4 Issues Surrounding Workforce Development for Technology Companies

The Arizona Technology Council released a report from a survey that the University of Phoenix and the Technology Councils of North America recently did on Software Development Competencies to better understand workforce development issues in software development occupations. Asking the following Questions. (Three Roles: Mobile, Application and Web Developer)

1. What is the primary reason for the reported talent shortage in the software development sector (quantity or quality)?
83% of respondents indicated there is clearly a talent shortage.
51% stated the most significant cause is the local market does not have an adequate supply of available works entering the field (quantity).
27% stated the most significant cause is available workers do not have adequate skills and education to occupy the roles (quality).

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2. What 3 to 5 most critical skills must individuals have to perform effectively in there high-demand software development roles in the next 2 to 4 years?
The majority of respondents saw User Interface Design, Architecture and Java as key skills in the next 2 to 4 years.
Programming, Web Design and Data Warehousing were seen as necessary skills for all roles.
88% of the respondents felt “Soft Skills” were equally or more important than technical skills.

3. What education and certifications will be required by individuals in the next 2 to 4 years to preform successfully in three high-demand software roles?
45% felt less than a bachelor’s degree was necessary for web/mobile development.
Only 7% felt greater than a bachelor’s degree was necessary.
Less than 30% felt industry certifications were valuable.

4. What are employers doing to cope with future anticipated skill gaps in three high-demand software development roles?
Only 69% of employers are doing something about it.
68% plan on conducting internal training
64% plan on offering internships
53% plan on retraining employees
51% plan on network building

Report summary: UOPX-TECNA Software Development Survey Results.

City of Mesa Open Data Road Show

The City of Mesa and Code for America are hosting an Open Data regional event on September 4th. The benefits of Open Data range from enhancing government performance to increasing public participation. Show up and explore the process and outcomes of implementing data driven initiatives.

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In Attendance:

  • City officials who have adopted open data policies (Phoenix, Tucson)
  • Start-ups/entrepreneurs who use open data, creating new job opportunities.
  • Community groups actively developing projects that affect the city and it’s residents (eg: transit, health, park apps).
  • ASU faculty and staff researchers who benefit by and contribute to open data sets (eg: budget, water usage).
  • Citizens!

At past events people walked away energized and committed to implement new practices, host hackathons and develop community partnerships. It is an opportunity to share, ask questions and learn from other departments, partner cities, start-ups and community members.

“I thought the open data roadshow was very informative and inspirational! I thoroughly enjoyed it ” -Tony Heinrichs, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Infrastructure/Public Works, City of San Diego

Goals:

  • Bringing the best of open data practices, policies and experiences to cities.
  • Educating a government audience to the concept, values, and opportunities of open data.
  • Consulting and troubleshooting how government staff can pursue open data within their own agencies.
  • Sharing resources and best practices to support governments interested in implementing open data.

The Logistics:
Open Data Roadshow: Mesa
Thursday September 4th 8:30am – 1:00pm
Mesa Arts Center – 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
Free of Charge with breakfast and lunch provided!

RSVP Here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-data-roadshow-mesa-tickets-12361508605

More info here:
http://opendataroadshow.com/

When Arizona Reads, Arizona Thrives.

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Help Arizona Put Reading First! Read 20 minutes everyday this summer.

5 Things you can do to increase summer reading:

  1. Sign up the whole family for the library’s Fizz, Boom, Read!  summer reading program at Chandler Public Library.
  2. Ask your librarian for suggestions of great books to read with your child.
  3. Use the “Find a Book” tool at http://readonarizona.org to find books that match a developing reader’s reading level.
  4. Set a goal of reading 20 minutes everyday.  For very young children and struggling readers, the 20 minutes can be spread throughout the day.
  5. Make reading fun.

Exciting new way to track summer reading.

Many Arizona libraries are piloting an exciting new way to track summer reading.  Read, play games and do other fun activities to earn achievement badges online.

Dig deeper to make a reader.

Ask questions about the stories you read together: “Why do you think [the character] did that?”

Finding Your Passion and Purpose

To be a successful person in anything in life it helps if you have Passion, Purpose & Perseverance. Perseverance is defined as steadfastness in doing something despite opposition, difficulty or delay in achieving success. Is it is easy to persevere when you know your Purpose and have a Passion about it. Passion is the gasoline in the vehicle and your Purpose is the steering wheel that has set the course for the end destination. Join with others for a fun night exploring what your Passion & Purpose is at Gangplank Chandler.

Please share! Clare Rhoads will bring her knowledge of human behavior and awesome facilitation skills. Please bring your own thought provoking questions that have helped you to gain knowledge on this topic. After the class, people will be present to answer questions about volunteer opportunities available in your community. That way you can turn your passion into action!

Join us June 9th at 6pm at Gangplank Chandler

GP Academy: Finding Your Passion and Purpose

Monday, Jun 9, 2014, 6:00 PM

Gangplank Chandler
260 S Arizona Ave

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To be a successful person in anything in life it helps if you have Passion, Purpose & Perseverance. Perseverance is defined as steadfastness in doing something despite opposition, difficulty or delay in achieving success. Is it is easy to persevere when you know your Purpose and have a Passion about it. Passion is the gasoline in the vehicle and yo…

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Kim Moyers Announced as City of Chandler Downtown Redevelopment Manager

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Kim Moyers

Downtown Chandler has hired Kim Moyers as the new Redevelopment Manager to recruit businesses and guide development in downtown. Kim came from the Town of Queen Creek where she headed up the Queen Creek Incubator and lead many special initiatives and Capital Improvement projects.

Additionally, her experience includes serving as executive director of the Downtown Association/Small Business Development Center in Kokomo, IN, where she directed and supervised the association, which consisted of more than two thousand employees and 170 businesses within the downtown area.

“I look forward to being involved in the unique strategy that is required to develop a vibrant downtown,” said Moyers. “Chandler’s downtown is poised for growth and expansion and I look forward to being involved its success.”

Moyers holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and holds a Rutgers Certificate in Business District Management.

I have had the pleasure of working with Kim while sitting on the Queen Creek Economic Commission and at the AriZona Business Incubators Association. Excited for what this means for the Gangplank Chandler Local Initiative. Welcome Kim!

OneBookAZ eBook Publishing Program

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OneBookAZ, the annual all-ages reading program that brings people together through a shared literature experience. OneBookAZ encourages communities across the State of Arizona to read the same book at the same time and participate in discussions and programs centered on that book. This year, the writings of three Arizona “content creators” were chosen through an eBook writing competition that was held in November.

This year’s Adult selection is “Lauren Greasewater’s War,” by Stephen Hirst, “Corr Syl the Warrior,” by Garry Rogers is the Teen selection, and the Children’s book winner is “The Space Adventures of Jack Smacker Little Leaguer,” by Mike Giglio. All three books are available until June 1 for free digital download to a Kindle or any other e-reader at www.onebookaz.org and with a valid Chandler Public Library card. Users can visit any of the four Chandler Public Library locations if they need assistance in downloading any of the books.

Additionally, the Downtown Library will be hosting an eBook publishing program at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 in the Copper Room, 22 S. Delaware Street. This program will feature author Vincent Alascia, who will discuss this new frontier for authors, small presses, and the traditional publishing industry.

“This program, on a practical level, will assist authors and aspiring authors by presenting viable approaches to navigating the learning curve presented by digital publishing,” said Chandler Librarian Ted Liebler. “Taking a wider perspective, digital publishing fits into the maker movement in that the library can provide technical information to help support the manifestation of a creative work.”

The annual One Book AZ program was brought to Arizona in 2002, and coordinated by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State.

LibCon 2014 in Chandler, Arizona

LibCon 2014 is a comic book and sci-fi convention for valley teenagers at the Boys & Girls Club Compadre Branch located at 300 East Chandler Boulevard in Downtown Chandler.

Now in its fourth year, LibCon brings teens ages 12-18 together fans of comic books, Japanese manga and anime, role-playing, costume play, video games, and other fantasy and science-fiction entertainment. More than 400 teens are expected to attend this free event and registration is now open. A free continental breakfast and lunch are included, courtesy of the Friends of the Chandler Public Library and Chandler Unified School District.

Participants can choose to attend a variety of sessions, including everything from making Candy Sushi, to creating your own blog and comic book, to watching award-winning actor Mike Traylor bring Edgar Allen Poe’s tales of horror alive. There will be all-day gaming, with tournaments, as well as a workshop on creating your own role-playing games.

Three authors will also be at LibCon 2014. Aprilynne Pike, author of the best-selling novel, “Wings”, will be debuting her new novel, “Life After Theft.” Brand new author, Amy K. Nichols, will be talking about her upcoming debut novel, “Now That You’re Here.” And OneBookAZ teen novel winner, Garry Rogers, will be discussing his ebook, “Corr Syl the Warrior.”

Organizers hope that LibCon inspires teens to tap into their creativity, to take advantage of resources available in their community to express themselves. Cecelia L., age 18, attended last year’s event and likes the event for its non-intimidating size. “It’s a wonderful way to enter the world of conventions. The panels are always fun, and meeting other amazing people is a highlight,” Cecelia said.

Each year, the Library conducts a contest to select the annual LibCon logo. The high level of quality for this year’s contest resulted two winning logos being chosen. Yujin J., age 17 and Lauren D., 15, were the winning artists and each received a $50 Visa gift card. Their creations can be seen on the LibCon Facebook page.

Welcome Sean Duggan, City of Chandler Police Chief

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Sean Duggan

As many of you know Chandler Police Chief Sherry Kiyler retired late last year. After a nationwide search, the city announced in late November that Sean Duggan would be the new Police Chief for the city. Myself and Jennifer Lindley had the pleasure of spending some time getting to know Sean, who reached out to Gangplank and Downtown Chandler Community Partnership as an applicant because he wanted to know more about our community. Sean is a class act that gets a connected community is the right place to start with public safety.

Sean is a 27 year veteran from the Scottsdale Police Department. Duggan is just the kind of leadership we need in Chandler and the kind of collaborator that brings all sorts of new possibilities for Gangplank to think outside of the box. Join us in welcoming him as you see him around.

TechShop Chandler Grand Opening

TechShop Chandler Grand Opening

Saturday, 1/18/2014
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
TechShop Chandler
Join TechShop Chandler for their action-packed grand opening celebration: Saturday, January 18 from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Take a tour of their cutting edge facility, located within ASU’s Chandler Innovation Center, and prepare to be inspired. See what members are working on, chat with successful community makers, try some hands-on activities, and watch some of their machines in action! They will be serving barbecue burgers and dogs with sides and sodas from 12 – 2 PM. Participate in these great hands-on activities:

  • Help build a state-of-the-art 3D structure in the parking lot with Brian Korsedal of Arcology Now! 11AM -2PM
  • Battle with SumoBots in the famous Gearena
  • Compete to race Sphero, part ball and part robot, through an ever changing obstacle course

Guests can also look forward to demonstrations and displays:

  • “Meet the Makers” including reps from Local Motors, SITGREEN furniture, local incubator Desarrollo, and more. Talk about the latest happenings in the Maker world, how this movement is changing the world and how you can be a part of it 12-2PM
  • Dream Consultant help desk – talk to their fantastic staff about your upcoming projects so that they can can help you build your dreams!
  • Meet their amazing instructors as they demonstrate equipment and give you a taste of what classes are like at TechShop
  • Little Makers hands-on area
  • Member spotlights
  • Photo booth

Enter our raffle to win cool prizes:

  • 3-Pack of Maker Books, including The Maker Movement Manifesto, Zero to Maker, and Makers: The New Industrial Revolution
  • 3-Month TechShop Membership
  • 3-Pack of Choice Classes

If you are a current TechShop member and would like to show off your project at the grand opening, please send an e-mail to education.ch@techshop.ws with a photo of your project, a photo of yourself, a description of your project, and a short bio to be featured next to your project. Submissions due by Monday, January 13, 2014.

The grand opening is free and fun for the entire family! You do not need to RSVP for this event, just show up Saturday between 11AM and 4PM. Bring your family and friends! TechShop Chandler is located at 249 E. Chicago St.,Chandler, AZ. If you need more information, email us at info.ch@techshop.com or call 480-327-0820. Special offers and membership discounts will be available throughout the day.

ASU Chandler Innovation Center Grand Opening

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GRAND OPENING

You are cordially invited to the grand opening of the ASU Chandler Innovation Center, an engineering and technology-based research hub featuring TechShop Chandler.This ribbon-cutting ceremony will be one-of-a-kind, so you don’t want to miss it! ASU President Michael Crow; Mitzi Montoya, vice provost and dean of ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation; Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny; and Jim Newton, chairman and founder for TechShop will use a plasma cutter to saw into the special steel ribbon to commemorate this celebration.

When: Friday, January 17, 2014
Where: 249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225

Events:

  • 8:30am: Registration
  • 8:45am: Program begins
  • 9:30am: Program ends, City to unveil special gift
  • 9:30-11:30am: Tours of Chandler Innovation Center and TechShop

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For information on additional TechShop grand opening events on Saturday, January 18, please visit TechShop Chandler. 

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