IT-oLogy took the Queen City by storm on December 4. IT-oLogy’s mission of “advancing the IT talent pipeline” was heard by more than 200 business and community leaders in attendance at the Wells Fargo Auditorium at Knight Theater. North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis lent his support to the Charlotte launch in a video message as did Mayor Anthony Foxx. John Fread with Logical Advantage laid out the issue in plain terms: we need more qualified talent to fill the existing jobs in Charlotte and IT-oLogy provides a proven structure that can address this challenge and be easily replicated in Charlotte.
Charlotte is home to 24,000 IT and related IT jobs. But, at any given time, there are approximately 1,800 open positions yet only 300 job seekers in the area.
IT-oLogy executive director, Lonnie Emard, led the charge and explained the IT-oLogy continuum “from the classroom to the boardroom.” “Charlotte’s organizations and initiatives each hold a piece of this puzzle, and IT-oLogy can provide a cohesive mechanism for building out the pipeline,” said Emard. The evening concluded with a panel representing education and industry discussing how their organizations are providing a building block and how they look to IT-oLogy to be a key partner in helping them be successful.
“IT- ology’s initiatives will give hard-working students an advantage with experiential learning and future job searches here in our home state. As for Capgemini, it is a way that we can empower our community to attract IT resources to our region and bridge the IT skills gap,” said Robin Hershman Moore with Capgemini. “There is an epidemic, and I believe it is our job to serve with this distinguished and passionate group of IT leaders.”
If your organization has experienced its own IT pain, and wants more information, please visit www.it-ology.org.