EICC IT Instructor selected to join CompTIA National Advisory Council

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2/24/21

Roberta OsmersEastern Iowa Community Colleges is excited to announce Information Technology Instructor and Department Coordinator, Roberta Osmers, will serve as an inaugural member of the CompTIA National CTE Advisory Council.

CompTIA is the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce. This week, the organization announced the formation of a new council to lead a national dialog focused on accelerating career pathways in technology. Osmers is currently one of more than 30 individuals representing 22 states who have joined the council. CompTIA will recruit three representatives from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to join, with members serving two-year terms.

“I look forward to working with educators and officials from across the country to develop changes that will benefit Information Technology students and programs. This is an opportunity to bring the ideas and concerns of our students, faculty, business partners and concurrent high school programs to this National Advisory Council,” said Osmers.

CompTIA’s National CTE Advisory Council intends to design strategies to diversify the tech workforce and shape the future of CTE tech curriculum. Areas of focus include technology trends and emerging tech, best practices for instruction, professional development for instructors, credentialing and certification programs, grants and other funding sources, articulation agreements and connecting with industry employers.“We strongly believe that CTE will play a critical role in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has devastated household finances and changed educational plans for many families,” said Angel L. Piñeiro Jr., Vice President, Strategic Academic Relationships, at CompTIA. “With the help of an elite group of educators and other leaders we intend to raise national awareness of CTE as a creator of opportunities for careers that will provide a better way of life for multiple generations to come and to do so in a way that addresses digital inequity head-on.”

In January U.S. employers advertised more than 232,000 job openings for core IT positions. These openings occurred in virtually every industry sector and included positions in software and application development, IT support, systems engineering and architecture and IT project management.

“CTE holds great promise as the solution to fill this need, and to do so in a way that minimizes the cost of acquiring skills and accelerates the process of preparing people with the employability skills that allow them to contribute from day one on the job,” said Piñeiro.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges prepares students to enter the field of Information Technology with hands-on programs in Virtual and Augmented Reality, Cybersecurity, Networking for Systems and Security, Programming and Web Development. Considered high-demand by the state of Iowa, students who enroll in these programs can have their tuition paid through the state’s Last Dollar Program.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is also home to the EICC Cyber Center, housed within the academic department of Information Technology. The center meets regional demands for high-quality cybersecurity education and training by providing students and the community with course and degree information; links to key cybersecurity resources, news and information; and events that will enhance the cybersecurity resilience of our community.

For more information on EICC’s Information Technology programs, visit eicc.edu/infotech

Toll-free 1-888-336-3907, email eiccinfo@eicc.edu