IT Work-Based Learning Workshop

The Illinois 60 by 25 Network and the IT Learning Exchange are hosting a 2 day Information Technology Work-Based Learning workshop for Leadership Communities in Illinois. The communities that are being asked to participate are focusing on building cross-sector partnerships with a strong employer focus, and are committed to creating more opportunities for students to gain valuable skills through work-based learning programs. This workshop will build off of successful partnerships between the IT Learning Exchange, the Early College STEM Schools in Chicago, and the employer partnerships that have made both of these initiatives grow and succeed.

Dates and Location:

  • Monday, October 19th, Session on Early College STEM Schools & Discussion with Business leaders
    o 12:00-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 20th, Microsoft,
    200 East Randolph, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601
    o 9:00-2:00 pm

Workshop Objectives: The primary objective of this workshop is for each community to create a framework for developing an IT Work-Based Learning model, informed by the Early College STEM Schools in Chicago and the model of Work-Based Learning Continuum developed by the IT Learning Exchange.

Participants: The targeted participants for this workshop are the Illinois 60 by 25 Leadership Communities.

The 60 by 25 Network will sponsor up to 7 participants from each community from the following sectors:

  • High School
  • Community College
  • Intermediary Organization
  • Chamber office
  • 2 IT employers

Tentative Agenda:

  • Monday, October 19th: 12:00-5:00 (Location: TBD)
    o Session on Early College STEM Schools
    o Industry/Employer panel
    o Evening peer networking event (Location: TBD)
  • Tuesday, October 20th: 9:00-2:00 (Microsoft Chicago Location)
    o IT Learning Exchange: Work Based Learning Framework
    o Breakout discussions:
     Modes of WBL (Internships, Project-Based Learning, the 4 Ps)
    o Team time prior to lunch
    o Team action plan development during lunch
    o Team report out

Workshop Preparation: Prior to the workshop, each community will be asked to complete an advance survey of existing IT courses, WBL, community providers, certifications, etc. These results will be compiled to be shared with the communities to create an “asset map” of existing resources across the Leadership Communities. The survey will be sent out well in advance of the workshop.