, UC's School of Information Technology, UC's STEM education programs, and Cincinnati businesses. This project will have a focus on 10th and 11th grade students who are typically under-represented in IT careers and education. It will give a broad range of IT education and experience to students and teachers.