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Tech Talent Initiatives

CTA’s Foundation-led talent agenda includes initiatives that support the health of Colorado’s tech talent pipeline supplying the workforce demanded by companies. These programs align to different populations in the pipeline from youth to young adults to employed to those changing careers.


Career Pathways


Competencies. Skillful is aimed at bridging seekers to jobs, especially those not requiring a BA, as well as encouraging employers to post competency-based job descriptions without BA required if irrelevant. Next key step is to take the defined competency maps to educators/trainers to influence stronger assessment and curriculum alignment. Skillful was launched in March built by the Markle Foundation involving a large public private partnership. More:

Published Pathways Information. A legislation enabled partnership with the Colorado Workforce Development Council is focused on updating IT career pathways information on major state websites; collecting information state-wide on the trends and needs for an improved tech talent pipeline; and launching a state-level landing page to coalesce all major IT career information to make it more readily available to people across the population spectrum.  More:


Women in Tech


CTA’s diversity and inclusion agenda includes initiatives that attract girls to careers in tech, help women in tech continue to grow and thrive, and help companies build women-friendly cultures.  Women occupy nearly 24% of the IT workforce in Colorado today.

Corporate Women’s Networks.  Many corporations have women learning internal networks to help women grow professionally.  We convene the Colorado leaders of these networks so they can share best practices and resources, as well as outline barriers to success so that we can work to solve these collectively or through broader public-private partnerships.

Annual Women in Tech Conference.  Every June women in tech convene for a full-day retreat celebrating women across Colorado’s growing tech community. Participants will hear from a variety of dynamic speakers and engage in meaningful discourse on thought leadership, innovation, opportunities and challenges surrounding women in today’s technology workforce.

Million Women Mentors – NEW PROGRAM.  CTA’s corporate women’s network leaders are leading Colorado's efforts.

White House TechHire Initiative


Let's rapidly train and place more Coloradans to fill open tech jobs! There are over 250 million job openings in information technology fields like software development, network administration, and cyber security in the U.S. today.  Representative Dan Pabon Colorado, the Colorado Technology Association, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Colorado Workforce Development Council.  In March 2015, President Obama Announced Colorado Included in Effort and Call to Action to Give Americans Pathways to Well-Paying Technology to learn more.


Colorado STEM Education


Led by the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), the Roadmap is a collaboration of various stakeholders coming together to define a plan that will bring the vision for STEM education in Colorado into focus. The vision that Colorado will be the most innovative state in the country in growing a local talent pipeline by ensuring all learners have the STEM education and experiences needed to succeed in an innovative economy. CTA's role in these efforts is working to engage employers in meaningful partnerships with education to fill the talent pipeline for Colorado's technology economy.

STEM Ecosystem Initiative.  Colorado was also recently selected to participate in the STEM Ecosystem Initiative, see for more details. 

Compute Colorado. We partner with CEI, the National Center for Women & Technology and Oracle Academy to lead this education and technology task force of Colorado school district leaders, state industry executives, and national experts. The goal is to develop a strategy for increasing the number and diversity of Colorado students prepared to compete for high-demand, high-wage technology jobs. 

Stemworks.   STEM programs are vital for student STEM competency development and career exploration. Through STEMWorks, we partner with the Colorado Education Initiative to identify quality extended learning programs. The desired result is to influence more direct corporate investment into these qualified programs, as well as to raise funds to provide to boost promising programs. 

Denver Broncos Tackle STEM Coach of the Month.  The Denver Broncos Tackle STEM Coach of the Month program recognizes high-performing STEM educators with a distinguished award and prize package to celebrate innovations and breakthroughs in STEM education across the state. 

Colorado STEM Connect.   The Connectory is a national database of STEM programs and we’re implementing it in Colorado. The objective is to have all STEM programs across Colorado centrally listed and searchable to make it dramatically easier for students and families to find the programs that are right for them to increase STEM literacy for all youth in Colorado.  

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