Commerce site lists resources for IT training

The Commerce Department recently launched a Web site to help information
technology workers, employers and educators find information on IT training programs
nationwide.


The Go for IT site at http://www.ta.doc.gov/go4it
posts profiles of 171 systems development programs in the United States. Users can search
for programs by city, state, region and subject.


The site lists academic and commercial programs, internships, recruitment
opportunities, retraining programs, opportunities for the disadvantaged and programs for
teacher development.


“There are many innovative programs going on around the country to build a
high-tech work force, but people do not know about them,” Commerce Secretary William
M. Daley said. “Now, for the first time, everyone can find them in one place.”


Daley identified at least four types of users for the site:


Commerce’s Technology Administration created the site in response to an Office of
Technology Policy report last spring that said the country will need 1.3 million new IT
workers in the next decade, Daley said.


The High Technology Council of Maryland Programs in Rockville, Md., helps Commerce
maintain the site.


“The site is a great idea because it acts as a clearinghouse and brings focus to
the needs of the IT industry with regards to work force,” council president Dyan
Brasington said. “It also helps bring together organizations and lets them share best
practices.”

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