Resources, advice, and keys to success for homeschoolers and other k-12 online students. ASO also profiles different types of online learning and advancements in learning technologies.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. ACTE provides educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce.
Boulder Area STEM Education Coalition (BASEC) promotes interest and excellence in STEM education and is committed to expanding access to STEM in Boulder Communities and the region. BASEC mobilizes local stakeholders to improve the quality and access to STEM education programs and inform local and state policy.
The Colorado Community Colleges System plays a vital role in educating both the emerging and existing workforces, as well as meeting the needs of Colorado’s businesses and communities. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, CCCS drives 21st century workforce development in Colorado.
The Cololorado Department of Higher Education provides a comprehensive database of Colorado STEM degrees and certificates. Programs are searchable by public and private institutions.
The CDHE Skills for Jobs Report identifies trends in Colorado's
anticipated workforce needs and the number of degrees, certificates, and other credentials that
have been or are expected to be produced.
CodeHS partners with schools to spread the knowledge of computer science by offering well-crafted instructional materials supported by quality tutors.
College in Colorado is a free online resource for career and college planning designed for middle school, high school, and college students. It also provides information on financial aid planning and allows students to design their own path toward higher education.
The Colorado FIRST and Existing Industry grants increase transferable job skills that support both the company’s economic competitiveness and enhance worker's resumes and long-term employment opportunities. Colorado FIRST grants are for companies that are relocating to or expanding in Colorado and provide funds only to net new hires.
COLTT engages participants in learning about teaching practices and technologies. Presentations and hands-on workshops change the way they teach and learn in classrooms, online, and in virtual environments.
The Colorado STEM Education Roadmap was championed by the Colorado Education Initiative. Hundreds of stakeholders collaborated with CEI to create a comprehensive plan to expand STEM education in Colorado and grow Colorado's STEM talent pipeline.
The purpose of the CU-Boulder Center for STEM Learning is to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning at the University of Colorado Boulder, and to serve as a state, national, and international resource for such efforts.
The FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed.
Innovate+Educate is an industry-led nonprofit implementing research-based strategies to close the national skills gap and bridge the opportunity divide. Innovate+Educate is creating sustainable and scalable ecosystems that prove skills-based hiring, training and credentials open new pathways for job seekers, benefit employers and strengthen communities.
Internships and Apprenticeships
From prep programs to openings, a list of helpful resources.
KidsTek provides after-school computer programs and technology certification-earning programs for K-12 Colorado students. Their Colorado technology education services are tuition-free and funded by the generosity of corporations, foundations, and individuals like you.
Aspirations in Computing is a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) designed to increase women's meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women.
Sit With Me is a national campaign that invites you to validate and recognize the important role women play in creating future technology by taking a small but symbolic action: sit in a red chair and share your story.
OpenWorld Learning (OWL) supports children’s school success by tapping the power of digital technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning. OpenWorld Learning provides a fun and challenging after-school educational program centered on teaching advanced computer technology to Denver area students.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. PLTW's curriculum and teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate and community partners, help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in our global economy.
Specialisterne assess, train and employ individuals with autism as consultants in IT and other sectors with technically oriented tasks and jobs, with 80-90% of employees working at corporate partner sites. Specialisterne is internationally recognized as the first and foremost example of how high functioning people with autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder) can become effectively included in society, and provide valuable, high quality services to their employers.
STEMworks is an online resource for finding and investing in the nation’s leading STEM education programs. The national nonprofit, Change the Equation, establishes strict quality standards for all programs featured in the STEMWorks database to ensure high impact investments and quality programs.
Tec-P is a regional, joint project which will benefit long-term unemployed and underemployed people on the Front Range and Western Slope in Colorado using collaborations between employers, educational institutions and job training programs. This program is part of a federal grant funded through Colorado workforce centers to build the state’s information technology and advanced manufacturing sectors.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Since TSA was chartered in 1978, over 2,000,000 student members have participated through challenging competitions, leadership opportunities, and community service.
LOCAL USER GROUPS
NATIONAL AND GLOBAL GROUPS
Important organizations supporting the technology industry and computer science.
American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
Among its some 4,000 members, ASIS&T counts information specialists in computer science, linguistics, management, librarianship, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education. The society is committed to finding new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Founded in 1947 as an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the art, science, engineering, and application of information technology and serves both professional and public interests.
Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)
Association for Women in Computing The Association for Women in Computing was founded in 1978 and was one of the first professional organizations for women in computing. They have chapters worldwode, as well as individual members.
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) A nonprofit member association, founded in 1893, dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and technology education.
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology A nationally recognized organization that provides platforms allowing women’s voices, ideas and spirits to influence technology. The mission is to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, to increase the positive impact of technology on the lives of the world’s women, and to help communities, industry, education and government benefit from these increases.
Association of Information Technology Professionals The leading, worldwide society of professionals in information technology.
Code.org Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. We believe computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
Computer Science Online An in-depth website for potential and current students considering a career with computers, software engineering, and more. Our staff is passionate about technology and dedicated to helping others find the information they need to make decisions about their future in the fast moving and rapidly growing tech industry.
The Computing Research Association Composed of more than 200 academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields. Their mission is to strengthen research and advanced education in the computing fields, expand opportunities for women and minorities, and policy work.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society With over 200 chapters worldwide, the Computer Society was formed, "to advance the theory, practice, and application of computer and information processing science and technology.” This society traces its roots back to 1971, and is also a part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Girls Who Code's vision is to reach gender parity in computing fields. We believe this is paramount to ensure the economic prosperity of women, families, and communities across the globe, and to equip citizens with the 21st century tools for innovation and social change. We believe that more girls exposed to computer science at a young age will lead to more women working in the technology and engineering fields.
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Serves the professional and scientific needs of Operations Research and Management Sciences investigators, scientists, educators, students, and managers, as well as the institutions they serve where Operations Research (OR) and the Management Sciences (MS) are the professional disciplines that deal with the application of information technology for informed decision-making.
National Center for Women in Technology NCWIT works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance. Increasing the number of women in technology and computing also has the potential to improve the design of products and services to better serve a more diverse population, and increase economic and social well-being by providing more women with stable and lucrative careers.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Dedicated to advancing the application of mathematics to science and industry, to promoting mathematical research that could lead to effective new methods and techniques for science and industry, and to providing media for the exchange of information and ideas among mathematicians, engineers, and scientists. In conjunction with the AMS, they also provide career information and services to the mathematics community through the AMS-SIAM Mathematics Careers Bulletin Board which is an interactive service that informs students about non-academic career choices in the mathematical sciences.
UPGlobal We are on a mission to make the world a more innovative and prosperous place, one community at a time. We believe that entrepreneurs are critical to driving a strong global economy and a better world. We do our part by supporting the grassroots leaders who are at the core of every strong entrepreneurial community.
USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association Founded in 1975, USENIX brings together engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working in computer science.
Women Who Code is a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We provide an avenue into tech, empower women with skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments where networking and mentorship are valued. The organization has executed more than 900 events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 14,000, and has a presence in 14 countries.