Certified Government CIO Program Provides New Venue for Collaboration

In Pennsylvania, the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology’s CIO certificate program provides a place for IT chiefs to collaborate on innovative solutions to common problems.

by / December 9, 2011
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This fall, 25 Pennsylvania government CIOs trade ideas, learn from senior leaders and discuss how to meet growing technology demands with fewer resources in a certificate program at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

Budget cuts, increasing service demands and keeping up with emerging technologies like mobility and cloud computing have made the jobs of these CIOs tougher, said Charlie Gerhards, co-director of the Government Technology Institute that launched in August at the university.

"There are just a lot of things happening and a lot of demands on a CIO, and frankly there was never a venue for CIOs to collaborate, to look at best practices, to share ideas, to look at shared services as a way of dealing with some of this demand."

But through the Certified Government Chief Information Officer Program, the Pennsylvania university hopes to provide this venue.

Go to Government Technology’s sister publication Converge to read more about the CIO program.

Tanya Roscorla Former Managing Editor, CDE

Tanya Roscorla covered ed tech from 2009-2017.