Blandin webinar archive: Growing and Keeping Tech Talent

Thanks to those who presented and attended. Here’s the archive…

Growing and Keeping Tech Talent
August 11, 2016 – 3 pm

As the labor force tightens due to economic growth and demographic changes, it is critical for rural communities to grow and keep their tech talent since replacing tech workers is both challenging and disruptive.

This webinar will highlight two Minnesota programs that have these goals in mind.

Becky Siekmeier is director of SciTechsperience, an MHTA internship program that connects college students studying STEM disciplines with small and mid-sized Minnesota companies, with an emphasis on placing interns in greater Minnesota. Becky will talk about how this program for work for companies in your community and will bring along a couple interns to talk about their experience working for companies in rural communities.

Michael Olesen directs Project RITA (Rural Information Technology Alliance), a federally funded collaboration between Pine Technical, Ridgewater and Central Lakes Colleges here in Minnesota, plus North Central Texas College. Project RITA focuses on Web and Mobile Development, Computer Technology and Network and Cyber Security. The program is designed to address the growing need in rural communities for skilled information technology professionals.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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