The Nashville Technology Council, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Belmont University, 13 other local academic organizations and more than 50 area businesses recently launched their “Turning the Tide of Technology” initiative. The launch of the initiative was made official yesterday with each participant signing a charter agreement. Assistant Provost Glenn Acree, pictured signing the initiative, serves on the Tech Council’s Board of Directors.
The charter solidified a working partnership to continually raise awareness in the student community, enhance education programs and provide career opportunities to meet the workforce needs of Middle Tennessee. By signing the charter, organizations agreed to support and contribute to the overall success of the initiative.
“The signing of the charter agreement is an important step needed to aid in the continued growth of the Middle Tennessee technology community,” said Jeff Costantine, president, Nashville Technology Council. “The objectives of the initiative include, creating student interest in technology, raising student enrollment in technology related fields of study, addressing the rising demand of technology resources and working to align graduate skills to meet business demand to help fill area technology jobs.”
Prior to the launch, a working session, attended by more than 70 individuals from the technology community, was held to develop collaborative strategies. The three strategies identified are creating partnerships between academia and business, developing and communicating the message to improve perceptions and generate interest in technology and to understand and connect to students, high school and college, and parents.
Each strategy will have a working group, comprised of both academic and business leaders, which will meet to implement action items. Some of the action items include: the promotion of academic career fairs to NTC members; a guest speaker series at academic institutions; development and implementation of a media campaign for both internal and external use; meetings at organizations with undeclared students; resume writing sessions for technology-focused students; and the execution of periodic student surveys to measure the effectiveness of the initiative.