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June 2014
For application and web development
• Current Challenges
• A New Approach
• The Fusion Program
• Employer Engagement Opportunities
AGENDA
CURRENT CHALLENGES
Our current approach is coming up short
• Between 2010 and 2020, employment growth and
retirements will require more than 9,000new
application and web developers ...
• Technology skills used to produce
actual products and solutions
• The capacity to work effectively with
others and be pa...
• Limited capacity to provide “real-world”
applied experience
• University curriculum tends to be
discipline based rather ...
A NEW APPROACH
The new paradigm for IT
talent development and acquisition
Definition:
“The binding of two or more things, tangible or
intangible, into something new that possesses
properties of bo...
EMPLOYER ENGAGED EDUCATION
Employers working with educators to create a new generation of
graduates educated in the web an...
FUSION PROGRAM
Innovative program blending employer and
educator perspectives
• Curriculum developed in conjunction with
employers
• Years 3 & 4 of a bachelor’s degree program
offered at Metropolitan ...
• Self-management; those skills that
underlie personal and professional
success;
• Working effectively with others, those
...
• Proficiency with current programming
languages and platforms (e.g. Java, Java
Script, HTML 5, .net)
• The ability to app...
FUSION PROGRAM AMBITIONS
Mission
Provide a rewarding career
opportunity for students and
produce the quality of applicatio...
EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT
OPPORTUNITIES
Pathways to secure the talent you need
ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Employer engagement is centered around the IT Residency program, but there are
many other opportu...
FUSION IT RESIDENCY
The cornerstone of employer involvement and student success
• Provides up to 2000+ hours of work exper...
Step 1 Business Letter of Interest
Step 2
Residency Employment
Agreement
Step 3 Initial Resident Selection
Step 4 IT Resid...
EMPLOYER SUPPORTERS
Join these forward-thinking employers who have helped shape
the Fusion program to date:
• Blue Earth I...
NEXT STEPS
• You spoke, we listened, and now we need you to participate
• Employer residency slots are available
• Complet...
THANK YOU!
FUSION IT RESIDENCY HIRING OPTIONS
Contract directly with university
• Advance IT provides FUSION director as a single poi...
FUSION IT RESIDENCY HIRING OPTIONS
Maverick Partnership Option
Maverick Software Consulting pioneered the effective use of...
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FUSION: Business presentation final

  1. 1. June 2014 For application and web development
  2. 2. • Current Challenges • A New Approach • The Fusion Program • Employer Engagement Opportunities AGENDA
  3. 3. CURRENT CHALLENGES Our current approach is coming up short
  4. 4. • Between 2010 and 2020, employment growth and retirements will require more than 9,000new application and web developers in Minnesota. (source: DEED Occupational Projections through 2020) • In 2010, Minnesota universities awarded 832 bachelor degrees in computer and information science, down from more than 1,100 in 2005. (source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education ) • 37% of employers report difficulty hiring new grads, due to skill mismatches and lack of candidates. (source: DEED 2013 survey of employers.) TALENT SHORTAGE
  5. 5. • Technology skills used to produce actual products and solutions • The capacity to work effectively with others and be part of a team • The perspective to appreciate business goals and customer requirements THE EXPERIENCE GAP Students are often lacking real- world project experience:
  6. 6. • Limited capacity to provide “real-world” applied experience • University curriculum tends to be discipline based rather than competency based • Students often question faculty advice regarding employer expectations THE EDUCATION CHALLENGE Educators struggle to keep pace with changing market demands and technologies:
  7. 7. A NEW APPROACH The new paradigm for IT talent development and acquisition
  8. 8. Definition: “The binding of two or more things, tangible or intangible, into something new that possesses properties of both.” EDUCATORS + EMPLOYERS New generation of students, highly employable and prepared for the demands of the market. FUSION
  9. 9. EMPLOYER ENGAGED EDUCATION Employers working with educators to create a new generation of graduates educated in the web and app development fields. • Employers may engage by: – Helping to shape and evolve curriculum based on business needs – Leading educational sessions and mentoring students – Providing feedback to educators as market and technology demands change – Endorsing students for admittance to program • Employers will benefit by: – Students graduating with a practical blend of professional, technical and hand-on skills – Gaining privileged access to a continuous pipeline of talent – Talent acquisition process that matches skills with business needs through a unique, IT residency program
  10. 10. FUSION PROGRAM Innovative program blending employer and educator perspectives
  11. 11. • Curriculum developed in conjunction with employers • Years 3 & 4 of a bachelor’s degree program offered at Metropolitan State University and Minnesota State University-Mankato • Typical pathway into program is from 2- year institutions with students already competent in entry level technical skills • Concurrent IT residency program provides credit for graduation • Employer partners evaluate and select student residents through an online endorsement process FUSION PROGRAM SPECIFICS
  12. 12. • Self-management; those skills that underlie personal and professional success; • Working effectively with others, those skills and attributes that enable individuals to work productively and enjoyably with others, including people from dissimilar backgrounds or perspectives; • Contextual awareness of and responsiveness; understanding the industry, business and customer perspective • Thinking and process skills, the framework and techniques needed for analysis, decision making and innovation. FUSION WORKPLACE OUTCOMES
  13. 13. • Proficiency with current programming languages and platforms (e.g. Java, Java Script, HTML 5, .net) • The ability to apply software development methodologies and standards to product development • Design and implement a computer- based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs • The capacity to analyze existing systems and add features or enhance solutions within that environment • Awareness of the need and options to maintain skills through continuous professional development FUSION TECHNICAL OUTCOMES
  14. 14. FUSION PROGRAM AMBITIONS Mission Provide a rewarding career opportunity for students and produce the quality of application development talent needed by Minnesota employers Vision Create a community of learners, educators and employers that help fuel innovation and entrepreneurship in Minnesota’s application and web development community
  15. 15. EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES Pathways to secure the talent you need
  16. 16. ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES Employer engagement is centered around the IT Residency program, but there are many other opportunities to be involved as well. Program Development • Program continuous improvement • Scholarship funding • Advocacy initiatives Employer Led Learning • Guest speaking • Adjunct faculty role • Project sponsorship • Cooperative research • Competitions/Challenges Career Guidance • Bi-monthly forums • Informational interviews • Business showcase visits • Mentoring Employer Program Development Employer Career Guidance Employer Led Learning IT Residency
  17. 17. FUSION IT RESIDENCY The cornerstone of employer involvement and student success • Provides up to 2000+ hours of work experience • Applicants are pre-screened by employer partners • Students are embedded on project teams and contribute to coding, testing, business analysis, and other roles as needed • Students are employed by the University, simplifying the Residency relationship for employer partners • Optional added-value role with Maverick Software as intermediary • A resident’s elective coursework may be tailored to employer technologies • Employers have access to proven performers for subsequent employment The IT Residency is an extended part-time work experience that utilizes student talent on application and web development teams in roles determined by the employer partner.
  18. 18. Step 1 Business Letter of Interest Step 2 Residency Employment Agreement Step 3 Initial Resident Selection Step 4 IT Residency Begins IT RESIDENCY TIMELINE The initial timeline for each residency takes approximately 3-4 months. Resident start times are typically May, September, and January.
  19. 19. EMPLOYER SUPPORTERS Join these forward-thinking employers who have helped shape the Fusion program to date: • Blue Earth Interactive • Digineer • Maverick Software Consulting • Minnesota Headhunter, LLC • MOJO Minnesota • The Nerdery • Project Skyway • Yugma
  20. 20. NEXT STEPS • You spoke, we listened, and now we need you to participate • Employer residency slots are available • Complete a business letter of interest • Residency employment agreement Bruce Lindberg Amy Lane Executive Director Director of FUSION program Advance IT Minnesota Advance IT Minnesota bruce.lindberg@metrostate.edu amy.lane@metrostate.edu 612-659-7228 651-793-7225
  21. 21. THANK YOU!
  22. 22. FUSION IT RESIDENCY HIRING OPTIONS Contract directly with university • Advance IT provides FUSION director as a single point of contact to resolve any issues that may arise, including reassignment • University assumes payroll and W2 responsibilities • Employer provides supervision, coaching, and project management • Employer provides any supplemental training that may be needed • Employer provides equipment and security provisions • Employer tracks hours and submits reports to the university via online system Cost is $18.00/hour For both alternatives: Employer partner always makes the selection decision Residents are employed as student workers by the university Residents receive 64 hours of workplace professionalism training course Resident starting pay is $14.00 per hour (with option for increase)
  23. 23. FUSION IT RESIDENCY HIRING OPTIONS Maverick Partnership Option Maverick Software Consulting pioneered the effective use of student workers with Thomson Reuters and has seven years of experience delivering project results for over a dozen company clients. Maverick provides the following value-added services: • Resident supervision, coaching and supplemental training for project • Resolution of performance issues as needed • Project liaison with company PMs • Provision of secure, monitored laptops • Automated reporting of student work time and contributions • Manage contracts and payroll with universities Comparative Cost is approximately $23/hour, but negotiated for each client based on terms

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