On Friday, November 3rd, over 100 ICT educators and professionals convened at the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency to discuss curricular offerings at high school and community college.  This was an example of how industry can inform the learning objectives taught at schools across the region, which will better prepare students for the needs that were shared by the employer.

Employers and educators plan a project to help teach students cybersecurity principles.

Employers and educators plan a project to help teach students cybersecurity principles.

With that said, this gathering was also an opportunity to satisfy a funding requirement for the participating educators.  In the past, each participating schools - there were over 30 represented - would host an individual advisory committee meeting.  By combing the conversations in a regional event, employers experienced a streamlined and efficient process.

Moving forward, the employers may consider supporting work-based learning opportunities for the students of the 30+ schools.  Through both a regional advisory committee meeting and individual work-based learning experiences, the employers are able to inform education - as opposed to the other way around!