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Workforce and People

Stories about the coverage of the people behind state and local government IT service delivery, employment trends and strategies. Includes reporting on automation and other forces impacting IT personnel development.

Noting health-care staffing shortages across the U.S., the merger aims to make nursing school more accessible by offering prospective students digital loan repayment options based on their actual salary.
Batalla, who led information technology operations for the city of San Leandro, Calif., since February 2014, has accepted the CIO position in Santa Cruz County’s Information Services Department.
All city technology agencies will now operate under the Office of Technology and Innovation, overseen by Chief Technology Officer Matthew Fraser. Fraser took over the CTO position earlier this month.
Clay Garner began working with San Jose in 2019 as a tech policy analyst. He replaces Jordan Sun as the city’s chief innovation officer and comes to the position with a commitment to digital inclusion.
With a $735,000 grant from the Semiconductor Research Corporation, the university aims to ramp up research and workforce development in microelectronics to tackle supply chain issues and build next-generation technology.
After an eight-year tenure as CIO of Chattanooga, Tenn., Brent Messer has left his role. His replacement is Tyson Morris, who serves as global head of architecture, platforms and marketing operations for Coca-Cola.
The state's new governor has named a Federal Reserve veteran to take over an administrative role overseeing the IT agency. The incoming administration has called for more focus on cybersecurity and ransomware attacks.
The nonprofit CFES (College for Every Student) Brilliant Pathways program will offer sessions this month about essential skills in children, understanding pathways to careers, finding the right school, and financial aid.
As the popularity of tech-related degrees and training programs has yet to fill the growing need for IT talent, some career professionals share non-academic qualifications and experience that helped them succeed.
Columbia State Community College is preparing 10- or 12-week programs in software development, programming and user-centered design, in partnership with Upright Education, to bring more rural students into the tech fold.