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Wanted - Denver Tech Company to join Denver's Workforce Investment Board

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Wednesday, April 8, 2015

We need to better fill the tech talent pipeline in Denver and we need a CTA member company to represent our tech network on the Denver Workforce Investment Board

Please contact if you are interested

The Denver Workforce Centers are guided by a Workforce Investment Board comprised of local community members.

Board Function:
  Authorized by the Workforce Investment Act, P.L. 105-220, signed into law on 8/7/1998, and most recently certified by the Colorado Workforce Development Council on 6/26/14, the Denver Workforce Investment Board provides program oversight and policy guidance for all federal, state and locally funded workforce investment programs, including the operation of Denver's Workforce Centers. 

Qualifications:  The Board must include representatives of local business, educational agencies, labor organizations, community-based organizations, economic development agencies, and each agency partnered in the workforce centers; the chair and majority of members must be from private sector business.

Meetings:  Monthly on the second Friday of the month (except in August and December) from 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. The location varies.

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Software Development Skills Survey

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Thursday, February 26, 2015
As part of a collaborative effort to address workforce issues in the technology industry, TECNA, University of Phoenix and Apollo Education Group conducted a joint research study on software development talent acquisition, skills gaps, and educational requirements.

In In June 2014, 760 respondents from technology companies in more than 29 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces participated in a 22 question online survey. In October 2014, a virtual roundtable was held with 16 industry professionals who validated and augmented the survey findings. - See more at:

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Global MindED Conference

Posted By Alexandra West, Colorado Technology Foundation, Thursday, January 22, 2015

The GlobalMindED Conference is a Denver-based organization bringing together students, educators, policymakers, business professionals, and thought leaders from around the world to share innovative best practices.


As a leader in technology, we invite you to be a part of the GlobalMindED Conference. This is a unique opportunity to promote your company’s efforts and get direct feedback to inform your own tools and technology. In addition, this conference may provide a platform for recruiting outstanding first-generation-to-college students who will be in attendance.


This innovative education conference:

  • Brings national and international perspectives and best practices to a global stage.
  • Features experts from across industries to promote a deeper understanding of education as an economic driver.
  • Engages student leaders to solve education’s biggest problems and present best solutions to conference-goers.
  • Establishes important networks and connections among education leaders.

Experts will facilitate sessions to challenge traditional ideas and generate possibilities around the following conference tracks:

  • K12
  • Higher Education
  • Global Work Skills
  • STEM
  • Students
  • Policy
  • Technology 

Participants will leave the conference with a new community of connections, blueprints for innovative ideas, and a perspective to inspire and deliver the best outcomes possible for today’s students, graduates, and leaders in business and technology. We hope you will consider joining this unique conference. To learn more and register, please visit Early-bird registration ends February 1, 2015.

Conference Details

June 18-19, 2015 (optional pre-conference June 17)

Denver Marriott City Center

1701 California Street

Denver, CO 80202

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Start-up Philanthropy: a One-night Giving Circle

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Monday, December 1, 2014

Join Rose Community Foundation for Start-up Philanthropy: a One-night Giving Circle in celebration of Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving.


December 2, 2014 – One night to…



Invite your partner, date, colleagues, family and friends! Forward this email or share our Facebook invite.


The Details

When: Tuesday, December 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: INDUSTRY, 3001 East Brighton Boulevard, Denver, CO 80216, free parking available onsite.

Dessert will be served.


RSVP by November 30

Your donation is your RSVP. Give through Rose Community Foundation’s secure online donation page. Select Giving Tuesday Giving Circle from the “Please direct my gift to” drop-down menu.


The minimum requested donation is $25. Please give as generously as you can. Consider donating the amount you’d spend on a holiday gift or a night out. 100% of funds donated will go directly to nonprofits you will help select on December 2.


"Join" our Facebook event to let your friends know you're coming and invite them too!


What is Giving Tuesday?

On December 2, 2014, millions of people around the world will be part of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back. Last year the world rallied on #GivingTuesday to donate over $20M, nearly doubling the previous year’s effort. The movement continues to grow, and 2014 will likely be the biggest #GivingTuesday yet.


Where will the donations go?

Together, we will learn about a host of social impact nonprofits with proven results serving the Denver community. At the end of the night, all attendees will vote to determine which nonprofits receive grants. 100% of dollars donated will go directly to the nonprofits.


Other Questions? Contact Sarah Indyk at or 303.398.7416


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Colorado Technology Foundation Participating in Colorado Gives Day

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Thursday, November 13, 2014

In August, the Colorado Technology Association unveiled it's new Foundation.

The Colorado Technology Foundation (CTF) is a Rose Community Foundation 501(c)3 fund.

Colorado is at a critical juncture where the growth of technology jobs across sectors is accelerating, yet our ability to develop more IT leaders is not keeping up to demand in the marketplace. The CTF will exist to deliver on this talent building well into the future, fueling Colorado’s economy through technology.

We are grateful to be participating in Colorado Gives Day - our first time - and ask you to

please donate today

as well as spreading the word to your colleagues about this new opportunity to support the building of the tech talent pipeline in Colorado.


We thank you in advance for your support.


Wendy Nkomo, Executive Director

Alexandra West, Director

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Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning

Tinkering activities provide a powerful way to inspire students' interest, engagement, and understanding in science. The Tinkering Fundamentals course will help educators and enthusiasts develop a practice of tinkering and making. This course will focus on key design elements of high-quality, science-rich tinkering activities, effective facilitation strategies and environmental organization.

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About the Course

The Tinkering Fundamentals course will offer educators and enthusiasts an opportunity to develop a practice of tinkering and making. We see tinkering as a serious endeavor -- one that is generalizable across content and especially good at interweaving disciplines in a way that leads to complex projects and individualized learning opportunities.

Tinkering has recently been introduced into the educational field as a potential driver of creativity, excitement, and innovation in science learning. It is seen by many as an effective means to engage in exploring STEM concepts, practices and phenomena. Tinkering typically blends the high and low tech tools of science along with a strong aesthetic dimension that supports children's (and adults) self expression. For over a decade, the Exploratorium has been developing science-rich tinkering activities. Working with learning scientists, we have identified a set of design principles and indicators of learning that can help you to integrate tinkering activities into your elementary and middle school science programs. This course will focus on key design elements of high quality science-rich tinkering activities, facilitation strategies, and environmental organization. Selected tinkering activities will be centered around circuits for this course. We will review the ways in which tinkering supports science learning through providing opportunities to deepen engagement, intentionality, innovation, collaboration, and understanding. This course will excite you, inspire you, and get you tinkering in no time.

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Check Out Computer Science Online

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Computer Science Online is a self-funded and non-commercial organization that provides students and lifelong learners with educational, career and developmental information related to the world of computer science. Most recently, we launched a guide about the opportunities for women in the field of computer science. As you may know, women are greatly under-represented in CS, and we set out to produce a resource that helps address this issue and provides resources and tips for women interested in CS.


Here are a few notable resources:

- The Promotion of Women in Computer Science:

- The learning of computer science and coding at a young age. See the "Coding before College" guide:

- Discussion on the advantages of a master's degree in computer science:

- A field that is eager for diversity - a guide for minorities and computer science:

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Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Date: May 26, 2014
Subject: Invitation to participate in the 5th annual citywide
Denver Public Schools 8th Grade Career Fair
Denver Public Schools is excited and proud to announce that it will be hosting the
5th annual citywide career fair for its eighth graders. The event will be held on
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
at the National Western Complex off of I-70 & Brighton Boulevard.
The primary objective of the event is to expose the students to the vast
scope of careers available and to help them plan for their future.
Please let CTA know if your company will be participating by sending me an email,
Register with DPS today:
Please see the details below for more information.
What: Denver Public Schools Citywide 8th Grade Career Fair
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 9:15 am to 1:30 pm
Where: National Western Complex Expo Hall
4655 Humboldt Street Denver, CO 80216
Other: Chairs and tables (30” x 8’) provided free
Free parking
Complimentary Lunch
With your participation, we hope to make this another great day for our students.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Karen Ann Ellis –
Julia Henrichs –

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Tags:  career pathways  education  STEM  workforce 

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Exciting Opportunity to Pass on Your Knowledge! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Friday, May 16, 2014

The Denver Public Library is partnering with the City and County of Denver's Technology Services agency to host a two-week "Dev Camp" for teens aged 12-19. The Dev Camp will be a chance for these teens to learn the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, while working side-by-side with professionals in the IT industry.  This program is offered free-of-charge to the participants, but its success depends on IT professionals like you generously donating your time as a mentor.

Here's what will be expected of mentors in the Dev Camp program:

  • Commitment to provide guidance a s a mentor for 3 1/2 hours a day, three days a week, for a duration of two weeks (7/14 - 7/25/14)
  • Participation in a "closing ceremony", during which the participating teens will present their completed projects
  • Tons of enthusiasm!

This is an opportunity for you and your organization to shape the lives of future IT professionals, and to gain the extreme satisfaction that comes from giving back to your community.  We will provide you with all of the information and materials required to mentor your group of teens, and will also host a training session to get you started.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting initiative, please let me know as soon as possible.  We’re looking for 6-10 volunteers/companies. It does not have to be the same person for all the time slots. There will be considerable PR from the Library and the Mayor’s office around this program. 

Thank you for your consideration and time.

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National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity’s (NAPE) Education Foundation

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association, Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I am grateful to join the NAPE initiatives and am really looking forward to supporting these efforts.  Here's a little background on this important work:

The momentum around STEM in Colorado is not only driving change within our state but is also creating opportunities for Colorado to become involved in national initiatives. One such initiative is a NSF funded grant through the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE).

In 2012, The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity’s (NAPE) Education Foundation received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue and grow its STEM Equity Pipeline™ initiative. NAPE launched the STEM Equity Pipeline™ in 2007 with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Gender in Science and Engineering program. With the addition of this new NSF grant, NAPE’s STEM Equity Pipeline, currently working in 12 states, will be able to expand to 10 additional states. Colorado has been chosen as one of those states.

The project will work with both state- and local-level educators to develop policies and programs to ensure equity is integral to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives being developed in the state. The project will also provide intensive professional development to state and local administrators, counselors, and faculty to implement research-based practices designed to increase access, success, and post secondary transition of girls and women and other underrepresented groups in STEM. Please see the attached documents for additional information.

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