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Best Practices

coLearning (a Factory initiative)
“coLearning” is a community-wide educational initiative of the Factory which aims to help anyone who is interested in IT find a job, pursue a career change, or upgrade their skills. The program relies heavily on corporate partners who are asked to help “create” (curriculum, training programs, etc.), “Coach” (students, prospective employees, etc.), and “commit” (to hiring participants/retain tech talent in the region).

Collaborative Process to Align Computing Education with Engineering Workforce Needs (CPACE)
The goal of CPACE, A NSF-funded CPATH Community building (CB) project, is to develop, implement, and evaluate a process to create an academic/industry community as a lynchpin of curricular change. The specific project goal is to demonstrate the process in the context of meeting industrial needs for computational problem solving in engineering.

ExperienceIT is a non-profit collaboration between leading information technology organizations and workforce agencies in Detroit committed to facilitating the growth and resilience of the IT workforce in the region. ExperienceIT is a game-changing partnership between leading tech companies, workforce agencies and educational institutions – working together to teach, train and prepare the next generation of IT professionals in Detroit.

Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC)
The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with students and families in the Capital Region to build excitement for coursework and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Working with high school students, middle school students, and adults, ITEC offers programs that develop academic and leadership skills, increase educational performance and foster students’ confidence in their ability to compete professionally.

Northwest Michigan Developer Consortium
This project proposes an alternate educational path to becoming a professional software developer. By leveraging the investments made by the IT industry in defining certification outcomes and assessments, a shared curriculum will be developed by a consortium of community colleges resulting in a two-year instructional program that creates more entry-level developers at a much lower cost. For more information, contact Chris Knapp at 517-241-4399 or

University of Michigan Traveling Computer Science Summer Camp
Shifting Code partnered with the University of Michigan to promote/support a series of U of M Traveling Computer Science Summer Camps. The camps, which were held in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, and Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, are designed to expose under privileged high school students to computer science and engineering concepts in an effort to increase interest/participation in the STEM related fields, especially among female, minority, and other under represented groups. For more information, contact Chris Knapp at: 517-241-4399 or

Washtenaw Community College IGNITE Michigan Initiative
WCC’s new IGNITE Michigan initiative (Intentionally Growing New Information Technology Employees in Michigan) is expected to train 225 unemployed and underemployed individuals in addition to military veterans for entry-level IT jobs over the next three years. Support to develop a curriculum based on their unique needs comes through a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Industry Cluster Groups

Capital Area IT Council
The Capital Area IT Council is a Michigan Regional Skills Alliance (MI RSA) that was formed to address the specific workforce development challenges facing our local information technology industry. Employer led and directed, the Capital Area IT Council is a coalition of industry, education, economic development and government partners committed to identifying, developing, and implementing real solutions for improving the quantity and quality of IT professionals in the Greater Lansing region.

Greater Ann Arbor Region IT Leaders Council
The Greater Ann Arbor Region IT Leaders Council includes IT leaders from the public, education, and private sectors who are working together to ensure that the region continues to generate the talent to help Ann Arbor-area companies grow. Tasked with planning and developing a regional vision of successful Information Technology Leadership across a broad section of industries, the Greater Ann Arbor Region IT Leaders Council focuses on generating best practices in culture, talent development, talent attraction, talent retention, leadership development, and networking opportunities. For more information about the Greater Ann Arbor Region IT Leaders Council contact Phil Santer at: 810-588-6382 or

West Michigan Tech Talent
West Michigan Tech Talent was formed to engage employers of IT professionals with best practices, resources, and a community to help grow, recruit, develop, and retain a world class IT workforce in West Michigan.

Workforce Intelligence Network/Opportunity Detroit Tech
Opportunity Detroit Tech is an employer-led collaborative of various core-technology and end-user companies. Opportunity Detroit Tech is convened to raise awareness of and shape community responses to regional talent and other industry-growth needs. The vision is an enhanced, tech-based ecosystem that supports company success. Participants comprise primarily C-level information or technology officers across a mix of industries and business types, including multi-national organizations, small and medium enterprises, and start-ups. Based on preliminary feedback from participants, Opportunity Detroit Tech initially will target two key areas of work: (1) Branding and marketing SE Michigan as a technology and innovation hub that attracts and retains top talent and provides a network of support for area firms. (2) Identifying talent needs and solutions to support short-term and long-term competitiveness.

Additional Resources

Connect Michigan, in partnership with the Michigan Public Service Commission, is working to ensure that all can experience the benefits of broadband. Technology, especially widespread access, use, and adoption of broadband, improves all areas of life. Connect Michigan invites you to join us in changing communities and lives across Michigan.

Gig.U – The University Community Next Generation Innovation Network is a broad-based group of over 30 leading research universities from across the United States. Drawing on America's rich history of community-led innovation in research and entrepreneurship, Gig.U seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities. Improvements to these networks drive economic growth and stimulate a new generation of innovations addressing critical needs, such as health care and education.

Merit Network, Inc. is a nonprofit, member-owned organization formed in 1966 to design and implement a computer network between public universities in Michigan. After 40 years of innovation, Merit continues to provide high-performance networking and services to the research and education communities in Michigan and beyond. Merit continues to leverage its experience managing NSFNet, the precursor to the modern Internet, to catapult Michigan into the forefront of networking technologies. Merit has implemented a 10 Gbps backbone and is in the process of implementing it across Michigan to continue to provide a flexible, robust architecture to support the research and education needs. The 10 Gbps is completely self-funded. Merit received no legislative dollars to support the effort. Merit believes in the strength of a robust educational community. By connecting organizations, building relationships and sharing services, educational institutions can achieve far more together than they can alone.

Michigan Council of Women in Technology - Every day, we inspire women to advance and remain in Michigan's technology community. A diverse IT workforce is a vital part of Michigan's transformation and we strive to engage and retain female professionals here. Our vision is simple and bold: make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology. In our network, you'll meet executives, students, business owners, entrepreneurs and others dedicated to a thriving technology community. Through mentoring, leadership development, networking, and technology experiences for all career cycles—from youth summer camps, to college and graduate school scholarships, to professional networking events, and more—we are inspiring and nurturing technologically oriented women.

The Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP) is an alliance of five 4-year institutions and ten community colleges. The overall goal of the MI-LSAMP is to significantly increase the number of under-represented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and to prepare them for entry into graduate STEM degree programs. In order to participate in the MI-LSAMP you must: 1) be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, 2) be a member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group as defined by the National Science Foundation (African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Pacific Islander and Alaskan Native), and 3) be committed to obtaining a baccalaureate degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) field.

The Michigan STEM Partnership is a statewide collaboration of committed leaders from PK–20 education, as well as business and industry, philanthropy, economic development, government, military, and other organizations dedicated to elevating STEM literacy and proficiencies in a way that increases Michigan's economic strength to retain and attract desirable jobs. We believe that when STEM is integrated throughout a curriculum, students build critical thinking, observational and problem-solving skills together with a deeper understanding of the content material in all subject areas. STEM competency builds globally competitive school systems and a statewide environment that values lifelong learners who in turn will set the standard for achievement and innovation.

The Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services is a public and private nonprofit collaboration dedicated to improving the healthcare experience, improving quality, and decreasing the cost for Michigan's citizens by supporting the statewide exchange of health information and ensuring data is available at the point of care. The MiHIN Shared Services was created in December 2010 to administer the technical and business operations of Michigan's State HIE Cooperative Agreement program created by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. The MiHIN Shared Services is a collaboration among Michigan's sub-state HIEs, insurer community, and state government.

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan is a statewide trade association affiliated with Mobile Monday, an international organization that works with local, regional, national and global mobile industry visionaries and developers fostering cooperation and cross-company business development through virtual and live networking events.

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