Over 60 representatives from regional technology companies, K-12 and higher Eeucation institutions and government leaders gathered at Northeastern’s Seattlegraduate campus last week to brainstorm actions that be taken collectively to better meet the region and state need for workers skilled in computer science.
The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and its Workforce Development Committee, chaired by Northeastern University Dean Tayloe Washburn, hosted the event. The meeting started with a dramatic demonstration of a code-teaching robot named NAO, an innovative medium that is now being used in approximately 1,200 K-12 schools and universities around the world. We then heard an update on the WTIA’s active role in developing tools to help small and medium technology companies adopt internship or co-op programs as a time-tested recruiting technique. Community college leaders in attendance also outlined the two federal Department of Labor grants they have submitted. Organizations like the WTIA,AT&T, Impinj and Tableau Software are each integrally involved in these grant applications, and have committed to help the colleges develop curriculum aligned to industry needs and also help teach the courses. If these grants are awarded, it will significantly boost the computer science capacity of community colleges across the state.
The bulk of the meeting was devoted to reviewing a draft Computer Science Shortage Strategic Plan which has been spearheaded by Washington State House Education Committee leaders, Rep. Drew Hanson and Rep. Chad Magendanz.The plan is designed to direct new state investments in computer science in the most effective manner. The specific programs identified would:
1) help increase the role of computer science courses in K-12
2) increase the computer science degree production from higher education institutions
3) improve and increase the numbers of professionals trained to teach computer science.
This summit attracted top computer science leaders from the Washington Roundtable’s Partnership for Learning, Project Lead the Way, Ada Academy, Washington STEM, the University of Washington Seattle and Bothell campuses, Washington State University, City University and representatives of Microsoft, F5 and other technology companies.
The state legislators collected specific feedback from these stakeholders on all elements of the draft Strategic Plan, and will return with new drafts prior to putting forward specific bills to the Washington State Legislature in 2015. Contact our Dean, Tayloe Washburn, if you would like to participate in the Workforce Development Committee or be kept abreast of its work.
(Originally posted by Andrew McCarty on the Northeastern University Aspire Blog)
As the veteran services specialist at Northeastern University, I’m honored to serve our veterans and servicemembers on campus by helping them navigate the services we offer. I know first-hand the challenges of separating from the military, looking for employment, finding a place to live, and starting school after years away from the classroom. I’m proud to say that when I was finally ready to start again, I attended Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies to earn my bachelor’s degree.
It’s no secret that Northeastern University puts significant emphasis on career development for our students. Being prepared for and savvy about professional life after graduation is a core key to success for students across all industries. Through our renowned Co-Op program, Northeastern’s relationship with over 3,000 companies world-wide means a sure connection for students when they need it most.
We’re thrilled to be acknowledged for this work by College Magazine, which recently ranked Northeastern University #1 on their list of top U.S. colleges with career services. Click below to read their full list. Interested in learning more about our career development services? Check out our website, or email email@example.com for more information.
By Marcella Bombardieri
SEATTLE — Across the street from Amazon headquarters, flanked by a prestigious biology institute on one side and a Filipino-Vietnamese food truck on the other, sitsa storefront in a booming biotech enclave of the city. The space is decked in red and white, with modernist lounge chairs and molecule-shaped sculptures suspended from the ceiling.
Northeastern University-Seattle and Seattle Works have partnered to offer scholarship opportunities to Seattle Works volunteer leaders and leadership training graduates in a variety of graduate programs at Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies. A kick off party to commemorate this partnership was held on March 6th where attendees learned about both organizations and what this partnership now offers.
Eligible Seattle Works members will receive a scholarship covering 10 percent of the tuition for Northeastern University—Seattle’s online and hybrid career-focused graduate degree programs in areas including corporate and organizational communication, digital media, global studies and international relations, the doctor of law and policy, nonprofit management, project management, and many others. Scholarship recipients will also receive a number of benefits including access to speaker and learning series.
For the past 25 years, Seattle Works has connected thousands of individual and team volunteers to a wide variety of public service projects and provided leadership training in nonprofit management and related areas. It has managed volunteer projects for such companies as Microsoft, Accenture, Starbucks, Jet Blue and UPS, among many others.
“Seattle Works volunteers aim to strengthen their communities and themselves. Pursuing graduate study at a first-class organization like Northeastern University—Seattle is a natural next step in growing as a professional and as a community leader,” says Tara Smith, executive director of Seattle Works.
“Seattle Works and Northeastern are a natural fit, as we both offer programs and opportunities to help young professionals create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs,” says Tayloe Washburn, founding Dean and CEO of Northeastern—Seattle. “By partnering together, we can help strengthen our region even more effectively.”
To learn more about the partnership, contact Claire Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (206) 467-5488
Northeastern University- Seattle hosted a game design workshop where Professor Jay Laird directed a packed room through game design exercises and the Masters in Digital Media offered by Northeastern. Each group was tasked with developing their own games complete with rules and modes of play. The night was fun and full of laughs as each group creatively worked through the assigned tasks all the while learning what it means to be a game designer.
Professor Laird also touched upon the GAMES initiative and how Northeastern University- Seattle is breaking ground in video games designed for social change. The GAMES initiative focuses on getting and keeping middle school aged girls interested in STEM fields and topics through the use of targeted video games.
Below is a video of the work Northeastern students have done and a taste of what a Northeastern education can yield in the field of game design.
By Tayloe Washburn
The U.S. needs 144,000 new computer science workers each year but graduates only 15,500 students with computer science degrees, according to Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. This skills gap is one of the biggest challenges facing our region. In Seattle, there are thousands of open positions at Microsoft, Amazon and smaller companies, while half of millennials are unemployed or underemployed, and older job seekers struggle to find work.
Northeastern University – Seattle was thrilled to host over 100 local leaders for our speaker series “Critical Lessons from Super Storm Sandy: Will Puget Sound be resilient in the face of the next disaster?” After a presentation by Northeastern University’s Dr. Stephen Flynn, the audience of educators, public officials, emergency management professionals, students, military personnel, business leaders, and more enjoyed a panel discussion featuring Walt Hubbard of King County Emergency Management; Barb Graff of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management, Mike Harbour of Sound Transit; and Dr. Scott Miles of Western Washington University. The panel discussed regional resilience and preparedness in the face of various natural disasters. Topics ranged from personal preparedness to institutional planning for natural disasters and attendees were treated individual talks by panelists and a question and answer session. Lunch was served and attendees left full, mindful and prepared for what could face our region in the future.
The Seattle Channel (Cable Channel 21) recorded the program. Upcoming broadcast times are:
Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:00 a.m.
Friday, February 14, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2:00 a.m.
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
After that, it will be available on-demand at www.seattlechannel.org
You can find a copy of Dr. Flynn’s presentation here.
Additional information on our region’s resilience planning can be found here:
Interested in either entering the field of emergency management operation or moving ahead in the field? Consider attending our Open House for our Master of Arts of Homeland Security Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm @Northeastern University – Seattle. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
Jane Turlo has been in the health care industry for over 25 years. Over the course of her career, she has progressed from a radiologic technologist to the CEO of an imaging practice. But as the health care industry began to change, Jane realized that she wanted more than just her BA. “It became more and more apparent, as the health care industry continues to change and is being run more like a business, that all I was missing was that degree. I needed that MBA.”
Jane started looking for programs that she could fit into her busy life, and “it just kept coming back to Northeastern. I was looking for a challenging program that I could balance with my family and my job. I didn’t want to be so stressed out with logistics that I couldn’t enjoy my education. The way Northeastern’s program is structured made it the most manageable for my life.”
Now in the program, Jane is already feeling the benefits. “I’m seeing a difference in myself at work. And the difference I’m seeing is that my confidence level has risen; everything I do in class I can apply in the office. I am specializing in health care, but the program has broadened my scope, and I know that it can only benefit me in the long run.”
What Jane has been most impressed with is the connection she feels to her professors and fellow classmates. As someone who thrives off of brainstorming sessions and discussions, finding an online program that offered that experience was essential. “Even though it’s online I don’t feel like it is. I don’t feel like I’m alone working through a course. The professors and instructors are engaged and available, and the teamwork with classmates is such a positive experience. I wanted to have the same experience I would have on a campus but with the flexibility of being online.”
Although her MBA degree program is online, Jane is also able to take advantage of Northeastern’s Seattle campus, which gives her an added feeling of support as she completes her coursework. “Going back to school for your graduate degree is a huge deal. Northeastern offers support, flexibility, and challenge. It’s an opportunity to enhance your life and not feel like you’re giving up your life.”