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 Educators Go Behind the Scenes in Information and Communication Technology

Local teachers got a look behind the scenes in a top, regional industry through a partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and Regional Pathways.

Through tours, presentations, and paneled conversations at a one-day event, educators from middle school to college learned how to better integrate information and communication technology (ICT) skills and career information into their classrooms.

ICT is considered a priority sector in San Diego County because it is expected to account for an increasing number of jobs with higher wages regionally. SDCOE is partnering with employers, workforce development agencies, and other educational institutions to help meet the future labor market demand through professional learning opportunities for educators to impact student success in career.

The workshop was held at the San Diego Central Library in November and featured a cybersecurity demonstration, round-robin conversations with four regional ICT employers, and a presentation on ICT labor market data.

Event participants toured the San Diego Central Library's free ICT education resources, which include a makerspace with 3-D printers; a computer lab with professional, digital media software; and a digital memory lab, where library members can convert old media storage into modern digital formats.

The day concluded with a tour of Sempra Energy's downtown headquarters and a special visit to its global cybersecurity "war room."

San Diego Public Library and Doing What MATTERS also contributed to making the free workshop a success.

Educators may complete this interest form to sign up to learn about events similar to Behind the Scenes in ICT and opportunities to connect their classrooms with employers and coordinate work-based learning activities for students and teachers.

Employers interested in connecting with education to inform students and teachers about your work, a career in your field, and in-demand skills, can contact SDCOE Work-Based Learning Program Specialist Alex Becker.